My library is in the midst of three retirements, and all three are key positions: Director, Circulation Supervisor, and Teen Librarian. The people in these positions have worked here for a long time, and we realized that the job descriptions have not been updated in a while.
Tip: Update job descriptions, or at least read over them, every year when each employee has their annual review. You’re reviewing how well they are doing what they were hired to do, and the job description lists what they were hired to do. The timing could not be more perfect! You’ll get the input of the person actually doing the job, too.
Everyone who works in libraries knows that they change like the wind. A lot can happen over the course of a year, and employees can find themselves with different responsibilities. A good job description is vague enough to cover most general areas of responsibility, but specific enough to make it clear to both the employee and the employer what is expected.
We turned to WebJunction for sample job descriptions. What a fantastic resource! I urge you to take a look at the wealth of shared information on the site before re-inventing things like policies, procedures, and job descriptions. For example, here is a link to a whole list of Teen Librarian job descriptions.
Even if you are not currently writing or revising policies, procedures, or job descriptions, this is a great source to keep up to date on what other libraries are doing and to compare your practices to others’. It provides inspiration for new directions you may not have even realized were options.