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University Librarian Interview

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Question 1 of 40
Why do you want a career as an university librarian?
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Question 2 of 40
How did you hear about this position?
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I learnt about it from the paid advertisement.
Question 3 of 40
What would you change about yourself to make you a better university librarian?
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I would be a team leader and a team player, because this is a position that entails carrying others along and posterity will judge mismanagement of the opportunity.
Question 4 of 40
What goals have you set for yourself this year?
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The goals are in developing the library content. The information resources available have to be overhauled, newer and current information resources would be of added value to the university community.
Question 5 of 40
What part of a librarian are you most excited about?
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I would be excited to empower the librarian. By empowering the librarian, the library system is directly empowered.
Question 6 of 40
If you were in charge of ordering new books, would you hold any personal, political, etc, bias towards any books?
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I have an unbiased attitude to acquisitions of books. My personal interest must not ordinarily influence my ability to balance ordering information resources to meet the information needs of the academic community.
Question 7 of 40
How do you handle stressful situations?
Question 8 of 40
How are your computer skills?
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My computer skills are good enough to make me effectively handle my official duties and beyond. More so, acquisitions of literacy skills is a continuous exercise, and I am ready to train and retrain my self to be able to deliver optimally.
Question 9 of 40
Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Librarian?
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I have been a trained Librarian for a better part of my life, 26 years and I have just completed my PhD in Librarianship, All these are indicators of my preparation for a career as a Librarian.
Question 10 of 40
What do you think your references would say your best skills are?
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I want to believe that they believe in me and my skills. I have worked and collaborated with some of them to work and conduct research works. I am sure they appreciate my skills.
Question 11 of 40
What are your career goals as a Librarian?
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My career goals are to make positive impact both in my local library and internationally by means of research activities, paper presentations . Secondly, my career goal is to mentor as many younger colleagues as possible and have them empowered through continuous education such as workshops and seminars and refreshers courses.
Question 12 of 40
How do you stay current with new books?
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I go through books in print, electronic catalogues of publishers and subscription news alert from publishers announcing new arrivals or publications.
Question 13 of 40
Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had while working in a library.
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The most rewarding experience I have ever had was when I was in a medical library, starved with funds to buy information resources, but went round the situation by training the faculty members and students information searching and retrieval skills to assist in making the best use of free academic electronic resources available on the Internet. This was a laudable project tat won me awards from the management of the college of Medicine I worked for .
Question 14 of 40
How would your former employer describe you?
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They will likely describe me as a passionate worker, dedicated and lover of challenges.
Question 15 of 40
What are your qualifications for this position?
Question 16 of 40
Which professional organizations do you belong to?
Question 17 of 40
What is your cataloging experience?
Question 18 of 40
Do you work well on a team? How would you define teamwork?
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Yes, I work well as both the team leader and a team player. As a team leader, I initiate and direct the course of activities while as a team player I give the team my utmost support, learning and contributing to the success of all plans that would make the library system succeed.
Yes, I work well as both the team leader and a team player. As a team leader, I initiate and direct the course of activities while as a team player I give the team my utmost support, learning and contributing to the success of all plans that would make the library system succeed.
Question 19 of 40
Do you manage your time well?
Question 20 of 40
How do you stay motivated?
Question 21 of 40
What is your vision for the university library?
Question 22 of 40
How would you promote reading?
Question 23 of 40
How would you integrate technology into your instruction?
Question 24 of 40
How strictly do you follow rules and guidelines?
Question 25 of 40
What is your greatest strength?
Question 26 of 40
What is your greatest weakness?
Question 27 of 40
What made you choose a career as an university librarian?
Question 28 of 40
Tell me a time when you disagreed with your boss.
Question 29 of 40
What motivates you as an university librarian?
Question 30 of 40
How well do you work with people?
Question 31 of 40
Do you have any experience working with college students?
Question 32 of 40
If you saw a student stealing a book, what would you do?
Question 33 of 40
When did you realize you wanted to be a librarian?
Question 34 of 40
What do you know about our university?
Question 35 of 40
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Question 36 of 40
How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Question 37 of 40
What type of books are your favorite?
Question 38 of 40
Do you enjoy helping students with their research?
Question 39 of 40
Tell me about a difficult time you had, while helping someone research a subject.
Question 40 of 40
What Librarian duties did you dislike the most at your previous job?

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