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Help with Hiring

This page is provided to help libraries progress through the often difficult tasks of writing and updating position descriptions, which is outlined below. The tabs above provide links to resources to help libraries plan and conduct recruitment for existing and new positions. There are sample position descriptions from many libraries within the South Central Library System, examples of library interview questions, and information about where to advertise library openings.

Writing Position Descriptions

Once you've finalized your Position Description (see template), you should turn your attention to the Job Posting (see template). The job posting uses much of the information from the position description, but adds information about salary, benefits, and the application process and timeline.

Critical to this process is in-depth discussion about the position and its duties, and the kinds of skills trustees, director, and other staff believe are most necessary to ensure success. Position descriptions should be reviewed anytime there is a vacancy, but also on a regular basis to ensure they match the jobs as they are today.

Guidelines for Writing Descriptions

Other Resources

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