Among the other tasks I attended to this week, I coordinated our library’s first interview via Skype. Fortunately for us, everything went swimmingly, but as is often the case, technology is either a great assistant or a terrible burden! Preliminary interviews are most often conducted via phone these days; since our other preliminary interviews for this position were conducted in person, however, we particularly wanted to find a means to do this candidate’s interview as face-to-face as possible. Enter Skype. I created an account for the library, and our candidate already had an account; this meant our video call was free – we did, however, have to solicit assistance from IT to furnish and set up the microphone and webcam needed to facilitate the video call. The major concern I had was whether we would have audio or video freezes during the interview, something we wouldn’t really be able to help. Fortunately, everything went fine, with no connection problems whatsoever. It was a great introduction for us to a new world of interview possibilities.
Next, we brace ourselves for the beginning of the school year – orientation Monday, first day of classes Tuesday! Having started this position in July, I will be interested to see how different the job feels when the school is brimming with students and faculty.