Resumes, Curriculum Vitae, and Interviewing
  • Amdursky, Saul. "Confessions of an Interview Junkie." American Libraries 32, no. 9 (October 2001): 66-8.

    Advice 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.

    Attebury assesses the importance of management of personal online information while exploring the ethics of employers looking for "digital dirt" on prospective employees. 
  • 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. 

    Dowling 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. (author)
  • 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. 

    The 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
    The 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 Literature)

  • Newlen, Robert. Writing Resumes That Work: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1998.

    Newlen, 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.

    The 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.

    The 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.

    Topper 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.

    A 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.

    Whether 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 site)

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