Librarian II

County of Santa Clara

Throughout Santa Clara County

Application Deadline

Apply By Apr 19th, 2019


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San Jose, CA


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Minimum Education

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Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Type of Library


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Job Description


Librarian II
An Equal Opportunity Employer
SALARY$34.27 - $41.49 Hourly    $2,741.76 - $3,319.12 Biweekly    $5,940.48 - $7,191.43 Monthly    $71,285.76 - $86,297.12 Annually

ISSUE DATE: 04/05/19

FINAL FILING DATE: 04/19/19. If the Final Filing Date states "Continuous", the application filing period may close any time after ten business days from the issue date of this job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Postmarks are not acceptable, therefore it is important to submit your application as soon as possible.


Under supervision, to perform professional library work.


  • Provides patrons library services including evaluating needs, assisting in locating books and materials and responding to inquiries;
  • Offers reader advisory services;
  • Informs patrons regarding library facilities, policies and procedures;
  • Participates in identifying the needs of the community;
  • Participates in evaluating current collection and selecting and discarding library materials, as well as ordering materials within prescribed budget;
  • Develops subject expertise;
  • Learns sources of information and locates specific information;
  • Answers reference questions;
  • Develops specialized library programs for specific patron groups;
  • Speaks at schools and to community groups regarding library programs and resources;
  • May conduct book talks and story times and perform puppet shows;
  • Designs displays and exhibits;
  • Participates in organizing the physical interior of the library;
  • Compiles bibliographies, book lists and other resource lists;
  • Communicates effectively in writing in responding to patron inquiries, preparing reports, or creating content for library blogs or website;
  • Provides outreach services to communities;
  • Familiarizes and trains library patrons in the use of digital materials; promotes reading and use of digital resources for all ages;
  • Assists and trains users to operate public equipment, connect to the internet, use library software applications, and access library services from remote locations;
  • Uses information discovery tools, including the library's catalog, core library databases, and internet search engines;
  • Performs basic troubleshooting of technical problems and resolves or appropriately refers those problems;
  • Accesses and uses basic assistive technologies, where appropriate, to ensure that all users have equitable access to technology;
  • May participate in supervising and training lower level staff and volunteers; may arrange employee work schedules;
  • Participates in District-wide committees, work teams, and projects;
  • Keeps abreast of professional trends and developments, including technology;
  • Participates in professional organizations and attends workshops and meetings;
  • Compiles selection aid book lists for use in community libraries;
  • Interprets cataloging and classification rules and practices for other staff;
  • Conducts original cataloging as needed;
  • May supervise work flow of the technical services unit;
  • May assist in providing information to information systems staff and/or vendors to achieve compatibility with Santa Clara County Library computer systems;
  • Consults with publishers' representatives concerning acquisition problems and programs;
  • Participates in needs assessment and in establishing or modifying procedures for acquisitions, cataloging and/or processing;
  • May have in-charge responsibility for the library and for resolving routine operating problems, in the absence of a Supervising Librarian or Community Librarian;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Possession of a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or its recognized equivalent from a library school accredited by the American Library Association
 Nine (9) months of professional full-time library experience at a level comparable to Librarian I with Santa Clara County Library. Possession of a valid California Drivers License prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County Drivers Permit.

Knowledge of:

  • Library tools, methods and procedures;
  • A wide variety of reading material;
  • Library reference materials;
  • Principles and procedures of reference used to locate specific topics;
  • Classification and cataloging systems and principles;
  • Planning, organizing and implementing children's, adult and young adult programs to meet patron needs;
  • Basic computer operations needed to access library networks, applications, software, and productivity tools;
  • Digital devices such as personal computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and eBook readers used by patrons to access library services;
  • Common office software applications such as email, word processing and internet browser;
  • Principles and techniques of book selection and evaluation to establish balanced library collections;
  • Library services, programs and policies which serve the community;
  • Principles of supervision;
  • Monitoring budgets;
  • Effective training techniques.

Ability to:

  • Serve a wide variety of individuals to promote library programs and meet the needs of library patrons;
  • Be sensitive to diversity, including, but not limited to, cultural, racial, economic, and ethnic diversity;
  • Advise and instruct patrons in the use of library facilities and reference tools;
  • Use library tools effectively;
  • Analyze and interpret statistics;
  • Operate library equipment, such as computers and use related software applications and databases;
  • Analyze community needs and make recommendations to meet those needs;
  • Communicate orally and write effectively;
  • Reason logically to define problems, collect and process data and reach valid conclusions in solving reference problems and in developing programs and procedures;
  • Classify and catalog books and other materials;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Recommend library materials for purchase using library selection techniques.

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received a discharge of other than dishonorable, from the armed forces showing service in any branch of the United States military will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination, as applicable by Memorandum of Understanding.

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS: The examination process may include one or more of the following: application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination.

This recruitment may require completion of Supplemental Questions in order to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge and abilities for the position you are applying for.

Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria. Your answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation has begun.

*New Hires shall be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.

DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: Under California law, all County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers (DSW). In the event of a catastrophic event, County employees may be expected to fulfill emergency action assignments. As DSW's, they may be assigned to assist in any disaster service activity that promotes the protection of public health and safety and preservation of lives and property.

INFORMATION ON PERS CONTRIBUTION: For new members, salaries above a limitation imposed by federal law (that limit per IRS is $121,388 for 2018): (1) neither the County nor the employee makes contributions to PERS on the portion of salary that exceeds the limit, and (2) the portion of the salary that exceeds the limit is not used by PERS to calculate the retirement benefit. If you were a member prior to January 1, 2013, the limit is $275,000 for 2018.

70 W. Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110 EXAM #19-J63-A

Posted Apr 9, 2019