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Stats and Graphs: State of the Library Job Market

It’s Staturday!

It’s time for our annualish check-in with our surveys.  This week: What’s the JOB market like nowadays?

Last time we checked in, 204 people who hire librarians had responded to our State of the Library Job Market Survey.  Now we’re up to 267! (It’s still open, so if you’ve hired at least one librarian and want to add your voice, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey )

And now, here are the

Results!

Approximately how many people applied for the last librarian (or other professional level) job at your workplace?

 how many applied
25 or fewer    116    44.1%
25-75    98    37.3%
75-100    24    9.1%
more than 100, but less than 200    16    6.1%
more than 200    4    1.5%
Other    5    1.9%

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

 pct hirable
25% or less 164 62.6%
26-50% 55 21.0%
51-75% 15 5.7%
more than 75% 12 4.6%
other 16 6.1%

Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?

 feedback
Yes    21    8%
No    161    61.2%
Other    81    30.8%

The Workplace

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

 number of EEs
0-10    45    17%
10-50    109    41.1%
50-100    40    15.1%
100-200    36    13.6%
200+    35    13.2%

How many permanent, full time librarian (or other professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?

 FT lib
1    58    22.1%
2    61    23.2%
3-4    53    20.2%
5-6    32    12.2%
7 or more    27    10.3%
Other    32    12.2%

How many permanent, full time para-professional (or other non-professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?

 FT parapro
1    41    16%
2    39    15.2%
3-4    53    20.6%
5-6    29    11.3%
7 or more    40    15.6%
Other    55    21.4%

Can you tell us how the number of permanent, full-time librarian positions at your workplace has changed over the past decade?

 num of positions change
There are more positions    90    34.2%
There are fewer positions    94    35.7%
There are the same number of positions    56    21.3%
I don’t know    15    5.7%
Other    8    3%

Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with part-time or hourly workers over the past decade?

 replace PT
Yes    73    27.7%
No    167    63.3%
I don’t know    16    6.1%
Other    8    3%

Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with para-professional workers over the past decade?

 replace para
Yes    73    27.7%
No    167    63.3%
I don’t know    16    6.1%
Other    8    3%

Is librarianship a dying profession?

 dying profession
Yes    76    28.9%
No    165    62.7%
I don’t know    15    5.7%
Other    7    2.7%

Demographics

Where are you?

region
Northeastern US    54    20.5%
Midwestern US    66    25%
Southern US    70    26.5%
Western US    60    22.7%
Canada    5    1.9%
UK    1    0.4%
Australia/New Zealand    0    0%
Other    8    3%

Where are you?

urban
Urban area    107    40.4%
Suburban area    97    36.6%
Rural area    51    19.2%
Other    10    3.8%

What type of institution do you hire for?

lib type
Academic Library    144    55.4%
Public Library    99    38.1%
School Library    1    0.4%
Special Library    4    1.5%
Archives    1    0.4%
Other    11    4.2%

Are you a librarian?

r u lib
Yes 189 93%
No 3 1%
It’s complicated 9 4%

Are you now or have you ever been:

hiring role
A hiring manager    214    81.7%
A member of a hiring or search committee    233    88.9%
Human resources    14    5.3%
Other    7    2.7%

Would you like to have information about you or your organization shared ?

anonymous
No, I prefer to remain anonymous    229    86.7%
Yes, and I’ll give you my email address on the next page    35    13.3%

I also have a post about the answer to I want to hire someone who is: here

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Stats and Graphs: 576 Job hunters

It’s Staturday!

It’s time for our annualish check-in with our surveys.  This week: the survey with the most respondents, which I affectionately call Job Hunter’s Revenge.

Last time we checked in, we had 543 responses.  Now we’ve got 576!  

Results!

