Community Librarian

Santa Clara County Library

Saratoga Library + others

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$40.42 to $49.13 per Hour   Calculate


Los Gatos, CA





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience

Not Specified

Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description

Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the community library; Analyzes diverse and changing community interests and acts to ensure that all library collections and services are relevant, current and easily accessible to the community; Formulates short term and long range plans for library services in diverse communities; Analyzes library use and staffing and evaluates library services to ensure best use of resources; Initiates changes in collections, services and physical organization of the library’s interior to meet evolving community needs; Develops and enhances library services based on individual community needs and current technology; Establishes, interprets and implements policies and procedures for the community library staff and patrons; Directs and coordinates a large, diverse staff, which include, management, professional and clerical employees; Selects, trains and evaluates supervisors of professional and clerical staff; Utilizes effective management and supervision techniques, develops goals and standards for, and participates in the training of library staff; Researches, gathers and analyzes information; prepares various reports; Represents, participates and provides input regarding the Community Library at various meetings; Manages and implements building security in coordination with local public safety agencies; Oversees building maintenance; Advises and consults with outside library fundraising groups in their budgeting process; Creates grant proposals and directs the implementation of grants received; Serves as the Community Library contact to vendors and contractors for library renovation or new construction, including needs assessment, building program, design development documents and plan checks; Prepares and makes presentations to local service and community groups regarding library services; Establishes and maintains cooperative relations with government agencies and services as the library contact for City and County departments and outside agencies; Conducts regular meetings with Library supervisors to ensure effective communication and community service; Analyzes County Library budget to determine annual personnel, materials and facilities allocated and monitors expenditures; Prepares and submits annual budget estimates; Participates in professional organizations, including professional conferences and workshops; Keeps apprised of current issues and trends in libraries, management and technology; Performs related duties as required.

Additional Info & Requirements

Santa Clara County Library invites applications for the position of Community Librarian. Community Librarians plan, organize, direct and control activities and operations of a Community Library in one of the cities served by the Santa Clara County Library System. Santa Clara County Library is one of the most used and well funded library systems in the country. The Library is one of eleven libraries nationwide to be included in the top ten libraries in its population category in every published edition of Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings Survey. The Library includes seven community libraries and one branch in addition to administrative offices, bookmobile service and a literacy program. Serving a population of 427,000 residents in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Library circulates over 11.3 million items per year to 3.5 million visitors. The $33 million annual budget includes over $4 million for materials. For more information about Santa Clara County Library, please visit In addition to responsibilities to manage an individual Community Library, Community Librarians also play a key role in forming connections between the community and the Library, as well as participating on the management team for the Santa Clara County Library. SCCL is embarking on an ambitious strategic plan to increase use by the residents of the service area through development of more convenient and relevant services, increased marketing to heighten community awareness of those services, and a focus on enhancing the Library’s role as a trusted source of information and resources. Employment Standards: • Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library Science from a school of librarianship accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Possession of a valid California driver’s license prior to appointment. • Minimum of three (3) years of professional library experience in a capacity comparable to a Supervising Librarian in Santa Clara County and possession of following knowledge and abilities: Knowledge of: • Principles of effective personnel management and training and customer services techniques; • Principles and techniques involved in the operation and administration of library programs, collections and services and their relation to community needs; • Library methods, procedures, and technology; • Tools and techniques for assessing community needs; • Ethical management of intellectual freedom as it pertains to community libraries; • Content and development of a balanced library collection, including print, media and electronic books, internet access and emerging technologies, effective methods to recognize and respond to the cultural diversity of the community. Ability to: • Formulate and implement effective and efficient library policies and procedures; • Effectively manage, train, develop and motivate professional and non-professional staff; • Organize and manage the day-to-day operations of a community library; • Advise and instruct patrons in the use of library facilities; interact effectively with people of diverse backgrounds; • Resolve and/or answer difficult policy, procedural or reference questions; analyze community needs and recommend specific plans for modifying or extending library services; • Logically define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; • Consult and advise executive management on the activities and status of assigned Community Library; • Develop short and long range budget plans that reflect the Community Library needs; • Write and speak effectively; • Prepare and review reports; • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

HR Info

For more details about the duties and benefits associated with the position, as well as an online application form, please visit: All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire. Applications received without the completion of the supplemental questionnaire will be rejected. Community Librarian Supplemental Questionnaire 1. Please describe your major professional accomplishments and achievements over the past ten (10) years. 2. Please describe your experience working with community organizations (commissions, schools, service organizations, etc). 3. Please describe a situation in which you played a lead role in a major initiative, project or organizational change.

Posted Dec 14, 2009