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Hello, Are you the anonymous job hunter they are looking for?

As you know, respondents to the surveys are totally unidentifiable unless they decide to provide an email address.  So I have no idea how to find this job hunter:

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

This is unfortunate because another Hiring Librarians contact is on a hiring committee, and asked me if I could forward his listing.  He thinks this person would be a great applicant!

If you are the person responsible for these answers, check out the job at

We Suggest You Apply.

And of course if you’re not the person interviewed, you are still welcome to apply.  The listing is open.  Here’s a preview:

Job ID: UL474
Location: Law Library

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Employer, committed to diversity and in that spirit, seeks applications from a broad variety of candidates.

Position Description

Assistant Professor of Legal Bibliography

ONLINE SERVICES LIBRARIAN

The law library of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position with the law library faculty.  Twelve month appointment.  Some evening and weekend hours required.

REQUIREMENTS:  MLS from an ALA-accredited program.  Experience in subscription online database and general online searching.  Familiarity with Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, and HeinOnline preferred.  Applicants must have good communication skills.

DUTIES:  Monitors online legal information services for changes in search protocol and content.  Provides training to faculty, students, and other library staff on database searching and content, and use of online databases in the context of a search strategy that includes other information media.  Manages the law library web site and develops new content.  Assists faculty with scholarly communications and serves as editor of the law school’s SSRN Research Paper Series.  Maintains and monitors the law library’s social media presence.  Provides legal reference service to faculty, staff, students, the University community, the practicing bar, and the general public.

SALARY:  To $50,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Attractive benefits package.

Position available 1/1/2016 or as soon thereafter as possible.  Apply online at https://highereddecisions.com/uofl/current_vacancies.asp. (Search for “Law Library – Associate Professor”.) Please attach a current CV and cover letter.  Applications will be accepted through 11/13/2015.

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A webpage or electronic portfolio with previous work is a must.

Fish MarketThis anonymous interview is with an academic 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:

Public services/reference librarians

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an  suburban area rural area in the Southern 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”?

Met minimum qualifications and had the skills we were looking for/needed.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

All applications were evaluated by the search committee.

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

Did not meet minimum qualifications.

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?

Be able to demonstrate the needed/required skills. A webpage or electronic portfolio with previous work is a must.

I want to hire someone who is

adaptable

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?

√ 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?

Varies by position, but any kind of experience is a big plus.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ Yes

Why or why not?

I could go on for hours. Want to get coffee? The profession is not keeping up with the changes in information publication and dissemination and changes in higher education. Library school curriculum is mostly the same as it was 15-20 years ago, and far, far too many librarians simply want to do what they did in their jobs 15-20 years ago. So many experienced librarians think technology is only something “young” people know about and refuse to learn about emerging technology. More and more academic libraries need to demonstrate impact on student learning and retention, difficult enough, and without the ability to change and adapt and re-define what librarianship is that will just not happen. Not just demonstrating the impact, but actually making an impact. Because we really do not need someone with a master’s degree demonstrating how to use a discovery tool to undergrads. Librarians need to learn to do something more, better, and different to survive. Of course, a lot of people will answer this question with the usual “hip, hip, hooray” nonsense about being passionate about librarianship and how great it is, but that is doing nothing to keep the profession relevant. We need critical eyes to evaluate the profession and make changes. Who is going to do that? Certainly not ALA or ACRL.

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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questionable work history, overqualified individuals, and others that seem would not be a good fit.

Man selling artichokes at vegetable market in Stockholm 1951 2This anonymous interview is with an academic 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:

Reference / public service librarians

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an urban area in the Southern 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”?

Have all the qualifications requested and able to express themselves verbally and in writing.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

HR weeds out the unqualified candidates.
The search committee weeds out CVs that have problems with their cover letters, questionable work history, overqualified individuals, and others that seem would not be a good fit.

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

Questionable work history or under/over qualified

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

√ Yes

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

make sure their cover letter is perfect with no spelling or grammatical errors and explains any work gaps and qualifications

I want to hire someone who is

flexible

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?

√ 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 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?

Yes, it is an official requirement

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

Librarianship is changing but not dying. Our duties have evolved and are not what they were but we are expected to serve our patrons nonetheless.

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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Quit spewing out mass applications.

