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AALL Spectrum / January/February 2017 / Volume 21, Number 3

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40 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG Q uestion: What are the most important qualities and skills that you look for during the hiring process? Successful Hiring T here are a number of qualities that I seek in any position within the library. These aren't always easy to define, but I will try to articulate four of them. The first I would describe as attitudinal, which I think of as a willingness and flexibility. When presented with a new type of project, the employee's first reaction is a willingness, or rather an eagerness, to take on new projects—the opposite of resistance. In our library environment, the flow and type of questions and projects are unpredictable and ever-changing. One may be asked to teach a session on an unfamiliar topic, to learn a new technology, to create a new procedure, to adapt to a new set of conditions or constraints, to research a complex question, or to take on a new set of duties. In order to be successful at any of these, a person must first embrace the challenge. •••• KEVIN GERSON DIRECTOR UCLA Law Library Los Angeles, CA gerson@law.ucla.edu LEADERSHIP ASK A DIRECTOR

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