Title: Get the Job: Academic Library Hiring for the New Librarian
Author: Meggan Press
Softcover: ISBN: 978-0-8389-4840-8, $44; eBook: Item # 8400-8408, $31
Imprint: Chicago: ACRL, 2020
“Academia is a strange and wonderful beast, governed by rules and traditions that can be opaque to those that have never worked professionally within its unique corridors. The academic job search is a very specific process that only superficially resembles a job search in other fields.
Get the Job: Academic Library Hiring for the New Librarian is a concise, practical guide to the job search for librarians interested in a career in academic libraries. It opens with concrete suggestions for how to direct your education toward full-time employment and get the most out of student experiences. The majority of the book is dedicated to the job hunt itself, covering the various steps of the academic hiring process, breaking each step into manageable pieces, and providing lots of tips and insights from the perspective of the search committee. Special emphasis is placed on the presentation, one of the most stressful and novel parts of the interview process for a new librarian. Along the way you’ll get glimpses into the “whys” of academia and how they manifest in the hiring processes. Finally, there is guidance for after a job offer, providing tips on negotiation and concluding with practical advice for the first year of a new job.
The goal is to empower the new job seeker and help focus your energy in a positive direction. Get the Job emphasizes the concrete actions that a job seeker can take in both mindset and material creation, and provides support and constructive suggestions for not just surviving but thriving during the job-seeking process.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.