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

salary


Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not 223    38.8%
Only for certain kinds of employers 80    13.9%
No (even if I might think it *should* be) 202    35.1%
Other 63    11%

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

liars

Yes              59         10.3%
No             446         77.6%
Other               60         10.4%

When would you like employers to contact you?

when to communicate


To acknowledge my application    429    74.9%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage    519    90.6%
To follow-up after an interview    373    65.1%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me    511    89.2%
Other    69    12%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

communication method


Phone    47    8.2%
Email    245    42.6%
Mail    1    0.2%
Phone for good news, email for bad news    238    41.4%
Other    39    6.8%

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

important events


Tour of facility    394    70%
Being taken out to meal    18    3.2%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers    521    92.5%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary    217    38.5%
Being able to present    73    13%
Other    127    22.6%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Demographics

Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

currently employed
Yes    464    80.7%
No    108    18.8%

Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

hired last 2 mos

Yes    128    22.3%
No    438    76.2%

How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?

length of search


Less than six months    184    32%
Six months to a year    156    27.1%
A year to 18 months    83    14.4%
More than 18 months    147    25.6%

What type(s) of organization are you looking in?

org type

Academic library    468    82.1%
Archives    196    34.4%
Library vendor/service provider    163    28.6%
Public library    382    67%
School library    92    16.1%
Special library    311    54.6%
Other    132    23.2%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What position level are you looking for?

pos level

Entry level    382    67%
Requiring at least two years of experience    349    61.2%
Supervisory    150    26.3%
Department Head    81    14.2%
Senior Librarian    86    15.1%
Branch Manager    60    10.5%
Director/Dean    35    6.1%
Other    52    9.1%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Where are you?

where 1


Australia/New Zealand    0    0%
Canada    22    3.8%
Midwestern US    150    26.1%
Northeastern US    170    29.6%
Southern US    104    18.1%
UK    1    0.2%
Western US    110    19.1%
Other    17    3%

Where are you?

where 2


Urban area    217    37.7%
City/Town    177    30.8%
Suburban area    116    20.2%
Rural area    54    9.4%
Other    9    1.6%

Are you willing/able to move for employment?

willing to move


No    155    27%
Yes, anywhere    209    36.4%
Other    204    35.5%

Would you like to include a short bio with your answers?

org type


No    439    76.3%
Yes    113    19.7%
Other    18    3.1%
This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

Also if you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

Finally, if you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: State of the Library Job Market

It’s Staturday!

204 people who hire librarians have responded to our new State of the Library Job Market Survey.  It’s still open, so if you’ve hired at least one librarian and want to add your voice, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey

And now, here are the

Results!

Approximately how many people applied for the last librarian (or other professional level) job at your workplace?

25 or fewer 86 42%
25-75 74 36%
75-100 20 10%
more than 100, but less than 200 15 7%
more than 200 2 1%
Other 5 2%

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

 hirable
25% or less 130 64%
26-50% 41 20%
51-75% 10 5%
more than 75% 6 6%
Other 15 7%

Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?

Yes 17 8%
No 123 60%
Other 61 30%

The Workplace

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

0-10 33 16%
10-50 80 39%
50-100 32 16%
100-200 30 15%
200+ 27 13%

How many permanent, full time librarian (or other professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?

1 43 21%
2 44 22%
3-4 38 19%
5-6 29 14%
7 or more 22 11%
Other 26 13%

How many permanent, full time para-professional (or other non-professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?

1 29 14%
2 29 14%
3-4 39 19%
5-6 23 11%
7 or more 33 16%
Other 43 21%

Can you tell us how the number of permanent, full-time librarian positions at your workplace has changed over the past decade?

There are more positions 73 36%
There are fewer positions 67 33%
There are the same number of positions 41 20%
I don’t know 13 6%
Other 6 3%

Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with part-time or hourly workers over the past decade?

Yes 53 26%
No 126 62%
I don’t know 14 7%
Other 8 4%

Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with para-professional workers over the past decade?

Yes 53 26%
No 128 63%
I don’t know 14 7%
Other 6 3%

Is librarianship a dying profession?

Yes 9 4%
No 151 74%
I don’t know 16 8%
Other 24 12%

Demographics

Where are you?

Northeastern US 39 19%
Midwestern US 48 24%
Southern US 53 26%
Western US 51 25%
Canada 4 2%
UK 1 0%
Australia/New Zealand 0 0%
Other 5 2%

Where are you?

