Job Hunting and Hiring During the Pandemic

Tuesday, 7/20/2021 - Wednesday, 7/21/2021
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

This e-Forum was presented on Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21. View the summary of this e-Forum.

With the new COVID-19 environment, job seeking and hiring processes have had to change. Searches have been halted or delayed due to health concerns and frozen budget lines. Multi-day campus visits have been replaced with extensive Zoom interviews and digital presentations. Job layoffs have made the applicant pool more competitive than ever. Join Kellie Barbato, Narine Bournoutian, Ashley Hoffman, and Laura Haynes as we explore the deep impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the library job market and the innovative hiring accommodations that have emerged to combat them.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected job searching and hiring procedures. Topics explored include: 

  • best practices for designing a virtual interview;
  • strategies for interviewing during the pandemic; and
  • creative onboarding strategies for new hires under COVID-19

Who Should Attend

Job seekers and staff at institutions currently recruiting staff, or those with new hires


Kellie Barbato is the Director of Lineberger Memorial Library at the Columbia, SC campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Prior to this role, she served as Access Services Librarian at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Outreach Librarian at Roberts Wesleyan College. Her MLS is from the State University of New York at Buffalo and she is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership from Northeastern Seminary.

Nariné Bournoutian is the Head of Continuing Resources and Collection Maintenance at the Columbia University Law Library. She manages print serial subscriptions and the physical organization of the onsite library collection, which consists of almost half a million volumes across three floors. Nariné has an MLIS from Kent State University.

Ashley Hoffman is the eLearning Librarian at Kennesaw State University Library System. Prior to this position, she served as KSU Library System's Interim Director of Research & Instructional Services and the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator. Ashley earned a M.L.I.S. from Valdosta State University and a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Ashley's current research interest is interim leadership in libraries.

Laura Haynes is the Catalog and Metadata Management Librarian at Binghamton University. She earned her MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Her research interests include cataloging ethics and music collections.




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