For immediate release | March 24, 2014

LLAMA webinar explores rubrics for hiring and evaluation

CHICAGO — If you are looking for a fairer and more accurate way to select new hires or evaluate current employees, using rubrics may be just the tool you need. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Keeping it Fair: Using Rubrics in Hiring and Evaluations” from 1:30 – 3 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, April 23.

A rubric is a tool that delineates specific expectations for varying levels of competency. Commonly used in teaching situations for appraising research papers or projects and allocating grades, they also help compare potential candidates or existing staff against expectations. They can be used effectively in two situations related to human resources in libraries: evaluation of job candidates and annual performance reviews of existing professionals and paraprofessionals.

This presentation will introduce the topic of rubrics and describe best practices in their construction. We will outline their utility in reviewing job applicants equitably and then exemplify their use in unbiased performance reviews.

By the end of this webinar participants will:

  • learn the basic construction of rubrics;
  • learn how to apply rubrics in selecting employees;
  • gain knowledge of how to use rubrics in annual performance reviews.

Presenters: Sian Brannon, Ph.D., assistant dean for collection management, University of North Texas Libraries, Julie Leuzinger, department head, Eagle Commons Library, University of North Texas Libraries


LLAMA member: $49

Non-LLAMA member $59

LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199

Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online:

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland.

About the Library Leadership and Management Association

The Library Leadership and Management Association ( advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.


Fred Reuland

Program Officer, Continuing Education