Urban area 80 39%
Suburban area 78 38%
Rural area 38 19%
Other 6 3%

What type of institution do you hire for?

Academic Library 106 52%
Public Library 78 38%
School Library 1 0%
Special Library 4 2%
Archives 1 0%
Other 9 4%

Are you a librarian?

Yes 189 93%
No 3 1%
It’s complicated 9 4%

Are you now or have you ever been:

A hiring manager 167 82%
A member of a hiring or search committee 181 89%
Human resources 11 5%
Other 6 3%

Would you like to have information about you or your organization shared ?

No, I prefer to remain anonymous 178 87%
Yes, and I’ll give you my email address on the next page 24 12

We’ll post the first full response tomorrow.   You’ll see longer answers to questions such as:

And how would you define “hirable”?

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?

What is the most important thing for a job hunter to do in order to improve his/her/their hirability?

I want to hire someone who is ___________.

Does your workplace require experience for entry-level professional positions? If so, is it an official requirement or just what happens in practice?

Is librarianship a dying profession? Why or why not?

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Stats and Graphs: Them’s Hiring Words

Didja see that there’s a new survey?

This week we launched a State of the Job Market survey. It asks people who hire librarians, and other LIS workers, to tell us things like the number of people who applied to their last job opening, why candidates are eliminated at the application stage, and if the number of full time librarian positions has increased or decreased over the last decade.

We’ve had about 140 respondents. I’m hoping to get a few more before posting the initial statistics. If you hire LIS workers, please take the survey: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey If you know someone who hires LIS workers, please pass on the link.

In the meantime, here is a little peek at the responses to a question that asks hiring librarians to finish a sentence.

I want to hire someone who is:
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Stats and Graphs: What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School? 324 Responses

It’s Staturday!

When we last visited the What Should Potential Hires Learn in Library School? survey, we had 263 responses.  As of 12/20/2014, we now have 324 responses.  The survey is and will remain open at
http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibschoolsurvey,

And now, here are the

Results!

(A disclaimer: Please be advised this is not Science, and you shouldn’t try to extrapolate these trends to the world at large. Be a dear and also forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity.)

 

Do library schools teach candidates the job skills you are looking for in potential hires?

 

Yes 24    7%
No 42 13%
Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate 230    71%
You can’t teach the job skills I need in library school 8 2%
Other 17    5%

Should library students focus on learning theory or gaining practical skills? (Where 5 is practice, 1 is theory and 3 means “both equally”)

 

1 (Theory) 2      1%
2 29      9%
3 (Both Equally) 147     45%
4 111      34%
5 (Practice) 32       10%

What coursework do you think all (or most) MLS/MLIS holders should take, regardless of focus?

Reference 249   77%
Collection Management 233   72%
Project Management 211  65%
Library Management 195  60%
Research Methods 193  60%
Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations) 191 59%
Cataloging 184 57%
Web Design/Usability 184 57%
Instruction 176 54%
Field Work/Internships 173 53%
Marketing 165 51%
Outreach 159 49%
Budgeting/Accounting 158 49%
Digital Collections 137 42%
Information Behavior 137 42%
Grant Writing 125 39%
Readers’ Advisory 122 38%
Programming (Events) 114 35%
Metadata 100 31%
Services to Special Populations 87 27%
History of Books/Libraries 79 24%
Other 48 15%
Programming (Coding) 42 13%
Archives 30 9%
Vocabulary Design 29 9%
Portfolio/ePortfolio 16 5%

 

When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently? (Example: a candidate who took an instructional design class vs. a candidate who taught library instruction sessions.)

 

Yes–I value skills gainedthrough a student job more highly 155      48%
Yes–I value skills gainedthrough coursework more highly 5 2%
No preference–as long as they have theskill, I don’t care how they got it 135 42%
Other 29 9%

Which of the following experiences should library students have upon graduating?

Internship or practicum 250 77%
Library work experience 237 73%
Professional organization involvement 133 41%
Other presentation 73 23%
Teaching assistant/Other instructional experience 64 20%
Student organization involvement 61 19%
Other 42 13%
Conference presentation 31 10%
Other publication 17 5%
Scholarly publication 13 4%

Where are you?

