Purpose – Using a six‐step process, the purpose of this paper is to present some guidelines for preparing job descriptions for a library organization. Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws on the personal expertise of the author, who has been a library consultant to all types of libraries for over 15 years. Findings – This paper suggests that before a job description can be written, the organization must first understand what kinds of jobs are necessary, then do a job analysis, and then go through a process that involves the employees who are to carry out the responsibilities of the particular job to help design the job and write the job description. Originality/value – This paper helps the library director and the library department manager more intelligently approach the design of a job and more precisely document the scope of that job within the library organization.
The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 30, 2008
Keywords: Job descriptions; Job analysis; Peer review; Human resource management