GLENS FALLS -- The Crandall Public Library board of directors is preparing to search for a new library director.
“We anticipate at this point we’re talking about somewhere in the neighborhood of six months,” board Vice President Benjamin Pratt said at the board’s meeting on Wednesday.
Longtime director Christine McDonald retired Aug. 24.
Assistant Library Director Kathy Naftaly is temporarily serving as acting director.
The board on Wednesday voted to request proposals from consulting firms that specialize in the library employment search process.
“The decision about whether to use a consultant has not yet been made. We’ll probably make that decision either next month or the month after,” he said.
Pratt said that Sara Dallas, director of the Southern Adirondack Library System, “recommended strongly” that the board hire a consulting firm, which would have expertise in the library hiring process and knowledge of the workforce.
A consultant would have institutional knowledge of applicants who may have had a negative experience at past jobs, or who might be “serial applicants,” he said.
A consultant could help the board define what characteristics the board would like job candidates to have.
Pratt said there are at least three consulting firms that specialize in library employment searches.
“I think they’re fairly easy to find, but they’re quiet,” he said.
Requesting proposals will provide the board with an idea of what it would cost to hire a consultant.
“That’s going to be a big factor in whether we decide to do it,” Pratt said, referring to cost. “And then we’ll figure out how to pay for it, if we do it at all.”