Northeastern US 58 18%
Midwestern US 80 25%
Southern US 73 23%
Western US 75 23%
Canada 13 4%
UK 6 2%
Australia/New Zealand 7 2%
Other 7 2%

Where are you?

Urban area 124 38%
Suburban area 61 19%
City/town 99 31%
Rural area 30 9%
Other 8 2%

What type of institution do you hire for?

 

Academic Library 138 43%
Public Library 138 43%
School Library 6 2%
Special Library 26 8%
Archives 1 0%
Other 11 3%

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

 

0-10 58 18%
10-50 121 37%
50-100 60 19%
100-200 35 11%
200+ 46 14%

Are you a librarian?

Yes 305 94%
No 4 1%
It’s complicated 14 4%

 

Are you now or have you ever been:

A hiring manager (you are hiring people thatyou will directly or indirectly supervise) 250 77%
A member of a hiring or search committee 269 83%
Human resources 14 4%
Other 15 5%

Would you like to have information about you or your organization shared ?

No, I prefer to remain anonymous

286

88%

Yes, and I’ll give you my email address on the next page

35

11%

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Stats and Graphs: 543 Job hunters

It’s Staturday!

Have you been enjoying the follow ups with individual job hunters?  

Last time we checked in, we had 428 responses.  Now we’ve got 543!  Here are the year-end

Results!

(As always, please forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity)

 

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?


Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not 216   40%
Only for certain kinds of employers 73   13%
No (even if I might think it *should* be) 188   35%
Other 59   11%

 

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?


Yes 57   10%
No 420   77%
Other 56   10%

 

When would you like employers to contact you?


To acknowledge my application 405   75%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage 489   90%
To follow-up after an interview 353   65%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me 480   88%
Other 67   12%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

Phone 47 9%
Email 231 43%
Mail 1 0%
Phone for good news, email for bad news 222 41%
Other 37 7%

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?


Tour of facility 374 69%
Being taken out to meal 18 3%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers 491 90%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary 202 37%
Being able to present 68 13%
Other 121 22%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Demographics

Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

Yes 438 81%
No 102 19%

Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?


Yes 123 23%
No 411 76%

 

How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?


Less than six months 171 31%
Six months to a year 146 27%
A year to 18 months 82 15%
More than 18 months 139 26%

 

What type(s) of organization are you looking in?


Academic library 445 82%
Archives 188 35%
Library vendor/service provider 155 29%
Public library 361 66%
School library 90 17%
Special library 291 54%
Other 129 24%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What position level are you looking for?


Entry level 362   67%
Requiring at least two years of experience 326 60%
Supervisory 139 26%
Department Head 75 14%
Senior Librarian 82 15%
Branch Manager 57 10%
Director/Dean 33 6%
Other 49 9%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Where are you?


Australia/New Zealand 0 0%
Canada 19 3%
Midwestern US 146 27%
Northeastern US 154 28%
Southern US 100 18%
UK 1 0%
Western US 106 20%
Other 16 3%

 

Where are you?


Urban area 199    37%
City/Town 171 31%
Suburban area 111 20%
Rural area 53 10%
Other 7 1%

 

Are you willing/able to move for employment?


No 145 27%
Yes, anywhere 200 37%
Other 194 36%

 

Would you like to include a short bio with your answers?

No 415 76%
Yes 108 20%
Other 15 3%

Number of daily responses

This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

Also if you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

Finally, if you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: 428 Job hunters

It’s Staturday!

Last time we checked in, on January 19, 2013, we had responses from 360 job hunters. 

daily responses

This Staturday, we’re looking at 428 responses, collected beginning on the survey’s launch, 12/27/2013, through 11/30/2013.

 The survey is still open, and if you’re looking for work, you can take it here: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

I’m also in the middle of doing follow-up interviews.  If you’re interested, email me at hiringlibrarians at gmail.  

And now for the…

Results!

