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What are your favorite children’s books? | Librarian Questions

Bring a list. Always. Trust me – your mind will go blank in this moment. It’s happened to me before and I’m pretty sure it cost me that position. Name and describe a few of your favorite titles and why … Continue reading

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What are your weaknesses? | Librarian Questions

Ah, an interview classic. I hate this question for so many reasons, but I think someone has asked it in almost every interview I’ve ever been a part of, so be prepared for it. Ask ten people for advice on … Continue reading

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How do you deal with discipline problems? | Librarian Questions

This question also comes down to personal preference, but here’s what I do. I put behavior procedures in place starting on day one. You can find all my library behavior information when you sign up for my free library lesson … Continue reading

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What is your collection development and maintenance strategy? | Librarian Questions

I regularly survey students and teachers to find out the types of books they would like to read. I also seek out professional reviews from publications like School Library Journal and Booklist, and read recommendations on collection development tools like … Continue reading

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How would you integrate technology into your instruction? | Librarian Questions

This answer to this question may vary based on the technology available, but here’s a sample answer. I will teach students to use the online library catalog to find books in our library. We will also learn how to efficiently … Continue reading

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How would you promote reading? | Librarian Questions

I could talk about this one all day long. We use Accelerated Reader at my school, so you can check out this post for lots of ideas on that. You could also discuss book fairs, book talks, book trailers, summer … Continue reading

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How could you, as the school librarian, connect what you do in the library to today’s emphasis on student achievement and the Common Core standards? | Librarian Questions

The librarian should collaborate with teachers whenever possible in order to make curricular connections and assist with teaching Common Core standards. If the library schedule is flexible, this collaboration could be regularly scheduled. If not, it will have to be … Continue reading

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What is your vision for the school library? | Librarian Questions

This is a tough question to answer, and may vary based on your personal education philosophy. I recommend having some notes available to refer to, or better yet, a handout that details your mission and vision for your hypothetical school … Continue reading

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Tell us about your qualifications for the position of Library Media Specialist. | Librarian Questions

Always start with your experience. Experience means much more than your education, in my opinion. Have you been a librarian before? Talk about your years of experience – how you have impacted student learning and encouraged reading. If you have … Continue reading

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Tell me about yourself. | Librarian Questions

This is your opportunity to give the interview committee some personal information about yourself. This part of the interview is critical – it gives the committee a chance to learn more about you as a person, not just a librarian. … Continue reading

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