Use an evaluation form to record candidate responses and board member impressions.
Once all of the finalists have been interviewed, the search committee should discuss and rank the finalists. Some qualifications to consider in ranking candidates are:
- attitude of service to the community and enthusiasm for librarianship
- philosophy of library service attuned with that of the library’s mission statement
- ability to explain how his or her experience and talent can be used as library director
- understanding of the role of trustees
- successful record of working with board and community leaders, and supervising staff
- willingness to become involved in the community and ability to be comfortable in relations with the public
- knowledge of basic principles such as intellectual freedom
- a reasonable grasp of the library’s situation, budget and plans based on information supplied to the candidate in advance
- commitment to continuing education for the director and staff
Check references before offering the position to a candidate. When calling references, agreed-upon questions should be asked with space on the form for search committee members to write down responses. A search committee may want to seek out references other than those listed. Be aware, some employers will only verify such things as dates of employment and last salary earned.