This looks to me like a job that would suck, providing there actually is a job, which I doubt. I was intrigued by the listing on the ALA jobs page. After all, who wouldn't want to move to a town called Confidential, Illinois? But then I read the ad:
"A well established academic institution is currently seeking an energetic and outgoing individual for the following opportunity:
* ALA-accredited MLS with a minimum of 2 years professional experience.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package."
What an opportunity! LIBRARIAN! But that's not much to go on, is it? What sort of librarian do they want? I guess any old librarian will do.
And how established could they be if they won't even give their name? Are they so established we'll all just be taken aback with awe and be afraid to apply? Illinois has lots "academic institutions," but how many are really likely to impress us that much? The Universities of Chicago and Illinois post their job ads under their own name. I can only assume that this "well established academic institution" is afraid to name itself for fear of being laughed at. Maybe it's like the Suck-Ass Online University the Repressed Librarian worked at.
And it's not like this is some secret hunt for a director or a high powered executive type. I know those searches can be sensitive, and I know some libraries actually hire headhunting firms to get them someone good. Hard to believe, but it's true. But this dump is looking for a librarian with two years professional experience. What kind of experience? They don't say. Any kind of experience, presumably. But of course the candidate would have to have excellent communication skills. That goes without saying. And since communication requires actually communicating information, which this ad does not, the standards are probably pretty low.
And what does "competitive" mean here? We don't even know who they're competing against. The best university in Illinois is the University of Chicago, and I hear the librarian pay there sucks.
I smell a rat somewhere, but maybe my olfactory senses are just overdeveloped. Perhaps one of you knows the truth about this, and it's really a great opportunity for the vaguely experienced librarian.
"Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to: 7960200A@hrpriority.com"
Hrpriority seems to be a jobs warehouse of some kind, doing secret hiring for all kinds of crappy jobs, from maintenance engineer to marketing professional.
This is pretty inspirational stuff, so all I can say is: Sign me up, baby!