Job: Librarian I/II (Open and Promotional)

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Job Title:Librarian I/II (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 07/07/16 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$28.61 - $38.98 Hourly
$2,288.80 - $3,118.40 Biweekly
$4,959.07 - $6,756.53 Monthly
$59,508.80 - $81,078.40 Annually
Job Type:Regular
Location:San Mateo County, California

Apply for a Librarian position with San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) and join us in igniting growth through transformative experiences.

San Mateo County Libraries are an invaluable community resource, an amazing family, a springboard for opportunities. And our staff are what makes it so special. We're champions of learning, sharing, and exploration -- of open minds, new ideas, and bright futures. It's our mission and our passion to strengthen our community by creating an inclusive sense of place and an environment for learning. We seek enthusiastic team players, creative risk takers, and flexible individuals who proactively search for new opportunities to make public library services relevant to all members of the community. Join the San Mateo County Libraries team and become a champion of what libraries can be and do in their communities.

There are currently 4 permanent Librarian I/II vacancies within the following:
  • Systems Librarian in Access Services department
  • Selection Librarian in Access Services department
  • Community Services Librarian at the Pacifica Library
  • Children's Services Librarian at the San Carlos Library
The ideal candidate will have the ability to:
  • Provide excellent customer service to patrons of any age
  • Visualize, plan and deliver non-traditional and innovative library services that benefit the needs of the community, both inside and outside of our buildings
  • Take responsibility for a specific program area either working out of a library or administration offices, while maintaining the flexibility to work in a variety of different capacities depending on evolving community needs
  • Bring an innovative, creative approach to library programs and services, helping San Mateo County Libraries provide surprising and delightful experiences to our communities
  • Plan, develop and implement trainings for coworkers based on library priorities
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and contribute to systemwide projects, task forces and committees
  • Establish cooperative working relationships with community members, various community services providers, and library staff
  • Use technology as a tool, staying on top of new technology trends
  • Take initiative, working independently and with others
  • Exhibit leadership skills, and work in a collaborative, fun environment
  • Assist in the recruitment, training and management of volunteers
  • Assist patrons with circulation activities
  • Provide operational support in resolving patron complaints and in troubleshooting technology
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Additional skills and abilities specific to the current open positions include:
  • Systems Librarian
    • Professional knowledge and technical background with Millennium/Sierra, including the ability to generate reports, create scripts, etc.
    • Professional understanding and knowledge of cataloging procedures and principles including but not limited to: AACR2, RDA, LCRI, LCPS, LC classification, LCSH, MARC bibliographic and authority formats
    • Leadership and continuing implementation of San Mateo County Libraries' word-based classification system, Findit!
    • Maintaining an awareness of developments in general cataloging issues and standards, metadata standards, and librarianship in working with print, serials, digital, e-materials and evolving formats
    • Work in a public services capacity as needed
    • Fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese, or other Asian Language is specifically preferred for this position
  • Selection Librarian
    • Selecting new materials for San Mateo County Libraries in all formats, for all ages and in multiple languages
    • Analyzing collection needs using a data-driven approach
    • Deselecting materials and supporting public services staff in collection management activities
    • Work in a public services capacity as needed
    • Fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese, or other Asian Language is preferred for this position
  • Community Services Librarian
    • Oversee services to teens and adults in two small libraries
    • Plan, schedule, coordinate and carry out programming and outreach, including special events, classes/workshops, public speaking, etc.
    • Fluency in Spanish is preferred for this position
  • Children's Services Librarian I/II
    • Oversee all services to children in a busy public library
    • Plan, schedule, coordinate and carry out programming and outreach, including school visits, special events, story times, classes/workshops, public speaking, etc.
    • Engage patrons in valuing early learning and in building early literacy skills
    • Support coworkers in providing excellent services to children
    • Fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish is preferred for this position
Because of the diversity of the communities we serve, bilingual language skills are preferred (but not required) for all these positions. Specifically, we seek applicants with the ability to read, write and speak fluently in English and another language.

San Mateo County Libraries is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. San Mateo County Libraries is a high performing organization. Named a four-star library by Library Journal for the eighth consecutive year, SMCL ranked 2nd in California among similar peer libraries. SMCL is committed to providing quality public service. To achieve this we value diversity among staff and encourage each employee to take personal responsibility and make individual contributions. In addition to a broad range of digital content and services the Library includes twelve community libraries, bookmobile service and a literacy program. Serving a population of 270,000 residents, SMCL circulated over 3.7 million items to 2.2 million visitors last year. For more information about San Mateo County Libraries, please visit Mateo County Libraries

Note: The hiring list created from this recruitment will be used to fill several extra-help vacancies and could be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited-term, and extra-help positions. If you are interested in employment in the classification of Librarian I/II, you should apply to ensure you are considered for future opportunities that may utilize the eligible hiring list created by this recruitment.
Education: Master of Library Science or recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university is required.

Knowledge of:
  • Library purposes, organization, techniques and procedures
  • Principles of library materials selection
  • In-depth reference and bibliographic resources
  • Library classification, cataloging and filing systems
  • Current general and/or children's literature
  • A specialized program area
  • Supervisory principles and practices
  • Composition of the community and its needs
  • General practices and uses of computers and computer information systems
  • Automated library functions
  • Peninsula Library System and related policies and procedures
Skill/Ability to:
  • Plan and supervise the work of staff
  • Train staff in specialized areas
  • Develop library programs/projects
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff, the public and community groups
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Instruct others in the use of library materials
  • Conduct individual user needs assessments
Language Skills: Bilingual language skills, specifically English/Spanish and/or English/Chinese (Cantonese and/or Mandarin) are preferred but not required.

Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help, or temporary position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

Based solely on the information provided in the application materials, an application screening committee will select those applicants whose education, training and experience most closely matches the needs of the department. Those selected will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Final Filing Date: July 7, 2016 at 11:59PM
Application Screening (Tentative): July 19, 2016
Panel Interview (Tentative): August 3 and/or 4, 2016

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the time frame will disqualify you from the rest of the process. Please visit to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Christina Chan (062416) (Librarian I/II – K001/K002)

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