Bringing Intentionality and Inclusivity to the Academic Library Interview: Best Practices for Hiring
The interview process is deeply ingrained into organizations, and often unexamined even as we work to make our libraries more inclusive. The CORE Academic Interviews Project Team was tasked with creating a guide for interview best practices, with the goal of making interviews a better experience for candidates and current library employees. Through surveying colleagues and examining the literature on hiring in libraries and other disciplines, we created a set of recommendations for interview processes that are transparent and candidate-friendly, while mitigating the bias that is often inherent in long-held practices and assisting organizations in making the best hiring decision.
Kristin E. MartinDirector of Technical Services, University of Chicago
Kristin E. Martin is Director of Technical Services at the University of Chicago, managing a department of over 40 staff at all levels. She has over twenty years of experience working in libraries and archives, covering a wide range of technical services activities, including metadata management, acquisitions, and electronic resources management. She has been active within ALA’s divisions since 2007 and served as President of Association for Library Collections and Technical Services from 2018-2019. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lori BirrellAssociate Dean for Special Collections, University of Arkansas
Dr. Lori Birrell is the Associate Dean for Special Collections at the University of Arkansas. In this role, Birrell provides strategic leadership of the division and its stewardship of archives and rare books to best serve the needs of researchers at the University and around the globe.
Prior to coming to Arkansas, Birrell served as the Special Collections Librarians for Historical Manuscripts at the University of Rochester. In this position, Birrell successfully grew the department’s instruction program, implemented new technologies to increase the discoverability of archival collections, and fostered collaborations across units within the libraries and on campus.
While at the University of Rochester, Birrell completed a Doctorate of Education with a focus on higher education administration and leadership. Her dissertation became the springboard for a monograph published by the Association of Research Libraries, Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders.
Birrell believes passionately in the idea that leaders are made and not born. She has served as a mentor to emerging leaders and new librarians, and has co-chaired the program committee for the inaugural Conference on Academic Library Management. Birrell’s strong interest in leadership and management development drives her research. Her recent projects have included an analysis of librarians’ career paths, as well as the impact of remote work on librarians during COVID-19.
Dr. Birrell earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons University, a Masters in History from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.
Renna T. ReddInterlibrary Loan Librarian, Clemson University
Renna Tuten Redd has served as the Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Clemson University since 2015 and oversees resource sharing and document delivery services as well as off-site storage management. Her other current library projects involve participating in the PASCAL (Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries) migration to a shared library services platform, working on diversity and inclusion initiatives at Clemson Libraries, and writing about management best practices. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Georgia (Art History), received an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi in 2006, and completed her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2007.
Xan ArchDean, Clark Library, University of Portland
Xan Arch is the Dean of the Clark Library at the University of Portland.