Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Academic librarian job advertisements often use personality traits to describe future job candidates. No study has looked at what personality traits are used most frequently in librarian job advertisements and whether they tie to job performance through the Big Five personality dimensions. Content analysis of librarian job advertisements from the last three months of 2018 showed that the most used personality traits were creative, innovative, and collaborative. Although the Big Five dimension of conscientiousness has been linked to job performance, only 16% of job advertisements used personality traits in that dimension