Practical and Transparent Advice for the Academic Library Job Search

$200.00

Dates: March 6 - April 2

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

The academic job market is brutal, and especially so for aspiring academic librarians. With more applicants than there are jobs, the competition is fierce. First-time academic library job seekers (or even experienced job seekers) may feel lost, overwhelmed, and exhausted by all that is involved in applying for an academic library job--and even more so if they have never been clued in to how the academic search process really works. There is an unspoken unwillingness in academic libraries to share functional details of the academic search process, and allowing applicants to wander blindly through the search process benefits no one. Knowing the expectations and way an academic search functions won’t necessarily make the process easier, but it will allow applicants to be smarter about how they craft their application materials, interact with the search committee, and interview. This course will shed light on the academic search process and give academic library job seekers a much-needed peek behind the hiring curtain that will help them have more agency and power over their applications. Additionally, by allowing applicants to better understand how academic searches tend to work and being clear about the expectations involved, we give them a better opportunity to present their authentic selves in their applications and interviews. The course will cover: coded language in job descriptions; typical search committee procedures; candidate scoring matrices and rankings; crafting stand-out application materials using qualification charts; and how to interview your interviewers.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

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We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

The academic job market is brutal, and especially so for aspiring academic librarians. With more applicants than there are jobs, the competition is fierce. First-time academic library job seekers (or even experienced job seekers) may feel lost, overwhelmed, and exhausted by all that is involved in applying for an academic library job–and even more so if they have never been clued in to how the academic search process really works. There is an unspoken unwillingness in academic libraries to share functional details of the academic search process, and allowing applicants to wander blindly through the search process benefits no one. Knowing the expectations and way an academic search functions won’t necessarily make the process easier, but it will allow applicants to be smarter about how they craft their application materials, interact with the search committee, and interview. This course will shed light on the academic search process and give academic library job seekers a much-needed peek behind the hiring curtain that will help them have more agency and power over their applications. Additionally, by allowing applicants to better understand how academic searches tend to work and being clear about the expectations involved, we give them a better opportunity to present their authentic selves in their applications and interviews. The course will cover: coded language in job descriptions; typical search committee procedures; candidate scoring matrices and rankings; crafting stand-out application materials using qualification charts; and how to interview your interviewers.

Kristina Clement

Kristina ClementKristina Clement, MA, MSIS is the Student Outreach and Sponsored Programs Librarian and Librarian Assistant Professor for the Kennesaw State University Library System. Kristina received her MS in Information Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her MA in Italian Literature from the University of Notre Dame. She regularly works with transfer students, first-generation students, veterans, and other non-traditional populations to help them find their home in the library. Kristina has considerable presentations and publications about Universal Design for Learning in library instruction, outreach to transfer students and first-generation students, instructional assessment, and the faux-equity of the one-shot model of information literacy instruction.

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