Have you served on an entry-level librarian hiring committee lately?

March 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm 1 comment

A former classmate and I are conducting a survey on the hiring practices of academic and public libraries for entry-level librarian positions. This is an issue we’re both extremely interested in as August 2010 library school grads. I hope you will consider taking and/or linking to the survey; this is vital information for a lot of job seekers!

This is the invitation we’ve sent out via listserv (with minor modifications to protect against spambots):

Dear colleagues,

You are invited to participate in a short survey regarding the interviewing practices in academic and public libraries for entry-level librarian positions. Through this study, we hope to gain a better understanding of how interviewing practices may have changed due to the recession and provide recommendations for job seekers.

The results of this survey will be presented at a poster session at ALA Annual 2011 and at IFLA WLIC 2011 as part of its New Professionals Special Interest Group program.

Participation in the survey is anonymous and voluntary. Participation is limited to academic and public library staff who have served on search committees for entry-level librarian positions since January 1, 2008. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the principal investigators at nicole dot spoor at gmail dot com or mlhodge at gmail dot com.

We strongly urge you to participate if you meet the above requirements; this is information job seekers would love to have! If you have not served on such a committee yourself but know someone who has, please consider forwarding this survey invitation on to them.

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DDMFRKS. It will remain open until April 5, 2011. Thank you for your participation.

Sincerely,

Nicole Spoor, MSIS
Information Resources Librarian
William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library
Hampton University

Megan Hodge, MSLS
Circulation Supervisor
McGraw-Page Library
Randolph-Macon College

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