(Please again forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity)

 Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

 

salary range
Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not 175   41%
Only for certain kinds of employers 56   13%
No (even if I might think it *should* be) 146   34%
Other 51   12%

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

lies

Yes 47   11%
No 329   77%
Other 52   12%

When would you like employers to contact you?

contact method

To acknowledge my application 312   73%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage 384   90%
To follow-up after an interview 280   66%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me 377   88%
Other 54    13%

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

 

communicate method
Phone 41   10%
Email 183   43%
Mail 1    0%
Phone for good news, email for bad news 167   39%
Other 36   8%

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

important events

 

Tour of facility 287   69%
Being taken out to meal 13    3%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers 384   92%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary 155   37%
Being able to present 55   13%
Other 93   22%

 

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Demographics

Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

currently employed
Yes 344   80%
No 82   19%
Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

 

hired in the last two months
Yes 106   25%
No 316   74%

How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?

 

length of hunt
Less than six months 123   29%
Six months to a year 117   27%
A year to 18 months 69   16%
More than 18 months 115   27%

What type(s) of organization are you looking in?

 

org types

 

Academic library 350   82%
Archives 147   35%
Library vendor/service provider 130   31%
Public library 284   67%
School library 80   19%
Special library 238   56%
Other 101   24%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
What position level are you looking for?

 

position level
Entry level 286   67%
Requiring at least two years of experience 246   58%
Supervisory 104   24%
Department Head 57   13%
Senior Librarian 69   16%
Branch Manager 43   10%
Director/Dean 26    6%
Other 40    9%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
Where are you?

 

region
Australia/New Zealand 0    0%
Canada 11    3%
Midwestern US 121   28%
Northeastern US 125   29%
Southern US 82   19%
UK 1    0%
Western US 77   18%
Other 11    3%

Where are you? 

 urbanity

Urban area 150   35%
City/Town 133   31%
Suburban area 97   23%
Rural area 43   10%
Other 5    1%
Are you willing/able to move for employment?

 

 willing to move

No 120   28%
Yes, anywhere 161   38%
Other 147   34%

 

This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

If you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: 246 Responses on What Candidates Should Wear

The last time we looked at stats and graphs for what candidates should wear was October 2012.  We’ve had a few more responses trickle in, but mostly I just want to revisit these stats.

number of responses

I also want to add my standard disclaimer that I’m using Google forms, and the charts it generates cut off some of the answer choices.  It takes me a while to do a post like this, and even longer to make it prettier in Excel, so I’ll ask you to please just excuse how sloppy it looks.  This is a labor of love, and I’m a busy lady.

Also I don’t use probability sampling, so what happens in the survey can’t be assumed to be what happens in the larger population.  And this survey mashes together the responses of academic, public, special, school and other library organizations (although you’ll see that the majority of responses are from Academic librarians).

These responses have been collected between the survey’s launch, on 9/3/2012 and 11/30/2013.  We are still collecting responses!  If you want to take the survey, go to: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibOUTFITsurvey 

The survey was co-written by Jill from Librarian Hire Fashion.  Want to talk more about interview outfits?  That’s the Tumblr to do it on!

And now the

RESULTS!

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

wear a suit

Yes, absolutely! It shows respect and professionalism 48   20%
Probably, yes (but it’s ok if the candidate wears something a little less formal) 132   54%
Probably not (but it’s ok if the candidate does wear one) 36   15%
No way! It shows a lack of understanding about my library and/or the nature of librarianship 2    1%
I don’t care 12    5%
Other 16    7%

 

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

blazer trousers

Counts as a suit 181   74%
Is totally different 22    9%
I do not know and/or care 30   12%
Other 13    5%

Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer. 

bare arms

True 99   40%
False 66   27%
I don’t care 46   19%
Other 35   14%

 

If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose? 

pantyhose

Never, pantyhose is for my grandmother 10    4%
No, but it’s not a dealbreaker 84   34%
Either pantyhose or tights. Bare legs are inappropriate 49   20%
Yes, true professionals always wear pantyhose 11    4%
Other 92   37%

Women should wear make-up to an interview: 

make up

Always 13    5%
I don’t care, as long as it’s not over-the-top 108   44%
I don’t care what’s on the face, it’s what’s in the brain that counts 103   42%
Never 0    0%
Other 22    9%

 

Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?

