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set up a relationship with interns who might want to apply for jobs at your library

Digital ID 434250. Girls in classroom, Traveling Library at Public School Playground July 1910.. Hine, Lewis Wickes Photographer. 1910This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for Six months to a year. This person is looking in Academic libraries, Public libraries and Special libraries, at the following levels: Entry level, Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory, Senior Librarian. This new grad/entry level applicant has internship/volunteering experience:

I had a very positive internship experience at Johnson & Wales before I graduated. My supervisors allowed me to attend meetings with other libraries, and experiment with instructional tools and chat reference. Soon I will be volunteering at a local historical society for archiving and historical library experience.

This job hunter is in a rural area, in the  Northeastern US, and isHoping to stay in S. New England.

Where do you look for open positions?

OLIS Jobline, Massachusetts Board of Library Commisioners, Connecticut Library Jobs, HigherEd Jobs

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

√ Only for certain kinds of employers

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

I have a resume that is pre-designed, which I customize for certain positions, same with a cover letter. I usually spend no more than an hour preparing an application

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

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To acknowledge my application
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email

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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Communicate with your local library school to set up PFE programs and set up a relationship with interns who might want to apply for jobs at your library

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one?  Check it out!

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I love meeting employers at job fairs

Christchurch libraryThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for Less than six months. This person is looking in  Archives, Public libraries, at the following levels: Entry level, Requiring at least two years of experience. This new grad/entry level applicant has internship/volunteering experience:

I have been the only corporate librarian at an organization for the last two years. I also have experience through internships at archives and special libraries.

This job hunter is in an urban area, in the Northeastern US, and is willing to move anywhere.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

A commitment to serving a diverse set of users. A competitive salary and benefits package. A dedication to invest in staff’s professional development.

Where do you look for open positions?

Professional listservs, national and state association listservs, LinkedIn.

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

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

I look over the job description and highlight areas that I am acquainted with. If I have had these responsibilities at a previous job/internship, I make sure to highlight that in my resume. If I do not have direct experience, I try to speak about educational background in these areas in my cover letter.

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

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email

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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

I love meeting employers at job fairs and encourage employers to attend. It is a great opportunity for candidates to get a feel for the culture of an organization and decide whether or not the organization is right for them.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Communication is key. When we are balancing other applications/interviews, it is good to know whether you are still in the running for a position.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

I am a big believer that a good match in culture will likely lead to getting hired.

 

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one?  Check it out!

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When I open my saved bookmarks, Google Chrome asks me if I’m sure I want to open that many

Librarian working at the Pointe Coupee Parish Parish library in New Roads Louisiana in 1936This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for Six months to a year. This person is looking in Academic libraries, at the following levels: Entry level. This new grad/entry level applicant has internship/volunteering experience:

As an intern, I worked for two years in reference and instruction in a large academic library, and for a little over a year in a special library.

This job hunter is in an city/town, in the Southern US,  and is willing to move within the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

I’m looking for something that will allow me to grow professionally, something that will allow me to have an impact on the organization/institution/community, and something with a high enough salary to allow me to pay off my student loans.

Where do you look for open positions?

When I open my saved bookmarks, Google Chrome asks me if I’m sure I want to open that many…ALA Joblist, library associations for the states I’m open to, INALJ, LisList, professional listservs, the jobs email list for my library school.

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

√ No (even if I might think it *should* be)

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

I usually print off the job description so that I can annotated it, and I do a little research on the institution/library to see what kind of place it is. Then I go to my collection of resumes and cover letters and see if anything that I’ve written before matches the job description. If so, I tweak those documents to fit the job description. Depending on how much tweaking needs to be done, I probably spend about 5-6 hours on each application, usually over the course of 3-4 days.

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

√ Other: I have been a bit vague sometimes, but haven’t lied.

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Phone for good news, email for bad news

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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Being able to present

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

I think they should write clear job descriptions – don’t rely on jargon to fill it up. Advertise the job widely on listservs and job boards. Post the salary range. Don’t make candidates jump through a ton of hoops to apply (cover letter! resume! reference letters in advance! official copies of transcripts! teaching philosophy/statement on __________! oh, and please mail it all to us!).

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Be as timely as you can – I’m applying to academic libraries, and there is really no good reason that a hiring process should take 6 months from job posting to offer being made. Communicate with applicants to appraise them of where the search committee is in the hiring process. I actually prefer when communication goes through HR or someone other than someone on the search committee – the process seems to go more smoothly, for some reason.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

I haven’t been hired for a full-time position yet, but I think it’s a combination of a lot of factors. To start with, I think you need to have relevant experience/education, and then present yourself well in your application materials. But then there’s a certain level of luck/chance – what jobs are available and who else is applying for them. You may apply for and interview well for a job that you’re well qualified for, but you still may not get the job because another candidate was even more qualified than you.

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one?  Check it out!

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If you have no intention of hiring an outsider (or insider) don’t have them go through the process.

