- Amdursky, Saul. "Confessions of an Interview Junkie." American Libraries 32, no. 9 (October 2001): 66-8.
for librarians on doing job interviews are presented. The advice is to
enjoy the interview process; use the Internet for job searches; welcome
the presence of headhunters; view the interview process as theater; look
forward to a very well-prepared interview that allows for interaction
with staff members, peers, and the community; be a free agent; consider
contract negotiations to be vital to decision making; avoid accepting an
interview for a job that is not suitable; learn something new from the
interview about library programs and services; and do not let age get in
the way of applying for challenging jobs. (Library Literature)
- Attebury, Ramirose llene. "The Personal Question: Revisiting the Issue of our Online Presence and Job Hunting." College & Research Libraries News 70, no. 4 (April 2009): 220-1.
assesses the importance of management of personal online information
while exploring the ethics of employers looking for "digital dirt" on
Cleveland, Susannah. “Success Is a Science: Tips for Applying and Interviewing for Music Library Jobs.” In Careers in Music Librarianship III, ed. by Susannah Cleveland and Joe C. Clark. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2014.
In this chapter, Cleveland provides an overview of the application and interview process. She discusses the importance of pre-application research; compiling the application packet, including the resume and CV, cover letter, references, and salary requirements; phone, video, and face-to-face interviews; and negotiating salary. The author particularly emphasizes the importance of tailoring application materials to each position.
- Davis, Francie. "Strategies for Successful Hiring: Common Sense Interviewing Techniques." Available here.
College faculty librarians, working in a team-based department, have
developed an almost foolproof interview protocol to use with job
applicants. After analyzing the requirements and necessary skills for
the open position, they create open-ended questions that are then asked
of each candidate. The stream-lined procedure facilitates the interview,
ensures fairness to the candidates, and improves the process. This
paper was presented at the 11th national ACRL conference in 2003.
Kjaer, Kathryn, and Leo Agnew. “HR Confidential: Tips from Library Human Resources Directors on Getting That Next Job.” College & Research Libraries News 76, no. 4 (April 2015): 219-223.
The authors, who are both academic library human resources specialists, offer job search tips for librarians. They discuss how to customize application materials, prepare for an interview, and anticipate questions that will be asked during the interview. They also offer advice about negotiating a job offer and continuing to develop both personally and professionally once hired.
- LaGuardia, Cheryl, and Ed Tallent. "Interviewing: Beware Blogging Blunders." Library Journal 127, no. 15 (September 15, 2002): 42, 44.
writers, who have recently been interviewing many job candidates, offer
advice to job applicants on their use of the Internet. They urge
applicants not to include excessive personal information in their online
resumes and to use Web communication responsibly. They also suggest
using the Web to prepare for job interviews. (Library Literature)
- Manley, Will. "Interviews in a Phone Culture." American Libraries 34, no. 7 (August 2003): 120
writer discusses the benefits of conducting job interviews over the
telephone. Candidates participating in phone interviews are more relaxed
as a result of not having to meet some of the requirements of a
face-to-face interview, such as wearing uncomfortable business attire,
performing on cue in a formal and unfamiliar setting, and forcing smiles
while under stress. Another advantage of phone interviews is that the
"appearance factor" is eliminated as a selection criterion. (Library
- Newlen, Robert. Writing Resumes That Work: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1998.
ALA Executive Board and management specialist at the Library of
Congress Congressional Research Service, offers a practical approach to
preparing resumes, guiding readers through the difficult process of
answering key questions that must be addressed in any resume.
Twenty-eight sample resumes are all explained and specifically tailored
to diverse library settings, including academic, public, law school, and
special libraries, as well as to different interests of library school
students, recent library school graduates, experienced librarians, and
librarians moving into nontraditional jobs. The advice here is solid,
including the present view on not putting personal information in a
resume, keeping a resume up-to-date, using software to build and update
the file, as well as a short section on cover letters. In addition,
computer template file versions of the book samples are available from
the publisher. (Library Journal)
- Pergander, Mary. "Oh, Behave!" American Libraries 38, no. 11 (December 2007): 69.
writer, who is the director of Deerfield Public Library in Deerfield,
Illinois, provides some advice for job candidates on preparing for
behavior-based interviews. (Library Literature)
- Topper, Elisa. "It's Not What You Say, but How You Say It." American Libraries 35, no. 8 (September 2004): 76.
author, a career consultant for the American Library Association and
Director of the Dundee Township (Ill.) Public Library District, suggests
that body language may be why someone isn't offered the job, despite
what they think is a good interview. Topper recommends evaluating your
nonverbal communication skills in preparation for an interview, even
seeking out media training or similar instruction, if necessary.
- ____________. "Manners Matter for Employers and Applicants." American Libraries 35, no. 7 (August 2004): 76.
provides basic guidelines on job-interview etiquette for both job
applicants and employers. This article is particularly useful to job
seekers, because it provides a list of questions that an applicant
should ask themselves as they proceed through the interview process.
- Whisler, Laurel. "Résumés, Curricula Vitae, and Cover
Letters for Music Librarians: Suggestions for Librarians in Job Searches
or Compiling Annual Review Documents." Music Reference Services Quarterly 8, no. 4 (2004): 1-46.
résumé or curriculum vitae and cover letter provide the first
impression search committees have of each candidate; thus, it is
important to create such documents that are polished and clearly inform
potential employers of a candidate's strengths. A number of formats is
possible for each document, but a résumé is usually a brief description
of relevant positions and the duties and accomplishments of the
candidate, while a curriculum vitae generally lists positions
chronologically with no description. Each document also contains other
information rounding out the candidate's background. This article
discusses format, contents, and guidelines for writing résumés,
curricula vitae, and cover letters geared specifically toward music
librarians. Samples are included, and an annotated bibliography suggests
other useful resources for the job seeker. (author)
- White, Gary, ed. Help Wanted: Job and Career Information Resources. Chicago, IL: Reference and User Services Section of the American Library Association, 2003.
you work in the private sector, an academic or a public library, all
librarians need current information on the job market, career
exploration, employment opportunities, how to write cover letters and
résumés, salary data and internship opportunities. From the introduction
on developing job and career collections in the new millennium to
maintaining up-to-date information on available internships, this
publication highlights techniques that can be implemented to
successfully build collections on jobs and careers. The scope of the
topic includes demographic and economic changes that influence the job
market, the future of the workforce, and experiences in the corporate
world that affect the job search. The inclusion of electronic resources
also examines how resources have shifted from books to collections
incorporating Web pages, CD-ROMS, and audio-visual materials. (ALA web