Librarian I/II

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Full Job Description

The Department:
The Santa Clara City Library is looking for forward-thinking and service-oriented librarians to join our team of talented professionals who strive to provide library services that are impactful, innovative, and responsive to the needs of the Santa Clara community.

The Position:
Librarian I/II – Adult Services
The Santa Clara City Library is in search of innovative, creative, and customer service-oriented individuals to fill a part-time position of Librarian I/II in Adult Services. This position provides impactful programs and responsive informational assistance to a diverse community. The ideal candidate has experience answering complex reference questions, planning forward-thinking programs, and is dedicated to assisting individuals using empathy and compassion.

This recruitment is for a part-time benefited position but may be used to fill multiple positions in this or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment. (Annual salary posted is calculated on full-time basis)

Typical Duties: Librarian I

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under direct supervision:

  • Performs professional librarian duties
  • Provides assistance to library patrons of all ages in location and use of library materials, resources, and facilities
  • Provides bibliographic instruction to library patrons
  • Facilitates access to library materials using a variety of print and electronic resources
  • Answers reference questions at all levels of complexity
  • Catalogs, classifies, and assigns subject headings to library materials using an on-line computerized cataloging system
  • Performs manual and computerized bibliographic searches
  • Performs reader’s advisory services
  • Plans and participates in library-sponsored children’s young adult, or adult programs
  • Prepares publicity, displays, and bibliographies
  • Attends related training, workshops, and conferences and participates in professional development activities
  • Conducts tours and classes
  • Operates audio visual equipment, such as the DVD projector system
  • Performs outreach to the community
  • Responsible for selection, de-selection and evaluation of library materials
  • Works productively as a team member and on task forces
  • Acts as lead librarian for a library program, facility, or branch in the absence of senior staff
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned

Librarian II

Under direction:

  • Performs professional librarian duties
  • Provides bibliographic instruction to library patrons
  • Facilitates access to library materials using a variety of print and electronic resources
  • Performs manual and computerized bibliographic searches
  • Provides assistance to library patrons of all ages in making effective use of library material, programs, resources and facilities
  • Provides reader’s advisory services
  • Plans and participates in library-sponsored children’s, young adult and adult programs
  • Prepares publicity and displays for library programs and events
  • Answers reference questions at all levels of complexity
  • May serve as a member of different library teams
  • Attends related training, workshops, and conferences and participates in professional development activities
  • Develops and provides subject expertise in accessing library materials and special collections
  • Analyzes library collections and assists in their development, maintenance, and preservation
  • Participates in researching and drafting of reference/information service policies and procedures
  • Participates in community, interagency, or local library system committees and meetings
  • Gathers data and prepares reports or special studies on library policies, procedures, or other assigned topics
  • Administers or carries out the terms of grants and/or other special projects
  • Directs professional, volunteer, paraprofessional, or page staff
  • Plans and implements children’s, young adult and adult programs
  • Responsible for selection, deselection, and evaluation of library materials
  • Acts as lead librarian for a library program, facility, or branch in the absence of senior staff
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications: EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Librarian I

  • Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an American Library Association accredited library school
  • No experience is required

Librarian II

  • Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an American Library Association accredited library school and
  • Two (2) years of recent increasingly responsible professional library experience performing duties similar to a Librarian I for the City of Santa Clara and
  • Experience providing reference service is required

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in supervising the work of others
  • Significant experience as a project or program lead

LICENSE

  • Possession of an appropriate, valid California Class C driver’s license is required at time of appointment and for the duration of employment.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment background check which may include employment verification, a DMV record check, a criminal history check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) fingerprinting. Any information obtained will be used to determine eligibility for employment in accordance with the law. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment, however, failure to disclose a conviction when required will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.
  • Must be able to perform all the essential functions of the job assignment
  • May be required to work evenings and weekends

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the examination process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to test. Candidates must attain a passing score on each phase of the examination process to qualify for the Eligible List. A department interview will be required prior to appointment.

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of Santa Clara will not sponsor, represent, or sign documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of:

Librarian I

  • Public library principles and practices
  • Literature, authors, subject genres, reference and research sources
  • Current trends in library service
  • Dewey Decimal classification
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Principles of intellectual freedom
  • Classification and cataloging systems
  • Role of computerized bibliographic databases
  • Collection development principles and techniques
  • Online bibliographic searching techniques
  • Reference interviewing techniques
  • Windows based operating systems and standard office software
  • Computer peripheral devices and audio-visual equipment
  • Standard online tools to promote library programs, services and collections
  • Computer software and equipment, mobile devices and e-readers
  • Library’s intranet and internet services, including library website, online resources and social networking activities

Librarian II

  • Public library principles and practices
  • Dewey Decimal classification
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Principles of intellectual freedom
  • Reference interviewing techniques
  • Collection development principles and techniques
  • Literature, authors subject genres, reference and research sources
  • Current trends in library service
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and scheduling
  • Budgeting principles
  • Policies, procedures, and functions of this library system
  • Windows based operating systems and standard office software
  • Computerized bibliographic databases
  • Online bibliographic searching techniques
  • Computer peripheral devices and audio-visual equipment
  • Standard online tools to promote library programs services and collections
  • Computer software and equipment, mobile devices and e-readers
  • Library’s intranet and internet services, including library website, online resources and social networking activities

Ability to:

Librarian I

  • Apply library policies and procedures
  • Arrange items in alphabetical and numerical order
  • Cross train and work occasionally in other library program areas
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive issues
  • Use computers and computer applications effectively
  • Work effectively independently and in groups
  • Organize work assignments
  • Establish job priorities
  • Plan, organize and carry out special assignments
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet strict deadlines
  • Use sound judgment
  • Communicate complex data both orally and in writing, including effective public speaking skills
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals
  • Interact positively with a wide variety of patrons in a busy environment
  • Walk or stand for extended periods of time
  • Lift and carry library materials weighing up to 25 lbs.
  • Perform physical tasks such as lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, carrying and walking up and down stairs

Librarian II

  • Apply library procedures and policies
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet strict deadlines
  • Plan, organize, and carry out special assignments
  • Cross train and work occasionally in other library program areas
  • Assign, train, coach, supervise and evaluate professional, paraprofessional and page staff
  • Use sound judgment
  • Work comfortably with current, standard computer operating systems
  • Use computers and computer applications effectively
  • Communicate complex data effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with those contacted in the course of work, including the general public
  • Interact positively with a wide variety of patrons in a busy environment
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others in the course of work
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive issues
  • Walk or stand for extended period of time
  • Lift and carry library materials weighing up to 25 lbs.
  • Perform physical tasks such as lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, carrying and walking up and down stairs

Additional Information:
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. Applications must be filled out completely (i.e. do not write “see resume or personnel file.”) To receive consideration for the screening process, candidates must submit Applications must be filled out completely (i.e. do not write “see resume or personnel file.”) To receive consideration for the screening process, candidates must submit a 1) Resume, 2) Supplemental Questions and 3) an optional Cover Letter. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application packets may be submitted online through the “Apply Now” feature on the job announcement at www.santaclaraca.gov. Applications must be submitted by the filing deadline of Thursday, December 23 at 4:00 PM.

The City of Santa Clara is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for all job openings will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful under any federal, state or local laws. The City of Santa Clara is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at (408) 615-2080 or HumanResources@santaclaraca.gov.