Man selling artichokes at vegetable market in Stockholm 1951This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

public service

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an urban area, with no regional location given.

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”?

They must have an MLIS, applicable work experience (this was for Director), and a well-formatted and composed cover letter and resume.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

Search committee evaluates all applications.

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

Ridiculous cover letter. Too short, no customization to the position, inclusion of erroneous personal information.

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?

Focus on the specifics of each institution and the position, customize their letter and resume to THAT job. Quit spewing out mass applications. Also, show that you did your homework and are actually interested in this institution, library, and position.

Show your specific accomplishments that apply to our job requirements in your cover letter and resume.

Also offer your specific vision and philosophy for library service.

I want to hire someone who is

competent, socially astute. Experience can be learned.

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?

√ 1

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?

√ 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?

not an official requirement, but for recent grads, we expect them to have at least volunteered or worked in a paraprofessional capacity in a library environment.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

People need libraries. Most librarians who work on the front lines are working hard to keep up with people’s needs. People need help to navigate an increasingly complex information environment and learn how to drill down from a lot of irrelevant results to the ones they need. They also need help using complex technologies for fun and entertainment. We have those skills and they’re used to coming to us for help. We’re positioned to be the go-to people if we can re-engineer our image and publicize it.

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

Yes. Don’t write a paragraph for a cover letter. Your cover letter is how I choose whether to interview you. Research the places you’re hiring and give them a feel, specifically, about why you want to work there and what you have done that could serve our needs as stated in the job description. If you do that you’ll be heads and shoulders above the rest. Also, ask someone to proof-read for typos and grammar.

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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You might be pleasantly surprised at how nice people are, especially library people.

Market before PassoverThis anonymous interview is with a librarian who works for a public library consulting service and 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 specialists, technology consultants, and adult services generalists.

This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in an urban 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”?

Met the qualifications in terms of education & experience.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

As the executive director of our organization, I do the “first cut” look to make sure the applicants meet the basic requirements of education & experience. We are a very small organization & don’t have an HR department.

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

Education & experience is lacking.

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?

Read the job posting carefully and make sure your education & experience are a good fit before applying. Do not just apply for something at a place you’d like to work to get a foot in the door if you are not really qualified.

I want to hire someone who is

smart

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 0-10

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?

√ Other: 0

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?

√ Yes

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 hire entry-level professionals. We are a consulting organization to other public libraries, and as such, we must have experienced librarians.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

We are re-inventing ourselves as community hubs of information & recreation. Libraries are developing makerspaces, have programs of interest, and supply communities with networking opportunities in a forum that is free and open to all. We serve all ages, all races, all ethnicities, and all levels of literacy.

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

Don’t be afraid to take a job in a part of the country that you have never lived in or considered working in. You might be pleasantly surprised at how nice people are, especially library people.

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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clear, concise cover letter that addresses the particular job being advertised

OUTDOOR MARKET AT HAYMARKET SQUARE. PUBLIC PROTEST KEPT THE SQUARE FROM BECOMING PART OF AN EXPRESSWAY, 051973This anonymous interview is with an academic 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:

reference and instruction librarians

This librarian works at a library with 50-100 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”?

all the required qualifications

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

a committee of peers reviews applications; HR not involved

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

degrees, prior 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?

clear, concise cover letter that addresses the particular job being advertised

I want to hire someone who is

professional

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: none

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 fewer 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?

happens in practice

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

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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Traditional positions like bibliographer or reference librarian are dying

Young boy tending freshly stocked fruit and vegetable stand at Center Market, 02181915This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:

Tech Services librarians and systems/programmer professionals (not librarian positions).

This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an urban area in the Western 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?

√ 26-50 %

And how would you define “hirable”?

Meeting minimum qualifications and having a decently written cover letter and resume.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

Search committee does all the evaluation, using a rubric. If committee allows someone who doesn’t meet qualifications, HR will question that decision later.

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

Not meeting minimum qualifications, especially 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?

Read job description! Make sure you meet the minimum qualifications. Tailor your cover letter for the particular job you are applying for, and get someone to proofread it and your resume.

I want to hire someone who is

competent

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?

√ 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 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?

√ No

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

Yes – it’s just what happens in practice.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

Traditional positions like bibliographer or reference librarian are dying, but other roles are emerging, especially in technology-related areas.