formality

Yes, the higher the position, the more formal I expect the candidate to dress 190   77%
No 38   15%
I don’t care 9    4%
Other 9    4%

 

Which jewelry may candidates wear:

jewelry

Single, simple necklace, bracelet, and/or ring 181   75%
A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings 177   73%
All of the simple necklaces, bracelets, and rings he or she can load on 43   18%
Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings 139   57%
Nose Ring (nostril) 86   36%
Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing 61   25%
Earrings 188   78%
Multiple Ear Piercings 136   56%
Large gauge ear jewelry (stretched ears) 49   20%
Other 76   31%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

hair colors

All of them, even pink 129   52%
Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray) 89   36%
Other 28   11%

 

The way a candidate dresses should:

neutral or personality

Show personality 60   24%
Be fairly neutral 99   40%
I don’t really care how a candidate dresses 26   11%
Other 61   25%

What the Library Wears

On a scale of  1 to 5, where one is too dressed up for your workplace, khakis and a polo shirt are:

khakis and a polo

1 –
Too dressed up for my workplace
1    0%
2 4    2%
3 177   72%
4 37   15%
5 –
Too casual for my workplace
15    6%

 

What’s the dress code at your library/organization?

dress code

Business formal 8    3%
Business casual 146   59%
Casual 51   21%
I don’t even know what any of that means 2    1%
Other 39   16%

Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code?

forbidden items

Jeans 65   28%
Flip flops 113   49%
Visible Tattoos 28   12%
Short skirts/shorts 94   41%
Tank tops 98   42%
Logos/band insignia/slogans 78   34%
Sneakers/trainers 36   16%
N/A: We wear what we want! 50   22%
Other 135   58%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Librarians at your organization wear:

Name tags 102   61%
Badges 46   27%
Uniforms 1    1%
Shirt, waistcoat/vest, or other single piece of clothing issued by the library 6    4%
Other 57   34%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Demographics

What type of institution do you hire for?

type

Academic Library 134   54%
Public Library 80   33%
School Library 2    1%
Special Library 12    5%
Archives 9    4%
Other 9    4%

Where are you?

region

 

Northeastern US 61   25%
Midwestern US 65   26%
Southern US 60   24%
Western US 37   15%
Canada 9    4%
UK 5    2%
Australia/New Zealand 1    0%
Other 8    3%

Where are you?

urbanity

 

Urban area 80   33%
Suburban area 56   23%
City/town 74   30%
Rural area 31   13%
Other 5    2%

How many staff members are at your library?

numbers of staff

 

0-10 61   25%
10-50 115   47%
50-100 31   13%
100-200 22    9%
200+ 15    6%

Are you a librarian?

r u lib

 

Yes 222   90%
No 6    2%
It’s complicated 18    7%

Are you now or have you ever been:

r u now

a hiring manager (you are hiring people that you will directly or indirectly supervise) 179   74%
a member of a hiring or search committee 207   85%
human resources 8    3%
Other 6    2%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What do you think?  What should we have asked?  I realize we don’t talk about religious garb, or neckties… what else did we miss? Please comment below or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: 179 Responses to the Original Survey

So it’s been a slow year for the original survey. The last time I posted statistics (October 2012), there were 160 responses, 50 of which had been collected in the prior six months, with the remaining majority having been collected in the first month (March 2012).   There are currently 179 responses.

Distribution of Responses Over Time

number of daily responses

You can see in the chart above that responses spiked after the What to Wear survey, and have been at a very slow pop since. Even with the relatively small increase from last year, it’s been long enough that I’d like to post statistics from this survey again.

This post uses responses collected from the survey’s launch, on February 24, 2012 to November 30th, 2013. The charts and tables in this post are automatically generated by the Google Form.  So there are a few problems, including the truncation of labels on the charts.

Please remember the limitations of this project, which is more for FUN than for SCIENCE. The survey responses are a result of non-probability sampling. I have no way of knowing that the people who responded actually have anything to do with library hiring – they are mostly anonymous, even to me. In addition, these charts and tables mash together the disparate hiring practices of academic, public, school, special and other library organizations (hence the conflating of resume/cv).

