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CLiC Guide for Rural and Small Libraries

Recruiting & Hiring a Rural Public Library Director

Good news. CLiC designed this guide to make all the hard work a little less hard. The guide is full of tools—templates, rubrics, marketing messages, and form letters—all ready to be ripped and re-mixed for your library.

We strongly recommend that you read our Introduction… you’ll find success stories about four rural public library directors, what CLiC can (and cannot) do to assist your library board, and special considerations for rural libraries.

Start Here ->Introduction to Recruiting & Hiring a Rural Public Library Director


Templates: Planning Tools

A “Hiring To-Do Timeline,” and examples of screening tools, including rubrics for assessing candidates.

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Templates: Interview Tools

Examples of questions, a form for documenting interview questions and notes, and an interview schedule template.

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Templates: Offer & Onboarding

Offer letter template, a playbook for onboarding your new director, and an onboarding schedule.

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A Special Message

Your board’s investment in a healthy recruitment and hiring process WILL pay off. There’s a lot to take in here, and it can feel complicated.

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Bonus Content

We recently delivered a presentation titled, “5 Steps to Better Recruitment.” While not specifically about library director recruitment strategies, there are some transferable lessons.

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