The job description should be used to write the job announcement. The job announcement should be as comprehensive as possible. Provide a description of the position, required education and experience, and desirable areas of expertise and work experience. Include the salary range and benefits, a brief description of the library and community, where to send applications, and application deadline. Request a resume and professional references.
Many cities have policies regarding what types of advertising must be done, and they may also have a budget for it. If your city has a Human Resources department, check the department before placing ads.
The job opening should be publicized widely. If the library board is considering hiring a director with a master’s degree in Library Science, notify library schools; purchase an online ad through the American Library Association. If you decide to place print ads in professional journals such as American Libraries and Library Journal, check publication deadlines and how they fit with your time line. In addition to advertising in a local newspaper, a notice may be placed on Iowa Library Services’ Job List at no cost, http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/joblist.