ALA Director for Membership Development John Chrastka is preparing a search for a new Director of the Berwyn (IL) Public Library. He posed the following question to facebook users: "What is your best interview question for potential new library directors?" Responses were unusually creative and even entertaining...
Jaime Corris Hammond - One of your librarians has stolen one of your other librarians' pie. What do you do?
Rose Mungovan Hoffman - Why do you think YOU are the *best* candidate for the job?
Eric Odeen - A plane full of librarians crashes on the US-Canada border. Where do they bury the survivors?
Nick Buron - Putting aside how staff is allocated now, what is the best way to allocate your staff to serve the public.
John Amundsen - What is your favorite Replacements song? If they reply, "Bastards of Young," hire him or her immediately, on the spot.
Lori Reed - How do you balance the need for competing priorities in this economy where library budgets are being slashed?
and - Do you think it is beneficial for a director to work the circulation desk?
Daniel Kraus - "What kind of puppy are you going to give me?"
Janet Swan Hill - How soon can we put a masseuse on staff?
Liz Danforth - "Express your views on the comparative role of paraprofessionals and professionals."
Bruce Alan Wilson - How are you going to explain to the mayor and city council (or the county commission, or whatever body funds the library) why the library needs more money in these tough economic times?