Undoubtedly, the single most important decision that the library board will make is the employment of the library director.

A good library director will make the work of the board both easier and at the same time more exciting. A good director will handle all the procedural problems of the library, so board members will be able to concentrate on long-term goals and policies of the library.

Failure to find and retain a good director, however, will create the most painful situation the board can face. Having an unskilled library director will create problems in the day-to-day operations of the library. It can cause resentment on the part of other staff members. And, most importantly, it can damage the library's relationship with its patrons. Ultimately, it may force the board to make a painful decision about whether the director should be retained or terminated.



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