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Top 15 Acquisitions Librarian Interview Questions
1. Are you comfortable negotiating with vendors?
Acquisitions Librarian
June 12th, 2014

Librarians help people find information from many sources. They maintain library collections and do other work as needed to keep the library running.
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Acquisitions Librarian Interview Questions
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When have you given suggestions on what books an Acquisitions Librarian should purchase? Did they follow through on your suggestion?
 
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While working at Methodist University I regularly gave suggestions for recommended reading.
 
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I get book selections often and they are usually from library patrons, whether it's at an academic or public library. Patrons will request books that they have heard of or seen in a book store or even adverised on television and want our library to acquire it. Faculty will suggest books for use in accordance with their course curriculum.
 
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What do you feel is the most important skill an acquisitions librarian should possess?
 
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The ability to work under pressure is one important skill. I have experience of this in my latest role when customers come in whilst the phone rings and a queue starts to form.
 
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I believe the most important skill is attention to detail and organization skills since you can have many contracts happening at once.
 
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How often do you read reports on what books are most popular at your library?
 
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Our libraries will receive reports perhaps once a month on which books are most popular at any library. The reports can be a bit challenging for our systems library which is why they are only printed once a month. However, while creating Research guides, it was vital that I know which items were the most popular so that I could add them to the research guide as well as research similar items in an attempt to acquire them for the library.
 
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I regularly read scholarly publications like School Library Journal to keep up with children's and teen trends.
 
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Why do you want a career as an acquisitions librarian?
 
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Be part of the development and innovative section.
 
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I think its a challenging department to work in that still serves the community. I am attracted to the business environment and would like to have this type experience to build my knowledge about collection development.
 
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Have you purchased books for the library before?
 
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I have not purchased books before direct but I have worked with the department to purchase several copies of a book from a local author. I have also selected many books professionally for bookclubs and reader's advisory.
 
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What makes you passionate about being an Acquisitions Librarian?
 
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Seeing the community enjoy the materials our Library brings to them.
 
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What is your philosophy towards work?
 
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My philosophy towards work is to focus on the big picture. I have daily and weekly accomplishments I set for myself and I do not focus on negative complications.
 
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Do the work well, and take pride in it, and help your colleagues if they need it.
 
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What individual has had the greatest influence on you?
 
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My mother she was ver creative,strong and love God.
 
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My father because he was such a hard worker and very supportive of my career ambitions.
 
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What three words would you use to describe yourself?
 
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Enthusiastic, practical, and dependable.
 
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Loyal, compassionate, adaptable.
 
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How well do you work with people?
 
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I am a team player, I like working with people very much.
 
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I work well with people since I am a good team player and I respect all people.
 
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What makes you uncomfortable?
 
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Extreme anger does make me uncomfortable, I work better with calm correction or criticism.
 
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When people around me are unhappy.
 
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What was the last book you read for fun?
 
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Currently I am reading the Shadow by Sylvain Reynard due to a book display I made.
 
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"The Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline.
 
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Are you happy with your career as an acquisitions librarian?
 
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Yes, I am very happy but I want to expand and be exposed to more of the business environment of the library.
 
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Yes! It's endlessly fascinating.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
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I have experience working in the library im a commited person and hard worker ill woill do my almost best to complete the tasks.
 
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I believe I would be a great asset to the department due to my enthusiasms and work ethic. I have a true interest in contributing to the acquisitions department.
 
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What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
 
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The high volume of students to assist working alone.
 
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Since I am still fairly new I was still face with the challenge of being able to answer really in depth reference questions.
 
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What type of orders does your library generally use when purchasing new materials?
 
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The library uses Sierra based on popular request.
 
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