What Does it Cost to Hire New Employees?

Here are some surprising statistics. The data in the chart below was collected from the 2016 SHRM Human Capital Benchmarking Survey.


Number of respondents Median Average
Time-to-fill 1,192 30 days 42 days
Cost-per-hire 864 $2,000 $4,129


There are potentially high costs in recruiting alone such as advertisement, time cost of internal recruiter, time cost in reviewing resumes and performing other recruitment-related tasks, time cost of the person conducting the interviews, reference checks, CORI checks, and processing onboarding paperwork.

To make matters worse The NFIB Research Foundation found that 85% of small businesses looking to fill open positions found no applicants. (NFIB)

Glassdoor says, “The interview processes in America have grown by 3.3 to 3.7 days since 2009. Today it stands at 22.9 days on average”.

Considering all that time and money, the benefits of using BiblioTemps® staffing agency become clear. We have a candidate pool of over 750 qualified candidates across the state. All our recruits have a library background and current library experience and most have an MLS degree. BiblioTemps® personnel have flexible schedules and are eager to take on new responsibilities. We have a network of library workers outside our candidate pool to draw on as well. BiblioTemps® is reasonably priced. We offer conveniences such as screening all our candidates, reference checks, and we process all the payroll and hiring paperwork. With few exceptions, library roles are filled in two weeks or less. We can find your next permanent employee when you take advantage of our temp-to-hire or direct hire services or we can provide a temporary worker for small or short-term jobs. Don’t exhaust your valuable time and money searching, screening, interviewing and vetting when BiblioTemps® can do it for you! Contact us to find out how BiblioTemps® is your Staffing Solution!

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New MLS Partnership

MLS has begun an exciting partnership with Harvard University’s Democratic Knowledge Project. The partnership began after Dr. Danielle Allen spoke at the MLS 2017 Teen Summit as our opening keynote. April and Christi have been working with Dr. Allen and post-doctoral fellow, Chaebong Nam, on their IMLS grant proposal, “Young Changemakers in the 21st Century Library”. The grant funding would provide training to library staff to support the civic engagement of youth in Massachusetts. The partnership will focus on professional development, knowledge creation and sharing, and assessment strategies for new civics in library settings. A pilot workshop of “Young Changemakers in the 21st Century Library” was recently held at the Marlborough office with 12 attendees representing school, public and academic libraries from around the state. The workshop introduced the reflection-action framework, known as “The Ten Questions for Young Changemakers,” which was drawn from multiyear research conducted by the MacArthur Foundation’s Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network. The Ten Questions Framework serves as a set of ethical guidelines that young people can count on to meet challenges and derive benefits from the new media environment. Visit https://yppactionframe.fas.harvard.edu/home to access the Ten Questions and resources including a teaching guide, downloadable mini-posters and instructional videos.

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STEAM + Library Hacks = Library Programs!

Book Hacks: recycled books with bookpage folding, treasure boxes, and ingenius journals

I attended two excellent workshops offered by MLS over the Fall, Get STEAMed: The How and Why of Adding STEAM to Your Library and Run with Scissors: Library Hacks and Creative Problem-Solving for You and Your Patrons. The presenters for these workshops, Christi and April, provided new inspiration for adult programs in my library. I created a three class series on Book Hacks in which we recycled books with bookpage folding, creating treasure boxes and ingenius journals. It was low cost, earth friendly, and most importantly creative which our patrons always enjoy. We talked about being hackers and hacks as we problem-solved our way through the projects. This spring we hosted a professional improv group, the Providence Improv Guild (PIG) at the library for one of the most original and enjoyable programs to my memory.

Michelle Gario

Michelle Gario

Thank you MLS staff for your spirit of fun and creativity and the the impact you’ve made on me and the patrons in my library.

Contributed by Michelle Gario, Senior Librarian, Adult Services at the Seekonk Public Library

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Announcing Project SET Class of 2018

Congratulations to the newest cohort of Project SET participants.

Name Library
Alyson Cox Marlborough High School
Andrew Meger Peabody Institute Library, Danvers
Benjamin Phinney Seekonk Public Library
Elizabeth Teoli Northern Essex Community College – Bentley Library
Eva Thaler-Sroussi Needham Free Public Library
Heather O’Leary Ames Free Library
Julie O’Brien Apponequet Regional High School
Liz Cashman Westfield Athenaeum
Quincy Knapp Wellesley Free Library
Rhonda Cunha Stevens Memorial Library, North Andover
Supriya Bhat Chelmsford Public Library
Weronika Zawora Regis College


Project SET (Skills, Empowerment, Talent) is a learning community established to cultivate new talent amongst the Massachusetts library community and to provide support and encouragement to build participants confidence and strengthen their career paths. Project participants will engage in activities and discussions designed to develop their leadership skills as a trainer in the library community.

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Bringing your patrons treasure: inside and outside the library

Libraries are used to helping patrons find treasures on their shelves, but did you know there are local libraries helping patrons find treasure outside of their walls?

Treasure hunting is a popular summer activity, especially for communities near beaches. In response to this demand, local libraries in Massachusetts have added metal detectors to their collections. If you’re considering getting a metal detector for your library, you’ll be interested in the tips they’ve picked up.

Cost is not much of an issue: the average metal detector costs less than $100, and the advantage of integrating with summer programs and meeting community needs has far outweighed the cost for the libraries currently participating. What most libraries have struggled with is how to package the detectors, how to decide on restrictions, and how to protect against damage. Continue reading

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