Library in United States National Museum BuildingThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for Less than six months. This person is looking in Academic libraries, Public libraries, at the following levels: Entry level, Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory, Department Head. This new grad/entry level applicant has internship/volunteering experience:

I’ve been in the field for nearly nine years, but my internship was the most valuable experience of my graduate education.

This job hunter is in an city/town, in the Western US, and is willing to move anywhere.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Community engagement, appropriate staffing (good leadership to front-line staff ratio), good morale in front-line staff.

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist, INALJ, Indeed

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

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Depending on the position, I’ll spend 2-5 hours per listing.

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

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email

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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Take personal preferences and prejudice out of the equation.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

If you have no intention of hiring an outsider (or insider) don’t have them go through the process.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

If I knew that, I wouldn’t be looking right now 🙂

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one?  Check it out!

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I’m only applying to federal jobs and public colleges and universities where the salary range is usually posted.

Geraldine Fain Browses in the Free LibraryThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for Less than six months. This person is looking in Academic libraries and Federal  libraries, at the following levels: Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory. This job hunter is in a city/town, in the Southern US, and is searching for work in a particular city.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

In no particular order: A place that supports professional development. A place where I don’t mind coming to work every day. A place that pays me well enough to sustain myself and pay off my student loans.

Where do you look for open positions?

Various listservs (the good jobs are usually posted on them the aggregator sites like INALJ.) State Library Association website Employer’s website Indeed INALJ USA Jobs

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

√ Other: I’m only applying to federal jobs and public colleges and universities where the salary range is usually posted.

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

I read the job description several times to make sure that I meet most (if not all) of the qualifications. I have several resumes and CVs that I work from, so I usually customize one of them for the position to which I’m applying. Since I’m working full time, it often takes me a week or two to finish an application packet.

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

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Phone for good news, email for bad news

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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
√ Being able to present
√ Other: How knowledgeable the search committee is about the position. I went to one interview where the search committee head could hardly answer my questions.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

I work in academia so I know the hiring process can be glacial. I just ask to be kept in the loop about my status as a candidate.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Meeting the job qualifications, developing a rapport with the search committee, and presenting yourself well.

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one?  Check it out!

 

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Pay them enough. Hire other bright people. Trust them to do their jobs well until proven otherwise.

Nevins Memorial Library First Librarians c. 1900This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for Less than six months. This person is looking in Academic libraries, Archives, at the following levels: Entry level. This new grad/entry level applicant has internship/volunteering experience.:

I am in my second year of an MSLS program and will graduate in May. I have worked at the same job for two years, which is with a private, religious-affiliated college in its archives. I have appraised, processed, described, and digitized collections. I worked in a public library as an assistant in the circulation and reference departments before attending library school. I also volunteered as a museum intern for a local history society and as a processing intern for a state archive.

This job hunter is in a city/town, in the Southern US, and is willing to move anywhere in the Southeast.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Ability to cover my expenses, an environment that encourages development as a professional, and the ability to showcase my skills

Where do you look for open positions?

Archives Gig, job listserv through my graduate program, professional listservs, INALJ

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

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Read the job announcement, tailor the resume and cover letter to highlight skills mentioned in the announcement, proofread, and submit. It generally takes two hours.

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

√ No

When would you like employers to contact you?

√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Phone for good news, email for bad news

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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Pay them enough. Hire other bright people. Trust them to do their jobs well until proven otherwise.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

I really hate Skype interviews. I realize that it’s supposed to save candidates and institutions some money, but they’re always awkward.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Being genuine. You won’t fit every situation, so it’s far better to be honest about who you are so that you’re hired into the right place.

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one?  Check it out!

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So many people apply for every job out there

Housewives league at Wash. MarketThis anonymous interview is with a public and consortium librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Directors, catalogers, systems

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a suburban area in the Northeastern US.

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

√ 25-75

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 25% or less

And how would you define “hirable”?

Meeting the requirements of the job description and providing a cover letter that demonstrates acceptable written communication skills.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

In my consortium myself or my Library Systems manager evaluate applications. I also serve as a consultant to library boards in my consortium that are hiring library directors. We are too small to have an HR department. Typically we will meet to review applications and select the most promising based on the consensus of the group and the discussion of each application.

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

Poor communication skills and/or failure to demonstrate the skill sets required by the job.

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

√ Other: if requested

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

Make sure they are well suited to the job and have the skills we are looking for. So many people apply for every job out there rather than self selecting jobs that match their skills. Tends to waste everyone’s time.

I want to hire someone who is

engaging

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 10-50

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

√ Other: I am responding based on all the searches I have worked on. Not just my own organization.

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

√ Other: 2

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

√ There are the same number of positions

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

√ No

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

√ No

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

We don’t really have any entry level positions.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

Because libraries are not dying. Librarianship is a changing profession though and our success will depend on how we adapt to the changes.

Do you hire librarians?  Take this survey: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey or take other Hiring Librarians surveys.

For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.

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Circulation has tripled over the last decade.

Fruit and vegetable vendors, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WashingtonThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Adult, teen and children’s librarians as well as IT managers, technology, etc.

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a suburban area in the Southern US.