As with most career sites, I think job hunters should completely disregard anything stated here when appropriate. You’re a unique person, and so is the organization that wants to hire you.

That being said, here are the aggregated:

RESULTS!

Applications

How many pages should a cover letter be?

pgs cover letter

Only one! 88   49%
Two is ok, but no more 47   26%
As many as it takes, but shorter is better 30   17%
As many as it takes, I love reading 1    1%
Other 13    7%

How many pages should a resume/CV be?

pgs resume

Only one! 6    3%
Two is ok, but no more 48   27%
As many as it takes, but keep it short and sweet 88   49%
As many as it takes, I want to look at every accomplishment 17    9%
Other 20   11%

Do you have a preferred format for application documents?

app doc format

.doc 4    2%
.docx 2    1%
.pdf 56   31%
No preference, as long as I can open it 103   58%
Other 14    8%

Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?

obj statement

Yes 14    8%
No 91   51%
I don’t care 60   34%
Other 14    8%

If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?

submit cover letter

In the body of the email only 3    2%
As an attachment only 69   39%
Both as an attachment and in the body of the email 33   18%
I don’t care 54   30%
Other 20   11%

Demographics

What library/institution type do you hire for?

type of institution

Academic library 78   44%
Public library 55   31%
School library 4    2%
Special library 15    8%
Archives 6    3%
Other 21   12%

How many staff members are in your library?

number of staff

0-10 47   26%
10-50 68   38%
50-100 25   14%
100-200 21   12%
200+ 16    9%

Are you a librarian?

r u lib

Yes 161   90%
No 7    4%
It’s complicated 9    5%

Are you now or have you ever been:

now or have you ever been

a hiring manager 152   86%
a member of a hiring committee 142   81%
human resources 8    5%
Other 6    3%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Thank you again to all the people who hire librarians that responded! 

We will continue to collect responses. If you hire librarians, and you’d like to take this survey, the link is: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibsurvey

Thank you again for reading!

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Have you noticed any interesting commonalities among the longer interviews? Is there advice you agree or disagree with? Did anything particularly surprise you?  

And what should we ask about next?  Here at Hiring Librbarians, question suggestions and survey ideas are always welcome. And the comments are always open.

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Stats and Graphs: How much coursework should you cram in to library school?

It’s STATURDAY!

I often hear grousing on Twitter about the number of responses checked off for the question “What coursework do you think all (or most) MLS/MLIS holders should take, regardless of focus?

“They’ve picked too many answers,” the grousers say. “These hiring managers are out of touch.  Library schools only require a few core courses.  No one could ever take all these classes!  You need to restrict them to just picking a few.”

Well, ok.

I think the major problem here is mistaking the word “coursework” for “course.”  The question is really soliciting topics, rather than classes.  For example, 149 respondents (48%) indicated that they thought all students should have coursework in budgeting/accounting.  We covered budgeting/accounting in my collection management class. 72% of respondents said all students should do coursework in collection management.  Hey, I killed two birds with one stone!

This question might be more analogous with core competency requirements, rather than core courses.  In another personal example, San Jose State required me to take only five core classes: an orientation to online learning, information and society, information retrieval, information organizations and management, and research methods.  In contrast, it required me to demonstrate that I filled 14 core competencies, ranging from instruction to communication to ethics.

This also brings up the question, is it appropriate to say hiring managers are out of touch?  Isn’t it the job of the school to know what managers need, rather than the job of hiring managers to know what schools are teaching?  Aren’t schools supposed to be preparing students for work, and shouldn’t they therefore be teaching the things that hiring managers need us to know?  

Methods

Here’s what I did.  First, I copied and pasted the auto-generated table for this question’s responses from Google Forms onto an excel spreadsheet. Then I recalculated the percentages to show the percentage of total respondents that picked each topic (how many out of 308).  I also used Excel to generate a graph showing the spread of responses.

Second, I copied and pasted the column containing  the text of all of these responses to this question into excel, used text to columns to separate topic choices into cells, cleaned it up a bit, and counted the number of topics each respondent picked.  I used excel to find different kinds of averages, as well as to count the the number of occurrences for each quantity of topics picked.  This second step took quite a while.

