JOB: Librarian, Contra Costa County Library, Multiple Cities


The Position

Contra Costa County encourages interested candidates to consider this exceptional career opportunity with one of the Bay Area’s most progressive and respected libraries.  Permanent full-time and part-time vacancies may be filled from the results of this examination. Initial assignments may be as a Youth Services Librarian, Adult/Teen Services Librarian, Collection Development Librarian, or Juvenile Hall Librarian.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating the following:

  • Partnering with community-based organizations and community groups to promote library services
  • Developing innovative programs to build literacy, further education, and foster a love of reading
  • Promoting our collections and reading through readers advisory, recommendation lists, blog entries, author talks, book discussions, and other innovative methods
  • Fostering digital literacy and providing age-appropriate technology instruction
  • Developing collections and the space itself, ensuring a safe and inviting area

Characteristics of the ideal candidate:

  • Passion for creating an environment that encourages patrons to follow their interests, discover new ones, learn from their peers, and embrace reading
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience providing customer and reference service
  • Ability to create and conduct innovative programs

To read the complete job description, please visit the website,  The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for one year.

Typical Tasks

  • Searches for subject information requested from community libraries
  • Conducts reference searches using a variety of database online and other search techniques
  • Provides general reference and reader’s advisory services to the public
  • Compiles book lists on various subjects
  • Prepares  bibliographic records for inclusion in library online resources
  • Checks bibliographic resources to locate publishing information and/or reviews
  • Searches bibliographic sources for locations of materials to be borrowed on inter-library loan
  • Checks published materials to ascertain facts required to order new books
  • Suggests the addition/deletion of books, reference materials, audio and video, electronic media and other library materials
  • Assists and advises patrons regarding the use of library materials and equipment, including automated catalog and internet software
  • Conducts outreach or on-site programs for various age groups
  • Explains library policies to patrons and staff
  • Recommends acquisition of equipment and policy and procedure revisions to improve patron service and efficiency
  • Maintains accurate records and files
  • Prepares reports, information materials and other written materials
  • May train and direct work of other paraprofessional and/or clerical support staff
  • May represent the library in meetings with the community or special interest groups; participates in Library committees and support projects
  • Directs the preparation of exhibits and displays suitable to the needs of the community, organizes and presents programs suitable to their subject/age specialization
  • Participates in continual assessment and weeding of collections, including analysis of use patterns, assessment of community needs and development of action plans to improve marketing of library materials

Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Candidates must possess and maintain throughout the duration of employment a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, from a school of librarianship accredited by the American Library Association.

Experience: Two (2) years experience in a customer oriented environment.

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