Thank you so much for reading, sharing, supporting, and ranting about Hiring Librarians.
I started this blog in February 2012, so we have been going for nearly 4 years. The first year, I found the topic so interesting that I was happy to spend a good deal of my free time working on it. The second and third years, I had a bit more going on in my professional life, a bit less interest in the topic, and it was only with the help of volunteers that we stayed robust. This last year, I have had some upheavals in my personal life, I’ve been much less interested in the topic, and I just really want to do non-blog-things with my free time. My involvement has been a bit auto-pilot this year.
So what does that mean for year 5?
I don’t have a new survey to post. I’m interested in exploring hiring and diversity, but I’m having a lot of trouble figuring out how to frame a survey that would end up illuminating the problem in a constructive way, rather than just providing a lot of potentially pain-causing confessions.
And I really don’t want to spend time writing this anymore. Frankly. I want to spend my free time on bike rides, hanging out with my friends, listening to music, and doing other fun stuff. And maybe writing an article or two, or serving on a committee or whatever. Just not this blog anymore.
So I’m turning out the lights.
I will keep the content up, and continue to purchase the domain. There are a few survey responses still to be posted, and we will post the final Further Questions question on the 29th. But after that, no new content will be posted (although of course you can always add to the Interview Questions Repository).
I want to say a big THANK YOU to the current active volunteers, who made this last year possible:
- Sarah Keil has been writing the weekly Further Questions feature since June 2014.
- Jen Devine has been transcribing surveys since March 2014.
- Sherle Abrams has run the crowd-sourced resume/CV review service since May of 2014, and was a Further Question respondent for a while before that.
And I also want to say a big THANK YOU to all of the people who have helped with this project – all the previous volunteers, my co-authors for various surveys: Jill from Librarian Hire Fashion, Naomi House from I Need a Library Job, Brianna Marshall from (at the time) Hack Library School, the pool of Further Questions respondents, LIS career authors and researchers, the people who run LIS career sites, the people who run library school career centers, the tattooed librarians, job hunters who let me follow up with them, sometimes for multiple years, people who’ve added interview questions to the interview questions repository, candidates for ALA and other presidencies, anyone who responded to a survey, and of course YOU.
Thank YOU, reader.
You’re awesome. I know you will find a job you love and make the world a better place. GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!