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Hire for Success
Human Capital Management
Hiring the right person is not easy. You need to take many things into consideration.
Know who you are
Before you hire someone to join your staff you must know 3 things.
What is the service philosophy, or, to paraphrase Simon Sinek, "What is your Why"?
Who is currently on your staff? What skill sets and personalities will mesh with your team?
What are your library strategic goals and what is needed to reach those goals?
Know what skills you are looking for and ensure your job advertisement highlights what you'll be looking for in the interview. Don't be afraid to advertise to non-library job applicants using job duties, responsibilities and qualifications that mimic similar jobs advertised in non-library fields. Be well connected in your community and use your network of contacts to help spread the word of the job opening.
Hire for Soft Skills
It's easy to be impressed with the accolades of a job applicant resume, but most of the jobs we hire for in libraries must have strong soft skills. Many times those soft skills are needed to connect and communicate with the public, but all positions must have the ability to connect and communicate well with the other members of your team. If you hire for superior soft skills, then you can teach the hard skills (using your LIS, troubleshooting patron tech problems or even planning, prepping and running programs).
Nick Grove is the Tech Library Supervisor for the Meridian Library District at the new technology library, unBound. By taking unBound from an idea to opening in 8 months Nick was honored to be named to Library Journal's 2016 Mover & Shaker list. At unBound Nick has worked to create a space where anyone in the community can freely access emerging technology, design software and business working space. Nick enjoys playing around with any new technology he can get his hands on and spending time with his two sons.