Over the past couple of years, the University of Chicago Library acquisitions department experienced a significant amount of clerical and supervisory staff turnover. This turnover was the result of retirements, career advancements, and career changes. We viewed this period of change as an opportunity to recruit a highly skilled and diverse staff which will help poise and sustain the department for the future. To accomplish this, we knew that we had to think differently about what skills we needed and what skills would be transferable from industries outside the library or academe into the library.
This talk will provide an outline of the potential benefits of non-library industry hiring by exploring the following topics:
- What types of skills are needed for work in the department, not just currently, but in the future?
- What types of non-industry candidates could be well-suited for a job in the library?
- How to satisfy current departmental needs and anticipate future industry developments and changes through hiring, and why considering applicants new to the Library may address each of those challenges
- Reframing requisitions and interviews to focus on transferable/soft skills, in the absence of relevant library experience
- Casting a wider net can sometimes yield unexpected, but fruitful results in a job search
- Initial training and development to acclimate new hires into library work
The session will be comprised of short panel sections focused on a targeted topic during which we will have interactive polls, a matching game, and take questions from the attendees. Panelists will include a mix of staff: librarians, supervisors, and clerical staff.
Susan Martin, Head, Acquisitions Services, University of Chicago
Susan holds an A.B. in American Studies and French from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. In her spare time she enjoys traditional librarian pursuits, such as book collecting, knitting, and cats.
Tina Erikson, Receiving and Rapid Cataloging Supervisor, University of Chicago
Tina holds a B.A. in Spanish and Religion from Ashland University and an M.A. in Romance Languages and Literature from The University of Chicago. She loves playing Dungeons and Dragons and spending time with her husband, 1 year old son, and 2 cats.
Jessica Glomb, Library Orders Supervisor, University of Chicago
She holds a BA in Psychology from Indiana University. In her spare time she stays up far too late reading about world history, industry and politics, and paints and cooks a little. With a background in nutrition sales, she dabbles in fitness, too!
Max Maller, Principal Orders Assistant, University of Chicago
Max holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature and Language from Reed College and an MA from the University of Chicago.
Philip Stefani, Receiving Assistant, University of Chicago
He earned a B.A. in Art History and Visual Culture Studies from Whitman College. Outside of work, Philip enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time in the sun.