privilege in the library job search process

From The Angora cat : how to breed, train and keep it / edited by Robert Kent James (1898)

85th chat, Tuesday July 11 2017: privilege in the library job search process
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

Moderated by @kevinseeber @catladylib @ForgetTheMaine @modbrarian @christinemmoe
Storify (pdf, html) by @kevinseeber

Jargon/concepts/shorthand to know ahead of time:

  • MPOW = “my place of work”
  • FPOW = “former place of work”
  • CV = “curriculum vitae”; these are frequently required for academic library positions in place of a resume.
  • cover letter = document to accompany to resume/CV that speaks to specific parts of the job listing.
  • job talk = also known as a “candidate presentation,” this is a common part of the interview process in which the person interviewing has to give a presentation to a room full of people.

Suggested readings:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. How does the library job search process and hiring for “fit” reinforce hegemonic cultural expectations? #critlib
  • Q2. What should search committees/hiring authorities be doing differently when recruiting, interviewing, & hiring library workers? #critlib
  • Q3. Job searching involves lots of emotions. How can we address them in a healthy way, esp. given pessimism in the larger field? #critlib
  • Q4. What can experienced library workers do to help job seekers with less library experience? #critlib
  • Q5. If you started a new job in the last year, what advice can you offer job seekers looking for their first position? #critlib