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Recruiting library staff : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians
Low, Kathleen.
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New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [1999]

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xiii, 120 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
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From high level managers to custodial staff, libraries large and small can face daunting challenges when recruiting applicants. Are some ways better than others to attract a desirable candidate pool? How can a manager target potential employees with the necessary characteristics and skills? Which recruitment activities are the best fit for the library's needs and resources? Are there hidden costs and potential pitfalls or benefits from job fairs, commercial career events, and other activities? What perception do applicants have of the library and can/should they be changed? These questions and more are answered by this very practical "how-to". Included are ready to use position description work sheets, job descriptions, announcements, audit forms, and much more. "Do" and "don't" review checklists are included for each chapter.

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Low speaks to all library staffers involved in recruiting and selecting new staff members about such topics as current and future openings; the image the library wants to promote; which recruitment methods to employ; and the roles of advertisements, job fairs and similar events, and networking in publicizing staff needs. Appendixes cover executive research firms, job lines, periodicals carrying job advertisements, and Web sites useful for recruitment; sample forms for evaluating current jobs, developing position descriptions, and determining recruitment costs are provided.

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This slim volume explicates some pretty basic ideas. Sell your library. Review compensation and benefits. Advertise. Consider job fairs. Understand applicable laws. Low, human resources development consultant with the California State Library and author of The Roles of Reference Librarians, emphasizes recruitment for public libraries. Her book discusses desirable employee characteristics and skills, legal matters, job fairs, display graphics, and advertising media. Appendixes cover job hotlines, periodicals, listservs, web sites, display and banner suppliers, and vendors of premiums and giveaways. While a manual on this topic could be useful, it is impossible to recommend this book as it is scattered, unfocused, and incomplete. For example, the appendix "Executive Search Firms, Consulting and Placement Services" is highly selective, listing only seven "library and/or public sector" firms and including only one of the four executive recruiters who wrote on "The Changing Nature of Library Executive Recruitment" in the November/December 1998 issue of Public Libraries. A chapter of Richard E. Rubin's Hiring Library Employees (Neal-Schuman, 1993) covers recruitment, and even Barbara I. Dewey's dated Library Jobs: How To Fill Them, How To Find Them (Oryx, 1987) is more useful.ÄSkip Auld, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Recruitment Processp. 1
Seven Steps to Successful Recruitingp. 2
Step 1. Seek Administrative Support and Visionp. 2
Step 2. Determine Your Staffing Needsp. 4
Step 3. Determine Your Target Audiencep. 5
Step 4. Select the Best Recruitment Methodp. 5
Step 5. Identify and Define the Positive Aspects of Your Library as an Employerp. 6
Step 6. Recruitp. 6
Step 7. Evaluate, Refine, and Continue Recruitingp. 7
Chapter 2 Portraying Your Library as a Good Employerp. 9
Eight Ways to Enhance Compensation Packagesp. 9
1. Review Salary and Benefitsp. 9
2. Identify Other Forms of Compensationp. 9
3. Look Beyond the Standard Benefits Packagep. 11
4. Highlight Promotional Opportunitiesp. 11
5. Offer Training and Educational Opportunitiesp. 11
6. Talk About Professional/Personal Development Opportunitiesp. 12
7. Capitalize on the Library's Reputationp. 12
8. Profile Coworkersp. 13
Discover Your Library's Appealing Featuresp. 13
Locationp. 13
Recreationp. 14
Quality of Lifep. 14
Proximity to Small Pleasuresp. 14
The Neighborhoodp. 15
Advertising Your Appealp. 15
Chapter 3 Determining Current and Future Openingsp. 21
Understand the Purpose of a Job Analysisp. 21
Conduct a Job Analysisp. 22
Write Job Descriptionsp. 26
Choose Appealing Job Titlesp. 28
Organize Job Responsibilities into Meaningful Categoriesp. 29
Define Your Job Qualificationsp. 29
List Desirable Characteristics for Candidatesp. 31
Include Information on Salary and Benefitsp. 31
Chapter 4 Determining the General Skills and Characteristics of Individuals You Seek to Recruitp. 41
Identify Desirable Characteristicsp. 42
Identify Desirable Skills and Abilitiesp. 43
Verify Specific Skills and Characteristicsp. 46
Know the Relevant Legislationp. 46
Chapter 5 Selecting the Library Image You Wish to Promotep. 49
Recognize the Importance of Imagep. 49
Discover Your Library's Current Imagep. 49
Be Open to Changing that Imagep. 50
Promote a Positive Imagep. 53
Promote a Positive Image among Applicants for Professional Positionsp. 53
Chapter 6 Using the Best Recruitment Methodsp. 55
Recruitment Methods that Workp. 55
Advertisep. 55
Recruit on Campusp. 55
Exhibit at Job Fairs and Eventsp. 56
Attend Conferencesp. 57
Encourage Employee Referralsp. 57
Consider Employment Agencies and Servicesp. 57
Investigate Executive Recruiters and Search Firmsp. 59
Look into Internal Recruitmentp. 59
Which Method Is Best?p. 59
Chapter 7 Recruitment Advertisingp. 63
Ask Yourself Four Crucial Questionsp. 63
Five Steps to Developing a Recruitment Advertisementp. 66
Step 1. Target Your Audiencep. 66
Step 2. Select the Mediump. 66
Step 3. Develop the Job Advertisementp. 69
Step 4. Know the Relevant Legal Issuesp. 71
Step 5. Maintain an Advertising Packagep. 73
Chapter 8 Maximizing Your Participation in Job Eventsp. 75
Consider a Variety of Displaysp. 78
Pop-Up Displaysp. 78
Modular Displaysp. 78
Table-Top Displaysp. 78
Determine Your Display Needsp. 79
Physical Environmentp. 79
Ease of Assembly and Tear Downp. 80
Portability and Transportabilityp. 80
Storagep. 80
Evaluate Purchasing versus Rentingp. 80
Six Ways to Make the Most of Job Fairsp. 82
1. Display Graphics and Art Workp. 82
2. Use Banners and Table Drapesp. 82
3. Purchasing Event-Related Advertising Spacep. 85
4. Send a Direct Mailing to Participantsp. 85
5. Bring Sufficient and Well-Trained Booth Staffp. 85
6. Offer Special Activities and Giveawaysp. 86
Avoid the Five Fatal Job-Event Mistakesp. 87
Chapter 9 Networking for Recruitment Purposesp. 91
Understand the Purpose of Networkingp. 91
Follow the Five Basic Steps in Recruitment Networkingp. 92
Step 1. Identify Like-Minded Organizationsp. 92
Step 2. Join the Organizationp. 92
Step 3. Establish Credibilityp. 92
Step 4. Know Your Libraryp. 93
Step 5. Promote the Library Overallp. 93
Tools of the Recruiting Tradep. 93
A Executive Search Firms, Consulting and Placement Servicesp. 95
B Selected List of Periodicals that Carry Library Job Advertisementsp. 97
C Associations Operating Job Linesp. 101
D Selected Listservsp. 103
E Web sites of Associations Listing Job Opportunitiesp. 107
F Selected Job Sites on the Webp. 109
G Selected List of Display and Banner Suppliersp. 111
H Selected List of Suppliers of Premiums and Giveawaysp. 115
Bibliographyp. 117
Indexp. 119
About the Authorp. 121