Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Essays sought for Public Libraries Issue

We’d like to you to tell us about librarian recruitment from your PERSPECTIVE.

PERSPECTIVES is a regular feature in Public Libraries, the journal of the Public Library Association. Essays of 1000 words +/- on the topic of “librarian recruitment” are needed for the Jan/Feb 2006 issue.

Are you the employer? Have you had difficulty filling positions? Have you downgraded or upgraded jobs or benefits to get a better applicant pool? Since 2000 how many vacancies have you had due to retirement, burnout, or a change to another type of library? How many vacancies do you anticipate by 2010? Have you developed a grow-your-own program?

Are you the employee? Do you think there is a librarian shortage? Have you been able to find a job in your specialty? What comments can you make about the search process? What advice do you have for those considering librarianship or about to graduate from library school?

Submit your essay as an MSWord attachment by August 25.

Nann Blaine Hilyard, co-editor
Zion-Benton Public Library
Zion, IL

Source: BCALA Listserv August 3, 2005