I'm done

I'm done looking for full time work as a librarian come the end of this month.
I have sent out more than 50 résumés and cover letters (composed after I researched the position and the library) and I have recieved 7 interviews. I went to them all and was called back to 3 places for follow up interviews.


All of the interviews went well, especially the follow up interviews. One place, a local community college, called my references and offered me an adjunt position with no guaranteed hours (sort of a substitute-teacher librarian position) which I accepted. Another a PL has called my references and I wait to hear from them, they said they would let me know either way by the end of this week. I am encouraged by the PL and I certainly hope I get the job. I want to be a full time librarian.


However hiring in libraries is much different that what I am used to in the private sector. Three months from application to interview seems about the norm. In my last job in the private sector it was less than 2 weeks.


I'm not sure why this is, I'm told that there is a shortage of librarians - I was told that all the way through library school. Indeed my school still tells the same tale of librarian shortages and even received an IMLS grant to recruit and train librarians. I have never seen evidence of this shortage, I have not even heard from other librarians that there is a shortage of librarians anywhere else in the country. I submit to you that this shortage is a myth. Library schools do a great disservice to students by perpetuating this myth. The ALA also lends its support to the perpetuation of this nonsense. It even has a press kit prepared to support their philosophy.


The floiridalibraryjobs.org site lists 58 jobs today only two of which are suitable for new graduates or those with less than 2 years of library experience. How do they expect people to get experience as a librarian unless someone hires new grads? Working the circulation desk for 2 years does not a librarian make, yet it was suggested by in more than one of my interviews that experience such as that would make me stand out above other applicants. I'm sorry but I have a MLS (not to mention 2 other graduate degress) should that not make me stand out about applicants that do not. My local library is recruiting for a Librarian II / circulation supervisor. The position requires a bachelors degree with two years of supervisory experience (according to floridalibraryjobs.org). The city's website job description is complete nonsense: Graduation from an American Library Association accredited library school with a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science and one year of full-time professional-level experience in public or college library work. How can you have full time professional-level experience with only a BS?


That is why I am giving up come the end of the month. The profession through its professional organization fails to stand up for itself, if cities still consider BS degreed people professional librarians, if the schools keep feeding students nonsense about employment opportunities, if librarians find it hard to make ends meet on the salaries paid, then I really can't fathom why anyone would want to go into the profession. I have other options, I want to be a librarian - I don't have to be a librarian. I have to make a living, even a modest one as a librarian, but I can't wait for others do die off before I get a job. Just this week I entertained offers in nursing and an overseas job (although only for six months but at 11.5K/month) managing data communications networks. I have not said no to either position, I want to be a librarian but with the obstacles in the way to a rewarding career in librarianship it may never come to be. Sure I'll keep the adjunct position for a while but I'm afraid my MLS will just hang on the wall gathering dust while I'm working elsewhere to feed and shelter myself. That is really disappointing.

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Applying for library jobs

1) Ignore the listed prerequisites. If it looks good, send the resume.

2) 50 resumes are not a lot.

Library interview/application procedures ARE ridiculous, but so are a lot of other things in the field. I sometimes think new drugs get approval faster than a new librarian. Consider it bootcamp. If you make it through, you'll be good committee material.

My husband's architectural firm would interview a candidate for half a day or so, then make the choice the next. After months of pawing over resumes, we'd put our candidates through a grueling 3 day process and then make them wait a few more weeks before deciding.

Stands to reason

At 3:15 the PL I applied to called, they offered me a position in the middle of the salary range. (the top being 39K). I accepted it.


I guess I can stop shopping for yachts now.


Good news indeed, I want to be a librarian I really did not want to do nursing full time or go back to the cube farms.

Re:Stands to reason

You will be a credit to our noble profession. Congratulations.

Re:Stands to reason

Perseverance friend.

Welcome aboard!

Re:Stands to reason

That's great news, congrats.

Congrats!

That's awesome, glad to hear it!Hopefully Samantha will have the same luck up in MT.

Re:Stands to reason

Congratulation.

Geez, if I get an MLS, I could earn something in the mid-$30s? Hmm...always wondered what I'd do as a second career.

Congrats!

Hey, congratulations on the job! Great news...

Good luck! And have fun.

s/

Re: Yachts aren't all they're cracked up to be

or so I hear, anyway and they require a tremendous amount of upkeep, too. ;-)

Congratulations on landing your first position as a librarian! You've got your start now and that's excellent. Hope to hear more from you about your your first days - and more. Time to celebrate!

Congratulations!

Good for you! As Tomeboy says, "perserverance". You shouldn't give up on yachts yet, either. Perhaps something modest! Congratulations from our household and we hope all will be as you wish for.

Re:Stands to reason

Cool deal, but don't worry about the yacht, try shopping for jet skis, they are way more fun.

Boats in general...

are big holes in the water you throw money into. Or at least that's how my dad has always described it and over the years he's owned a few sailboats and a Cape Islander (not all at the same time, btw).

I'll be happy if I never have to go on another sailboat ever in my life. Now a real yacht would be different...no sails, motorised, and I'd be fine.

s/

Re:Boats in general...

My mother refuses to go on any boat without an elevator.


Of course when she was a newlywed the common way to travel between continents was boat. Nobody flew to Europe, they took the boat for a week.

Thanks everybody

Who knows full time public library work may turn me into a progressive.

Oh come on, you knew I was kidding :)

Re:Stands to reason

Most excellent!

Re:Stands to reason

Congratulations! I hope some of your job karma rubs off on me. Job searching is so frustrating.

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