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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

Trustees: Trustee Focus: Library Director

Information, resources, and advice for library trustees in Massachusetts.


Trustee Focus: The Library Director event was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Leominster Public Library, presented by the MBLC and MLS advisors.

Here you will find program handouts along with other resources to aid you in your director search, evaluations, and relations.

General Program Handouts

The Hiring Process

The hiring process involves many steps. As a full board, you will want to develop an action plan and do an exercise like the "Major Challenges" sheet below.

The board should review and revise the director's job description and job posting. You may want to establish a selection committee. You will also conduct interviews and reference checks.

The Director Search packet to the right has many helpful samples. Here are some other resources:

Developing your job description and job posting

Additional resources on interviewing (including suggested questions -- and inappropriate ones)

Director Orientation


Evaluating is an important part of communicating, planning, and staying on track as an organization, and evaluating the library director is the trustees' responsibility. Over time, you may need to evaluate the director's job performance, the trustees' performance as a board, or your individual performance as a trustee. Evaluations give you the chance to adjust and correct, to plan for improvements in performance, and to reward.

The Massachusetts General Laws that relate to the director's contract and the evaluation process of the director are also available below.

MBLC Director Search Process

The MBLC Director Search Process contains:

  • An Overview of the Search Process
  • Sample Action Plan
  • Major Challenges Facing Our Library
  • Suggested Job Description
  • Examples of Advertisements
  • Places to Advertise for Library Director
  • Job Posting Websites
  • Sample Screening Committee Charge
  • Sample Letters
  • Sample Interview Questions and Topics
  • Interview Rating Sheet
  • Sample Questions for Checking References
  • Example of Employment Contract for Library Director
  • Sample Library Director Evaluation