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

√ 25 or fewer

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 25% or less

And how would you define “hirable”?

Having *some* experience in the field!

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

Applications are evaluated by at minimum two department heads and the Director.

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

No previous work experience.

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

√ No

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

Gain some experience! We have many applicants for positions who have an advanced degree, but absolutely no work experience in a library. That can lead to disaster, especially when applicants are seeking positions that require at least 1-2 years of work experience in a busy public library.

I want to hire someone who is

ready

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 10-50

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

√ 1

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

√ 3-4

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

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

√ No

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

√ No

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

No experience for an entry level position, but most candidates who apply already have experience.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

Our business is booming and staff is growing. Circulation has tripled over the last decade. Foot traffic is up, programming is active and well attended. We are busy!

Do you hire librarians?  Take this survey: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey or take other Hiring Librarians surveys.

For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.

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Don’t be sketchy or verbose (either in print and in an interview).

Fish MarketThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

youth services and adult reference librarians

This librarian works at a library with 100-200 staff members in a suburban area in the Western US.

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

√ 25-75

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 25% or less

And how would you define “hirable”?

Meeting the minimum qualifications for the position and satisfactorily answering the screening questions which as part of the application.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

HR weeds out those who don’t meet the minimum qualifications. The rest are reviewed via NeoGov by the supervising librarian who is acting as the Hiring Manager for the job posting, and any other hiring committee members.

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

We only interview the applicants who rise to the top of the applicant pool, since it’s a very time- and labor-intensive process, so the most qualified few move on to the interview phase. We probably typically interview 9 or fewer.

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

√ Other: They may call HR.

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

Apply for what you’re qualified for. Paint a solid picture of how your experience pertains to the position. Don’t be sketchy or verbose (either in print and in an interview).

I want to hire someone who is

customer-oriented

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 100-200

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

√ 1

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

√ 2

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

√ There are fewer positions

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

√ Yes

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

√ Yes

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

Library Assistant positions require
• Some (at least 1 year) experience in library operations, customer service experience, and basic computer troubleshooting and/or maintenance

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

As libraries become ‘third places’ and community gathering spots, people still walk in the door and need assistance in winnowing reliable info from poor info, and there are still many people who need access to technology that they can get for free with us. And children and their families still need to have early literacy skill information and techniques shared with them, as well as the joy of reading and stories.

Do you hire librarians?  Take this survey: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey or take other Hiring Librarians surveys.

For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.

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I worked Black Friday at Toys-R-Us and when the search committee asked me to explain how I handle stressful customer interactions I was like, “Let me tell you!”

Clothes Market, but where Kildare TownThis anonymous interview is with an academic employee who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. When asked, “Are you a librarian?”  this person responded, “It’s complicated.”  This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

I have personally been a part of the following hires in the past 3 years:
Chair of Systems
Circulation Manager
University Archivist
Data Curation Librarian
E resources Librarian

Positions we have hired for that I haven’t participated in:
Dean
Chair of Public Services (circulation/reference)
Art Curator
E resources Librarian (different than above)
Metadata Librarian
Emerging Technology Librarian

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an urban area in the Midwestern US.

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

√ Other: 2

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ Other: 100%

And how would you define “hirable”?

Possessing a high ranking as defined by our rubric for the job. Mix of degree, experience, and general feel from their documents.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

HR has stop questions that automatically weed out applicants.

Rubrics depend on the number of applicants. Big searches get rubrics, 3 or less applicants we usually go for the gut based on what we need and skip the numbers.

There are search committees for staff (3ish people), salaried (5), and faculty positions (5). The committees consist of a mix of staff levels. Faculty positions include people from outside the library. Chair searches will often bring in more people related to the functions of the Chair. Dean searches are handled outside the library but with a library sub-committee.

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

lack of experience

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

√ No

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

Before the interview: Describe how you meet requirements don’t just say it. They are short answer questions not check boxes.

During the Interview: If you got the interview we are most likely looking for fit, be yourself. Talk to us like we are already co-workers.

I want to hire someone who is

curious

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 10-50

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

√ 2

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

√ 5-6

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

√ There are fewer positions

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

√ I don’t know

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

√ I don’t know

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

Usually, if the pool is expected to be small or we are hiring internally we shape the application so experience is not a stop question.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

The profession is dying in places where the people practicing it are unwilling to change.

Do you have any other comments, for job hunters or about the survey?

For the love of god, do not type in documents (resume, cover letter) into an application. On my end it comes out in a mass of un-formatted, headache fuel. I have disqualified people because I didn’t want to read it. Upload your documents.

As for the state of the market. It took me a year of searching before I found my first library job, and I am one of the lucky people. Keep at it. Look at every experience you have until you get the job in terms of how it can help you get to where you want. I worked Black Friday at Toys-R-Us and when the search committee asked me to explain how I handle stressful customer interactions I was like, “Let me tell you!”. Stay positive about where you are now because it will help you get to where you want to be.

Do you hire librarians?  Take this survey: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey or take other Hiring Librarians surveys.

For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.

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