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Public Library Compensation Toolkit

The Public Library Compensation Toolkit was developed to help address inequities in library director and staff compensation when compared to other local government employees who do comparable work. The Toolkit provides library boards, directors, and staff the tools needed to address these inequities and request fair and competitive compensation.

The main Toolkit document contains an overview on how to request fair compensation and communicate the results of the Job Analysis Questionnaire and Job Description, including resources for compensation information.

In addition to the main document, supporting documents include:

  • A Job Analysis Questionnaire designed to understand the value a position provides to the local government and establish a basis for determining the fair market value of a position.
  • An example and template to create or update an effective Job Description.

Access the Toolkit

The main toolkit document is available as a read only Google Doc.

Access Supporting Documents

The toolkit includes the following supporting documents:

Job Analysis Questionnaire

The Job Analysis Questionnaire is a fillable Word Doc and is intended to serve as a guide for understanding a job and its key duties and responsibilities.

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Download the JAQ

Job Description 

Job descriptions play a critical role in communicating the value of a position. Access a job description example PDF and Word template below.

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Example (PDF)

Template (Word)


Recommended Reading

The titles below are available from the State Library's Library Science collection. Click the link below each title to go to the catalog, and submit a request in SILO for the book to be checked out and sent to your library via IA Shares.

What Every Library Director Should Know

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by Susan Carol Curzon

View in Catalog

Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library

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by Paula M. Singer & Laura L. Francisco

View in Catalog

Proving Your Library's Value: Persuasive, Organized and Memorable Messaging

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by Alan Fishel & Jillian Wentworth

View in Catalog

The Public Library Director's HR Toolkit

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by Kate Hall &
Kathy Parker

View in Catalog