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Stats and Graphs: When does your organization first provide salary information?

It’s Staturday!

Welcome to a Stats and Graphs post, in which I examine survey responses through stats and graphs!

The survey that I am calling Return to Hiring Librarians opened on March 25th, 2022. As of today, May 14th, 2022, we have 180 responses. There are 23 questions in the survey. 13 are open-ended and 10 are closed-ended. Of the closed-ended questions, only one measures an opinion (it’s a grid which asks: How many pages should a cover letter/resume/CV be?). The others are primarily demographics but do also ask for things like when salary information is first shared and what materials/tasks are asked for in the application and interview process.

The survey is still open. If you hire library workers, please consider filling it out.

In the past, I’ve posted the stats for all questions. I’m going to try just looking at one question at a time, plus demographics.


I’m starting with the question “When does your organization first provide salary information?” The recent post Currently, we’re over 300% turnover since 2016 and cannot attract candidates garnered some discussion which blamed the lack of candidates on not telling folks salary info until after they’d made an offer. While I think that the responses indicated much larger problems than that, I thought I’d take a look at the answers to the salary information question in aggregate.

The good news is that the majority (70%) provide salary information as part of the job ad. In addition, many folks who chose “other” described their desire to make this information available up front, and talked about either successfully lobbying for the change or feeling stymied by their organization’s refusal.

This survey does not use representative sampling, so it would not be appropriate to generalize for our larger population of LIS organizations. However, if your organization does not currently provide this information up front, it might be worth opening a discussion with your administration about the message it sends to candidates when salary is hidden.

Now might also be a good time to mention – this blog collects salary information from currently employed folks. You can contribute yours here. These links, along with the Interview Questions Repository, are always available in the sidebar over on the right there ——–>

When does your organization first provide salary information

Chart of responses to When does your organization first provide salary information

180 responses

It’s part of the job ad 126 (70%)

We only discuss after we’ve made an offer 19 (10.6%)

It’s part of the information provided at the interview 10 (5.6%)

Other 25 (13.88%)

  • I usually bring it up at the beginning of our phone interview. As in, this is when I need you to work and this is the salary range, does that work and would you like to proceed? Our pre-screen from HR asks for a range, we can usually meet or beat it.
  • Salary discussion is handled by the recruiter
  • It depends, but at my current place of work, we now put it in the ad.
  • Only when we make an offer, but I am hoping to change this.
  • I always list it when I hire, but the library board usually lists none or a range when hiring a director.
  • For most jobs it’s part of the ad, at least for the department I manage. There are some in the library who don’t want to include it, but I think it is an absolutely essential piece and I won’t post an ad for this department without one.
  • Our department lists the salaries in the job ad. It is inconsistent across the institution.
  • We list a range in the job ad, and that’s all I can speak to at the interview. HR determines their salary based on education and experience, and discusses specifics in the offer.
  • A range is usually provided during initial HR screening.
  • Pushing to put it in the ad, but it’s not always done
  • My institution does not allow us to post salary information. For staff hires, I provide salary and works schedules at the interview. For librarian (faculty) positions, it can be awkward to have that conversation during the interview with the committee present. I typically do a follow-up to the first interview with candidates we’re interested in bringing to campus that opens the door to discuss salary 1-1 before moving forward as a candidate.
  • We often mention in the ad that we need the states salary guidelines.
  • Only brought up when there’s an offer or is asked during the interview. Would prefer to put
  • We just started providing ranges or minimums in ads this year
  • It’s usually part of the online job description. Faculty are members of a bargaining unit so starting salaries are set in the CBA, but can also be negotiated.
  • The minimum is posted in the job ad (not a range) but is not discussed in detail until an offer is made.
  • It’s a separate phone call with HR that occurs between the first and second round interviews — I hate this system, but we don’t have any say in it.
  • the range is on the job ad, we can answer general questions, then HR makes their final after vetting
  • Desired salary is a question in the HR screening interview and the HR rep can provide the salary range
  • The salary range is provided as part of the interview and negotiated after the offer.
  • Our institution does not post salary information in job ads (which I cannot get them to budge on). So I provide it as soon as I reach out to schedule interviews.
  • Salary Range in job ad, specific salary with job offer
  • As of April 2022, it’s part of the job ad
  • For me, I didn’t find out salary until the interview. Since I started, the pay info is included in the job ad. we finally got our campus to share. As a state institution, there is one solid number. But it is uneven.

Demographics

What type of organization(s) do you hire for? (Check all that apply)

Chart of What type of organizations do you hire for?

180 responses

Academic Library 55 (30.6%)

Archives 16 (8.9%)

Public Library 96 (53.3%)

School Library 2 (1.1%)

Special Library 16 (8.9%)

Other 14 (7.77%)

What part of the world are you in?

Chart showing replies to "what part of the world are you in?"

179 Responses

Midwestern US 38 (21.2%)

Northeastern US 42 (23.5%)

Southeastern US 32 (17.9%)

Western US 28 (15.6%)

Southwestern US 17 (9.5%)

Australia/New Zealand 5 (2.8%)

Canada 8 (4.5%)

UK 1 (0.6%)

Texas 1 (0.6%)

Other 7 (3.91%)

What’s your region like? (Check all that apply)

Chart of responses to What's your region like?

