On Monday, October 20th, SLAIS students at UBC were treated to Getting Hired in Higher Education, a BCLA/ALPS panel event designed to answer their questions about academic librarianship. Despite midterm assignments and busy schedules, over 20 students attended to ask their questions and learn about what employers in academic libraries are looking for from panelists Ophelia Ma (University of Victoria), Julie Mitchell (Irving K. Barber Learning Services, UBC), Allison Richardson (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), and Ron Rooth (Simon Fraser University).
Many of the questions sought information about the sorts of classes, skills and professional experience that employers are looking for within academic library. Other questions focused on the application and interview process and how to learn about an institution before getting hired. A list of these student questions can be viewed here: http://alpsgettinghired.pbwiki.com/Questions
Overall, students were instructed to tailor their education and experience to the job they want. They were told that while technical skills, teaching experience, discipline specialty and association affiliation are important in working in academic libraries, it is a person’s own particular “fit” with the job and the institution that will get them hired in academic libraries.
Submitted by: Nicole Penz, ALPS SLAIS Student Representative