The Considerate Interview: Improving Academic Library Hiring Processes

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Job postings and interviews are the primary ways candidates and employers get to know one another with the goal of finding a mutually rewarding match. Which elements and structure provide the best opportunity for the interview process to be informative and pleasant, while also improving DEI outcomes, attracting new talent, and emphasizing non-library subject matter expertise?

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Identify benefits to changing their hiring process
Identify potential changes to implement
Describe the impact changed processes can have on their hiring


Mary Ann Cullen is Associate Department Head and Librarian Associate Professor at Georgia State University's Alpharetta Campus. She holds an MS in Library Studies from Florida State University and an MS in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Mary Ann is co-editor of Intersections of Open Educational Resources and Information Literacy, published by ACRL. She enjoys sharing an insider look at hiring processes with new librarians, including the Georgia Libraries Association presentation, "Hiring Managers Tell All!: What Job Seekers Really Want to Know."

Leslie Madden is Team Leader for Arts & Humanities and Librarian Associate Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds an MSLS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. Leslie is co-editor of The Desk and Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services and co-author of Now You’re a Manager, both ACRL publications.

Laura Carscaddon is the Department Head for Research & Engagement and Librarian Assistant Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She holds an MSIS from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Laura is a co-author of Now You’re a Manager, from ACRL publications.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Academic library: 2 year
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