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 don’t really think of librarianship as a profession.

View of street vendors at 7th and B Streets, NW (Ca. 1880) MarketThis anonymous interview is with an academic 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:

People who kick ass.

This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in an urban 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?

√ Other: Maybe one or two

And how would you define “hirable”?

We want to be so excited about the candidate that we want to make an offer before someone else does. Very few candidates fit that criteria.

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

We see all of the applications
We use a search committee
We evaluate each candidate based on the qualifications in the job ad. For example, for “Ability to build rapport with campus stakeholders” we would like to see evidence in the resume/letter that the person can influence and build relationships with non-library people.

Our on campus interview is almost completely about “fit”. Do we want to work with them. Would they like working here? Do they want to work with us?

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

Generic cover letter/resume which translates into too much emphasis on them and too little emphasis on how they fit what we need. Very few people put in the time and effort to make a tight connection between what we need and what they can offer.

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

√ No

I want to hire someone who is

hungry

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 0-10

How many permanent, full time librarian (or other 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?

Depends on what you mean by “experience”. We will take non-professional academic library experience (e.g. internship).

(Is librarianship a dying profession?) Why or why not?

I don’t really think of librarianship as a profession.

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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Our MLS schools need to be careful they do not take away the beauty of librarianship.

Vegetable and flower seller and stall, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WashingtonThis anonymous interview is with an academic 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:

MLIS

This librarian works at a library with 0-10 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?

√ 25-75

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 25% or less

And how would you define “hirable”?

MLIS librarian only, the rest is fit to the team and skills that align with the job needed

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

by a Director of Library Services that is a PHD and MLIS only

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

w/o MLS

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

√ Other: feedback for interviewees only

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

Gear the resume towards the job description without any compromise as to skills or professional integrity. (Don’t send out a one resume fits all applications.)

I want to hire someone who is

qualified

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 0-10

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

√ 3-4

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

√ Other: none

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?

My university is in close proximity to a MLS ALA approved graduate school. I have had wonderful entry level professionals and some previously hired MLS librarians.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

There is more information now than ever before in the history of humankind. Librarians understand and can teach others how to access information, determine its quality, and develop a broader grasp of POVs on any subject in differing formats. Our problem is two-fold: 1)To the extent that the public perceives the library as a borrow bookstore, we stand in grave danger as a profession, and 2)Library Directors that put para-professionals as the first line of patron contact do harm to the MLS profession. These individuals are not skilled in information science. (They do not know ‘what’ they do not know.) Helping a patron goes much farther than putting a mere requested book in their hand. It understands the patron’s need that prompted the request for the title and is called a reference interview. If the most impressive thing that happens from a patron contact is delight over a resource, “the librarian” has failed as a professional. Librarians are experts in the field of information science, and their knowledge concerning information science should be experientially evident by the patron. I have some librarians that need retraining due to their lack of proactive response to the patrons. I cringe at librarians that hide behind circulation desks or directors that are three glass doors sheltered away from the public. Sadly, as a student with three Masters Degrees and a PhD, I never received the first assistance ANYTIME I was in a college library. I decided to be the difference I noted in work in the library. My love of libraries came from my elementary school librarian that understood my childhood desire to read science books and was a continual support to me in my formative years of primary education. I remember she taught me the Dewey Decimal System and where I could find books on science which was next to philosophy which both became my passion. I spent many hours in her library, and I cannot remember a single title that I found… but I will always remember her. This quality of relationship and expertise is what librarianship is all about and the need for it will never go away as long as humankind can critically reason. Humanity has a quest for knowledge and librarians are its entrusted gatekeepers and guides. Those that believe we can just digitize resources and put everyone in front of a monitor are sadly misguided. I challenge every reader to take a print journal (any title) and compare it to one of the published studies from a database. The experience is entirely different because of the context. The reader of the print journal will flip through the journal, find other articles, see color illustrations, and perhaps see some the the discipline’s industry through ads, etc. The digital reader will most likely want to print it out to use with other studies. However, while still in the database, it is searchable so if I am looking for “diabetes type II” it will take me to each entry, something print cannot do. It also has citation tools, a nice plus for busy researchers. Also, I can quickly do a bibliographic search on a author for other research studies. My point, the experience is entirely different. If I want to write a research paper, give me the database; however if I want to create a professional, give me the print journal to the group to which I shall belong so I can see where I shall fit in. Those that want to provide patrons with ‘only’ digital formats lack knowledge of the library as “place,” and the librarian as an “educator”. Our MLS schools need to be careful they do not take away the beauty of librarianship. A library without a skilled librarian is just a room with filled bookshelves collecting dust in the midst of outdated machines. It is not quiet, it is silent. It is not dead, it is mechanical. Add a librarian, and the room is filled with a quiet wonder, teaming with life, passionately driven by a quest to learn. And she is its conductor, the conduit that makes it all come alive.