Thirdly, I looked at the write-in answers.  There weren’t a lot (62 topics, by 45 respondents).  Maybe because they had so many options already! I coded and counted the occurrence of similar answers.

Lastly, I sat down to write this.

Findings

Respondents had a choice of 25 topics, plus the option to write in their own. Here is the range of choices, with the number of times each was picked, and the percentage of total respondents who picked it:

Reference 237 77%
Collection Management 223 72%
Project Management 199 65%
Library Management 191 62%
Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations) 183 59%
Research Methods 182 59%
Web Design/Usability 175 57%
Cataloging 174 56%
Instruction 168 55%
Field Work/Internships 165 54%
Marketing 157 51%
Outreach 152 49%
Budgeting/Accounting 149 48%
Digital Collections 134 44%
Information Behavior 130 42%
Readers’ Advisory 117 38%
Grant Writing 115 37%
Programming (Events) 108 35%
Metadata 96 31%
Services to Special Populations 82 27%
History of Books/Libraries 76 25%
Other 45 15%
Programming (Coding) 38 12%
Archives 29 9%
Vocabulary Design 27 9%
Portfolio/ePortfolio 15 5%

Here is the same information, only as a graph (click it to see one big enough to read):

coursework choices

The average (Mean) number of options each respondent picked?

10!

The dead center number of options each respondent picked (Median)?

10!

The most frequent number of options each respondent picked (Mode)?

7!

But what was the full range of picks?  What are the different quantities of topics picked, and how many people chose each of the different quantities?

I’m glad you asked, please look at this table:

No. of topics picked How many picked that number of topics?
0 2
1 1
2 5
3 6
4 14
5 14
6 26
7 32
8 24
9 24
10 26
11 26
12 19
13 20
14 20
15 9
16 15
17 3
18 3
19 9
20 2
21 3
22 0
23 2

Here’s that in graph form:

number of topics

And what did people write in?

Applying common sense in situations (1 person), content management (1), Copyright (1), customer service (4), data curation (1), facilities – particularly unplugging toilets (3), flexibility and willingness to change (1), Government Documents (2), indexing (1), intellectual freedom (1), IT/Technology (5), knowledge Management (2), Library Law and legal issues (1), networking/self promotion (3), people skills–like working with people (1), presentations/public speaking (4), Professional Ethics (1), psychology (1), Scholarly communication topics (1), searching techniques (1), social media (3), SQL (1), statistics/data analysis (2), strategic planning/community assessments (3), supervision/HR (6), teamwork and team building (1), Writing (2), youth services or related skills – e.g. storytime, child development (5)

A Note on Diversity

Did you read Black OR Queer? Life at the Intersection over at Hack Library School? If you haven’t, go read it.  It’s good.  I’ll wait for you here.

In it, Ettarh asks:

For instance, why does Rutgers require all of its MLIS students to take a class like Cataloguing, but not Planning Outreach Services? If that is not possible, why is there no mandatory webinar or colloquium on diversity and intersectionality? If MLIS programs reflect the knowledge deemed important to become an information professional, does this therefore mean that Rutgers does not place an importance of learning to deal with diverse populations?

It’s a question worth considering.

In this survey population, 49% of respondents indicated that they thought students should complete coursework in Outreach and only 27% chose services to special populations.  We didn’t ask about coursework in diversity or intersectionality. It was probably partly because we looked at course catalogs for inspiration, and we didn’t see those classes listed.  It was probably also partly because intersectionality isn’t really a word that’s deep in my psyche, and it wouldn’t have occurred to me to ask about it (although, living in the Bay Area means diversity is a very familiar concept and concern).  It’s maybe also because personally I’m increasingly focused on practicalities of librarianship, rather than the theory.

But if it’s important to us to be a diverse and inclusive profession (and I think it is – what good is it to espouse intellectual freedom, to protect and present materials from all points of view, if we are not providing access by and for people of all kinds?), then shouldn’t this be reflected in our coursework?

In Conclusion

Ok that’s all folks!  

I’ve got to go apply common sense and people skills to unplug my toilet!

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