New Librarians DG: 2014 “Demystifying the Hiring Practice” Panel

The 2014 “Demystifying the Hiring Practice” Panel for Academic Librarians

Panelists at "Demystifing the Hiring Process."
Panelists at “Demystifing the Hiring Process.”

Surveys about the February 2013 panel discussion, “Demystifying the Hiring Practice” revealed that it was popular with members of the ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group (NLDG) and participants in the Mentoring Program. Participants overwhelmingly expressed a desire to hear a new panel discuss their experiences serving on hiring committees in academic libraries.

The 2014 event took place on April 24th at the ART New York spaces in Midtown West, and featured panelists Madeline Ford (Chief Librarian, Hostos Community College), Michael W. Handis (Special Projects Librarian, The Graduate Center, CUNY), Mellissa Hinton (Assistant Dean, Technical & Digital Services, LIU Post), and Kathryn G. Shaughnessy (Emerging Technologies & Instruction Librarian, St. John’s University). Twenty-three people attended, including library school students and recent graduates, career changers, librarians currently in temporary positions, and some who find themselves unexpectedly back on the job market. The event was open to members and non-members alike, and individuals new to ACRL/NY had an opportunity to learn about ACRL/NY, the New Librarians Discussion Group, and the Mentoring Program.

Panelists at "Demystifing the Hiring Process."
Demystifing the Hiring Process

The group opened and closed the event with networking and refreshments, with about an hour and a half for the panel discussion itself. Throughout the very lively discussion, panelists were asked to respond to a few pre-set questions; moderator Haruko Yamauchi (Instruction & Reference Librarian, Hostos Community College, CUNY; and co-chair, NLDG) skillfully integrated queries that had been submitted during the registration process; and attendees interjected as new questions arose. The evening’s topics ranged from knowing when to begin the search process through whether and how best to follow up if you are not awarded the position—and dozens of issues in-between. Response from attendees was enthusiastically positive. Survey respondents appreciated learning about how policies differ from institution to institution, and the opportunity to speak to panelists one-on-one, after the formal discussion. Attendees also liked the “realistic view” of the hiring process and the honesty of panelists during the audience Q & A. Keep an eye out for another, likely incarnation of “Demystifying the Hiring Practice” in 2015.

Crowd at "Demystifing the Hiring Process."
Crowd at “Demystifing the Hiring Process.”

Next for the NLDG & the Mentoring Program:

On Friday 5/16, the NLDG and Mentoring Program will meet for the Spring Librarians Research/Writing Support Group meeting. This is a program for academic librarians at any stage in their career who are interested in networking, collaboration, and support in research and writing projects. Watch the @NewLibrariansDG twitter feed, the NLDG blog, or your email inbox for program details and registration information. This is a free program for ACRL/NY members only. To join ACRL/NY: Join us!

About the Authors: Linda Miles is the Public Services Librarian at Yeshiva University. She is on the executive board of ACRL/NY, and is currently serving as the ACRL/NY Symposium Committee Chair. She received her PhD in Theatre History/Criticism/Text/Theory at the University of Texas at Austin and her MLS from St. John’s University.

Susanne Markgren is the Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is on the executive board of ACRL/NY, and has written articles, book reviews, and chapters for a variety of publications and has co-authored the “Career Q&A with the Library Career People” column since 2003. She received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

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