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People matters

Bob Kieserman (Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 30 May 2008




Using a six‐step process, the purpose of this paper is to present some guidelines for preparing job descriptions for a library organization.


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.


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.


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.



Kieserman, B. (2008), "People matters", The Bottom Line, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 30-32.



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