179 Responses

Urban 79 (44.1%)

Suburban 86 (48%)

Rural 43 (24%)

Other 16 (8.93%)

How many staff members are at your organization?

177 responses

0-10 23 (13%)

11-50 65 (36.7%)

51-100 29 (16.4%)

101-200 26 (14.7%)

201+ 27 (15.3%)

Other 9 (5.08%)


I hope you have found, and will continue to find, the statistics and the individual responses interesting and useful. I’m very interested in any feedback or observations you might have. You can communicate with me here via comment, on Twitter @HiringLib, or by email at hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: Quick and Dirty Results

TL;DR We need more responses from folks who hire in school and special libraries, archives, and for non-library LIS workers. If you have contacts in those areas, will you please help spread the word? People who do hiring can fill out the survey here. I also welcome ideas for places that I can post a call for responses.

Hi! It’s Staturday! Welcome to a Stats and Graphs post, in which I examine survey responses through stats and graphs!

The survey that I am calling Return to Hiring Librarians opened on March 25th, 2022. As of today, April 2nd, 2022, we have 145 responses. They are primarily from folks who hire in Public and Academic Libraries. There are 23 questions in the survey. 13 are open-ended and 10 are closed-ended. Of the closed-ended questions, only one measures an opinion (How many pages should a ___ be?). The others are primarily demographics but do also ask for things like when salary information is first shared and what materials/tasks are asked for in the application and interview process.

I hope you have found, and will continue to find, the individual responses interesting and useful. I’m very interested in any feedback or observations you might have. You can communicate with me here via comment, on Twitter @HiringLib, or by email at hiringlibrariansATgmail.

Thanks for reading!


Chart of responses to What type of organizations do you hire for? Responses detailed in post text

What type of organization(s) do you hire for? (Check all that apply)

145 responses

Academic Library 48 (33.1%)

Archives 14 (9.7%)

Public Library 82 (56.6%)

School Library 1 (.7%)

Special Library 7 (4.8%)

Other 8 (5.5%)

Chart of responses to Who makes hiring decisions at your organization? Responses detailed in post text

Who makes hiring decisions at your organization? (Check all that apply)

145 Responses

HR 31 (21.4%)

Library Administration 85 (58.6%)

The position’s supervisor 96 (66.2%)

A Committee or panel 81 (55.9%)

Employee’s at the position’s same level (on a committee or otherwise) 24 (16.6%)

Other 21 (14.5%)

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Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates? (Check all that apply)

145 responses

Online application 108 (74.5%)

Cover Letter 98 67.6%)

Resume 101 (69.7%)

CV 43 (29.7%)

References 124 (85.5%)

Proof of degree 44 (30.3%)

Supplemental Questions 42 (29%)

Written Exam 8 (5.5%)

Oral Exam/Structured Interview 53 (36.6%)

Demonstration (teaching, storytime, etc.) 56 (38.6%)

More than one round of interviews 29 (20%)

A meal with hiring personnel 22 (15.2%)

Other 20 (13.8%)

Chart of responses to Does your organization use automated application screening? Responses detailed in post text

Does your organization use automated application screening?

144 responses

Yes 23 16%

No 110 76.4%

Other 11 7.6%

Chart of responses to How many pages should each of these documents be? Responses detailed in text that follows image

How many pages should each of these documents be?

Cover Letter – “Only one!” followed by “Two is ok, but no more”

Resume – “As many as it takes, but keep it reasonable and relevant” followed by “Two is ok, but no more”

CV – “As many as it takes, but keep it reasonable and relevant” followed by “We don’t ask for this”

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When does your organization first provide salary information?

145 responses

It’s part of the job ad 104 (71.7%)

We only discuss after we’ve made an offer 14 (9.7%)

It’s part of the information provided at the interview 6 (4.1%)

Other 21 (14.5%)

Chart of responses to What part of the world are you in? Responses detailed in text that follows image
What part of the world are you in?

144 responses

Midwestern US 32 (22.2%)

Northeastern US 32 (22.2%)

Southeastern US 25 (17.4%)

Western US 21 (14.6%)

Southwestern US 14 (9.7%)

Canada 7 (4.9%)

Australia/New Zealand 5 (3.5%)

UK 1 (0.7%)

Other 7 (4.9%)

Chart of responses to What's your region like? Responses detailed in text that follows image

What’s your region like? (Check all that apply)

144 responses

Urban 61 (42.4%)

Suburban 74 (51.4%)

Rural 36 (25%)

Other 10 (6.9%)

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Is your workplace remote/virtual?

145 responses

Never or not anymore 70 (48.3%)

Some of the time and/or in some positions 64 (44.1%)

Always 1 (.7%)

Other 10 (6.9%)

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How many staff members are at your organization?

143 responses

11-50 56 (39.2%)

51-100 24 (16.8%)

101-200 24 (16.8%)

201+ 18 (12.6%)

0-10 16 (11.2%)

Other 5 (3.4%)


That’s it for now!

As I say above, I really welcome your comments and feedback.

I would also be very grateful if you could help spread the call for survey responses, especially to folks who do hiring in special libraries, archives, and for non-library LIS workers. If you have contacts in those areas, will you please help spread the word? People who do hiring can fill out the survey here.

Oh also – if you like this kind of thing you might be interested in this effort to collect information about academic job negotiations. Check it out!

Your Pal,

Emily

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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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