A review of advertisements for part-time library positions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine advertisements for part-time professional library jobs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The goal is to gain a better understanding of what skills and experience levels are being required of part-time librarians, as well as what their expected salary and hours might be. Design/methodology/approach – Advertisements for part-time professional library positions were collected from online sources over the course of one year. Findings – Part-time librarian positions tend to be public services positions in either public or academic libraries. Advertisements for these position indicate a need for flexibility and often do not contain information about salary or hours. Many are suitable for entry-level librarians with no experience. Research limitations/implications – Job advertisement studies are limited in that they can only examine the information contained in the advertisements themselves and therefore may not reflect the actual person hired. Practical implications – This paper will provide useful information for librarians seeking part-time positions, as well as for library and information science educators and library managers who wish to mentor or hire new librarians. Originality/value – This paper corrects an identified lack of research into part-time library employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-80
Number of pages13
JournalLibrary Management
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 11 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Entry-level employment
  • Human resources
  • Library employees
  • Library management
  • Part-time employees
  • Part-time librarians


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