Writing Job Descriptions
The job description gives is an outline of the structure of the position. It should include a
summary of the job, a list of duties and responsibilities, qualifications, and any physical
requirements needed to do the job.
Preparing interview questions
The interview is your best opportunity to learn whether or not applicants have the abilities and
experience to do what is required in the position, as well as whether or not they are a good fit for
People seem to work more efficiently and learn more as members of a team. In a small library,
with few staff members and little room to move, this is doubly so.
Maintaining open communication and ongoing feedback will go a long way to support
Performance issues and disciplinary action
Three important aspects of managing performance are:
Standards and expectations: Setting goals with each employee and regularly checking in
to see how progress is being made helps to create an atmosphere in which
Termination the last resort
Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a situation in which you must consider firing a staff
member. Being fired is one of the most stressful events which can occur in someones life. (Its
been estimated that it causes as mu
Making job offers
Meet with your interview committee to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates.
Ideally, you will have one clear choice, and a few runners up. Call and make a verbal offer to
the chosen candidate as soon as you can! If the hi
Orientation and Training
Congratulations, youve hired someone! The first day is likely to be overwhelming for you and
the new hire. Begin by welcoming them with an orientation meeting in which you review the
general philosophy of your library (your missio
Staffing and Strategic Planning
Changing expectations for libraries translate into changing expectations in staffing.
Your 5 year goals will inform what services you offer, which will shape the skills and
abilities you seek in hiring. For example, if your
What is compensation?
Compensation is money or other benefits provided by the library organization to employees in
return for their work.
Three basic types of compensation are
Direct: Pay, usually in the form of hourly wages or salary. Also i