Library turnover study finished |

Library turnover study finished

An employee turnover consultant has made nine recommendations to improve operations at the Moffat County Libraries.

Members of the library’s Board of Trustees said that most, if not all, of the consultant’s recommendations have been implemented during the past two years.

But the board says it still plans to review the recommendations every three months for the next year. Library Trustee Jeff Foster said following up on the recommendations is im-portant.

“It’s at the forefront of everybody’s thoughts, and when we come back to it, we can say it has been implemented,” Trustee Lynda Becker said.

The Library Board funded the survey after the previous Moffat County Commissioner Board raised concerns about the number of employees who were fired or quit working at the library.

The study did not try to determine why employees were fired or quit. Rather, it told board members what they needed to do to improve operations, Foster said.

The library paid $6,000 for Public Sector Personnel Consultants of Arizona to conduct the study. A Public Sector representative presented the recommendations to the Library Board during a closed meeting earlier this month. The board approved the study at that meeting, and the study is a public record on file at the library.

Public Sector made the following recommendations to the library:

Conduct frequent evaluations of the library director, emphasizing professional development for employees and creating effective working relationships. The board should hold the library director accountable for her actions, and she should communicate openly with the board, the commissioners and county administration.

Conduct an analysis of training needs to determine the skills employees need for the successful performance of their duties.

Develop a policy to review employee evaluations, which will be prepared by the director.

Conduct unbiased investigations of all employee terminations.

Become more accessible to library employees and develop an avenue of communications with them.

Require all employee complaints to follow a chain of command.

The library director should develop a public relations policy with the local media to promote the programs and resources available at the library.

The library director and board should develop an effective working relationship with the county commissioners.

Develop and implement a secure system to accurately record terminations, resignations and other personnel information.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or

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