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Hiring and Recruiting Library Workers: A Guide for Small and Rural Librarians with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

The Massachusetts Library System is pleased to announce that we have partnered with ALA Publishing to provide opportunities to learn library management skills from leaders in the field. This series is free for Massachusetts library workers, sponsored by a grant from the Manton Foundation. While information is scaled to smaller public libraries, all Massachusetts library staff and volunteers, in any type of library, are welcome to register.

The process of hiring and recruiting library workers is unique in small and rural libraries. Unlike urban, suburban or academic libraries, library managers have a smaller pool of potential recruits, meaning it can be challenging to find an employee that checks all your boxes when it comes to skills, experience and intangibles.

In this workshop, library management expert, author and consultant Catherine Hakala-Ausperk will give you the skills you need to recruit confidently and build a fantastic staff. Whether you’re looking for volunteers, full-time staff or part-timers, Cathy will show you how you can identify, interview and hire strong candidates that will help your library thrive.

After participating in this event, you will be able to:
• Clarify why you are hiring. What does the community really need?
• Understand that there’s a difference between recruiting and advertising.
• Recognize that aptitude can sometimes be more important than skills.
• Master asking the right questions and listening for the right answers.


Friday, February 7, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm

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