Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$63,128.00 - $86,008.00 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
County Library
Job Number
10/18/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on October 11, 2018 to extend the closing date. Final Closing Date will be October 18, 2018.

Do you want to be a part of an award-winning team and work with amazing people? Are you someone who can make a difference through diverse outreach, helping create a literate and informed community, provide amazing customer service, and participate in exciting programming? If you answered "yes," consider meeting us and joining our team! We respect, value, and celebrate diversity, and bilingual skills are always a plus.

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.

The eligible list generated by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout San Mateo County Libraries, which includes locations in Atherton, Brisbane, Belmont, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, East Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Millbrae, Woodside, Pacifica, San Mateo, and San Carlos. The current vacancy is located in Foster City.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to:
  • Seek out opportunities to inspire with friendly customer service and actively provide opportunities for discovery, enrichment, and uplifting the community.
  • Model exemplary customer care in all interactions--including in person, at a program, at outreach events, helping with library card or circulation issues, address suggestions for improvements, or otherwise ensure that our library users are uniformly welcomed as we ignite growth through transformative experiences.
  • Visualize, plan and deliver, assess, provide training on, and improve innovative library services that strengthen the community and have measurable results, both inside and outside of our buildings.
  • Show enthusiasm and initiative around taking responsibility for piloting 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 meaningful library programs and services, helping San Mateo County Libraries inspire kids and families from every background, strengthening who we are as a whole.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment and contribute to system-wide projects, task forces and committees.
  • Establish and strengthen cooperative working relationships with community members, various community services providers, and library staff.
  • Skillfully use and trouble-shoot emerging technology as a tool to enhance effectiveness, innovation, and efficiency.
  • Take initiative to collaborate and team with others to share strengths across the organization.
  • Have some understanding of theories of infant, child, and adolescent, and adult learning, literacy and brain development, and their implications for public library service.
  • Thrive in initiating interactions, starting conversations, and marketing the library to the community, one person at a time.
  • Exhibit leadership skills and enhance our collaborative, friendly, caring, optimistic work culture.
  • Possess a growth mindset and be courageous in trying new strategies, taking risks, and continuously learning.
  • Assist in the recruitment, training, coaching, and management of volunteers.
  • Communicate inclusively and cultural sensitivity and be approachable in verbal, written, and non-verbal communications.

Additional skills and abilities include:
  • Provide services to the community for all age ranges.
  • Plan, schedule, coordinate, promote, and carry out programming and outreach, including special events, classes/workshops, story times, school visits, public speaking, etc.
  • 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.

Because of the diversity of the communities we serve, bilingual language skills are preferred (but not required) for this position. Specifically, we seek applicants with the ability to read, write, and speak fluently in English and another language. Fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish is preferred.

The San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) 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, a service area with approximately 279,000 residents, 65% of whom have library cards. The 2.2 million visitors to SMCL libraries last year checked out more than 3.2 million materials and accessed public computers for more than 230,000 hours. Annually, over 12,000 programs and activities are provided to more than 329,000 children, teens, and adults. From book clubs to bike clinics, video game design to resume workshops, salsa tastings to Mid-Autumn Festivals, San Mateo County Libraries provides a variety of exciting library programs and events for our diverse communities.  For more information about San Mateo County Libraries, please visit

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.


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.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term 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: October 18, 2018 at 11:59PM
Application Screening (Tentative):  October 22-23, 2018
Panel Interview (Tentative): November 13, 14 and/or 15, 2018

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.

The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Analyst: Christina Chan (092818) (Librarian I/II - K001/K002)

Application Instructions

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