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

If the job is worth having, take time to complete your resume not based not what others tell you should be on your resume, but rather “Match your skills, experience and education” to the job description. Always be truthful. Don’t exaggerate as it causes your credibility and teachability to come into question. Its okay to be an entry level applicant that is motivated and has had interships or volunteered. Get recommendations letters from faculty and previous employers. Be a part of an honor society if you qualify. Learn about the library you want to work before your interview. Dress like professional (dark suit, closed leather shoes, avoid too much make-up, high heels, and minimal jewelry, also iron your shirt). Show up on time or early. Don’t be a pest in follow-ups. Send a simple but genuine thank you note. Don’t let your anxiety keep you from smiling and being friendly. Others are deciding what it is like to work with you, if you were hired. Don’t let (idiotic) interview questions unsettle you. If you get a question you do not know how to answer, restate it in a manner that helps you divide the question into two parts. THE CORRECT ANSWER IS YOUR GOOD CHARACTER. Don’t try to sound like the Wizard of Oz that knows all… answer questions based on your education. When asked if you have any questions, respond with interest in career potential with the organization and/or statements of your flexibility in scheduling and filing in for others (not your income, days off, and 401k.) Those questions are for when they offer you the job and then go lightly. Your flexibility in scheduling will put you at ease with others that WILL give input to your hire. If offered a job, take it. Say yes immediately, and express your pleasure in being offered the job. Ask your start date. If you have details that need clarification, work them out AFTER you are hired. If you are asked for documentation, get it quickly, as this is YOUR employment file being completed. Lastly, read a scholarly study before your appointment that is meaningful to you and be prepared to discuss its relevance to the job. As you start your interview, start with the words, I was reading a study about (circulation, reference, database instruction, etc,) by (ex. Smith and Jones, 2014) and I thought how exciting it would be use some of the things they noted if I were chosen for this position. Smith and Jones said good circulation is based on x,y, and z skills. Think for a moment… what is the focus? Not you, but rather your professionalism, your willingness to learn and keep current, and your willingness to meaningfully contribute to the team sitting in front of you. Best wishes for your professional success.

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I think “tenure track” librarian positions are on the way out.

Queipo Market in Little Havana - MiamiThis anonymous interview is with an academic 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:

Electronic Resources, Cataloging

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?

√ 25 or fewer

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 25% or less

And how would you define “hirable”?

Met stated minimum qualifications

How are applications evaluated, and by whom?

Search Committee evaluates each applicant based upon stated qualifications. Those who meet stated qualifications receive further discussion. Committee then decides upon finalists for phone interviews.

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

Don’t meet stated qualifications, or don’t appear to meet them well. Also, compare to other candidates (especially as it relates to relevant experience).

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

√ Other: Not unless requested

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

Don’t apply for jobs for which you do not meet the stated minimum qualifications. In your cover letter, clearly address how your education and experience relates to the job you are applying for & why you would see yourself as a good fit for the job.

I want to hire someone who is

qualified

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?

√ Other: 0

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?

√ 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?

Generally, yes, but it depends on the position. It is harder to do for “specialist” positions (e.g., those that require particular subject expertise) as opposed to more general positions such as instruction librarians.

Is librarianship a dying profession?

√ No

Why or why not?

It is evolving, but I wouldn’t say dying. I think “tenure track” librarian positions are on the way out. At our institution we have several MLS employees that are in full-time staff positions (not tenure-track librarian positions). It is difficult to receive approval for tenure-track positions, so we’ve recreated some positions to be staff level. This has been done with some reluctance, but it has been necessary. There are a large number of MLS candidates willing to fill these positions.

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