ACRL releases "Get the Job: Academic Library Hiring for the New Librarian"

For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/28/2020


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Get the Job: Academic Library Hiring for the New Librarian” by Meggan Press, an accessible, constructive handbook that can help you navigate the academic library job search and hiring process. 

Academia is a strange and wonderful beast, governed by rules and traditions that can be opaque to those that have never worked professionally within its unique corridors. The academic job search is a very specific process that only superficially resembles a job search in other fields.

"Get the Job" is a concise, practical guide to the job search for librarians interested in a career in academic libraries. It opens with concrete suggestions for how to direct your education toward full-time employment and get the most out of student experiences. The majority of the book is dedicated to the job hunt itself, covering the various steps of the academic hiring process, breaking each step into manageable pieces, and providing lots of tips and insights from the perspective of the search committee. Special emphasis is placed on the presentation, one of the most stressful and novel parts of the interview process for a new librarian. Along the way you’ll get glimpses into the “whys” of academia and how they manifest in the hiring processes. Finally, there is guidance for after a job offer, providing tips on negotiation and concluding with practical advice for the first year of a new job.

The goal is to empower the new job seeker and help focus your energy in a positive direction. "Get the Job" emphasizes the concrete actions that a job seeker can take in both mindset and material creation, and provides support and constructive suggestions for not just surviving but thriving during the job-seeking process.

 “Get the Job: Academic Library Hiring for the New Librarian” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. 


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.