Academic Libraries Recruitment Efficacy and Outcome Study Presentation ( Slides )

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Academic Libraries Recruitment Efficacy and Outcome Study Presentation ( Slides )
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Keith, Brian W.
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Presentation on the Academic Libraries Recruitment Efficacy and Outcome Study. This cooperative study investigates the efficacy of employee recruitment techniques used by academic libraries, focusing on the advertising of vacancies and the solicitation of applications which are intended to generate large, diverse applicant pools and result in recruitment from traditionally underrepresented groups. The presentation was within one of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) sponsored two Research Forums at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA (June 21-26). The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion.

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ACADEMIC LIBRARIES RECRUITMENT EFFICACY AND OUTCOME STUDY Bonnie J Smith Assistant Program Director for HR George A. Smathers Libraries University of Florida Brian W Keith Associate Dean, Administrative Services and Faculty Affairs George A. Smathers Libraries University of Florida Library Research Round Table (LRRT) ALA Annual Conference 2012 Research: Creativity and Innovation

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Session Focus Innovative Inquiry: and innovation are needed to respond to many of today's challenges. Libraries and librarians require new and creative approaches to defining questions and finding answers

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Recruiting a Qualified and Diverse Workforce Maximize the size, quality and diversity of applicant pool. What strategies and advertising venues are really successful in attracting the best qualified and most diverse applicants? Desired Outcome Question

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The Challenge Where to Aim? Diversity Focused Recruiting Institution Newspapers Social Networking Individuals Electronic Mailing Lists Websites

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Traditional Response to the Challenge The institution specifies where it will post and includes diversity oriented venues collects anecdotal data for individual searches t ries to draw conclusions from that information adds locations as they learn of them and as time and budget permits

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Innovative Response to the Challenge Ongoing longitudinal study to investigate the efficacy of employee recruitment techniques at multiple institutions Focuses on: Advertising of vacancies, Solicitation of applications & Recruitment outcomes resulting from these activities

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Purpose Comparison and assessment of library recruitment activities

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Benefits from Participation Repository of search efforts and outcomes compliance reporting Evaluate effectiveness of specific advertising venues Including venues intended to increase applications from underrepresented groups Learn about successful posting locations from other institutions Capture trends in positions/titles in academic libraries

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Study Design In partnership between: Duke University Texas A&M University University of California Irvine University of Chicago University of Florida University of Massachusetts Amherst University of Minnesota University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

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Design and Development 2009 Launch Study June 2010 8 institutions and 24 searches Launch Reporting Tool June 2011 17 institutions and 50 searches Current Status June 2012 27 institutions and 85 searches Timeline

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27 Participant Institutions June 2012 Baker College College of Charleston Duke University Georgia Sate University Michigan State University Middle Tennessee State University Northwestern University Ohio University Pennsylvania State University Purdue University Rutgers University Texas A&M University Towson University University of Alberta University of Buffalo University of California Irvine University of Chicago University of Colorado Boulder University of Connecticut University of Florida University of Massachusetts Amherst University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Missouri University of North Carolina Chapel Hill University of Pennsylvania Virginia Commonwealth University

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Data The intent is to collect granular and comprehensive data on each search that will permit analysis and conclusions.

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Data The data collected for each search includes: Position Information FTE FLSA (+ type of exempt position) Type of position (Specialist; Admin; Branch Head; Department Head) Working Title Employment Type (Temporary; Regular; Tenure Accruing) Institution Type (Law; Medical; Other) Dates (Posted; Closed) Search Status (Filled; Unfilled; Open)

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Data Where position was posted Specific venues organized into 9 categories General Advertising Venues Electronic Mailing Lists Social Networking Web Sites Regional and Local Venues Newspapers ALA Accredited Library Schools Specialty Venues Individuals Write ins

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Data Search Results Number of completed applications Number of applications meeting minimum qualifications Number of phone interviews Number of onsite interviews Number of offers Information for Successful Candidates Start date Gender Ethnicity

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Dynamic Flexible Comprehensive Easy to Use Downloadable to PDF and Excel Reporting Tool

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Reporting Tool FTE FLSA Type of position Working Title Employment Type Institution Type Dates Search Status Suppress posting voids Suppress write ins Searchable by region All data can be used as criteria Additional reporting options

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Reporting Tool How does it work? Examples? http://apps.uflib.ufl.edu/recruitmentstudy/query

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27 participant institutions 13 submitted data 85 searches 6 medical library searches No law library searches 74 positions filled / 11 unfilled Stats So far

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Results Public Services/Reference (21) Subject Specialist (19) Instructional Services (14) Archivist/Curator (9) Information Technology (9) Digital Services (5) Gender 47 women 27 men Ethnicity 16% from under represented groups 6 Asian 4 Black or African American 2 Hispanic Latino Most prevalent job categories Gender and Ethnicity

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Findings Most Productive Posting Categories By Number of Offers to Number of Postings 0% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 12% 14% 16% Library's Venues General Advertising Specialty

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Findings Most Productive Posting Categories By Number of Offers to Number of Applicants Meeting Minimum Qualifications 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Social Media Individual Solicitations/Word of Mouth Specialty

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Findings Most Productive Posting Categories By Number of Offers 0 5 10 15 20 25 Library's Venues General Advertising Individual Solicitations/Word of Mouth Specialty

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Findings Least Productive Posting Categories By Number of Offers to Number of Postings 0.00% 0.10% 0.20% 0.30% 0.40% 0.50% 0.60% 0.70% 0.80% Under-Represented Specific Social Media ALA Accredited Library Schools Newspapers 2/268 3/1110 1/189 0/15

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Findings Number of Postings Compared to Number of Offers 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 4000 4500 postings offers 81 3872

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Enhancements in 2.0 Revisions to venues, job types, etc... Key word searching More data analysis Marketing

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Benefits from Participation Repository of search efforts and outcomes compliance reporting Evaluate effectiveness of specific advertising venues Including venues intended to increase applications from underrepresented groups Learn about successful posting locations from other institutions Capture trends in positions/titles in academic libraries

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ACADEMIC LIBRARIES RECRUITMENT EFFICACY AND OUTCOME STUDY Thank you! Bonnie J Smith Assistant Program Director for HR George A. Smathers Libraries University of Florida Brian W Keith Associate Dean, Administrative Services and Faculty Affairs George A. Smathers Libraries University of Florida RecruitmentStudy@uflib.ufl.edu