JOB: Per Diem Librarian, San Mateo Public Library, San Mateo


55 West 3rd Avenue San Mateo, 94402


CLOSE DATE: FRIDAY, May 31, 2019, 5:00 P.M. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications whichever occurs first.

THE POSITION: The San Mateo Public Library has one immediate opening for the position of per diem Librarian I in the Information and Adult/Teen Services Division. The library is looking for someone who embodies the City of San Mateo’s shared values of respect, creativity, inclusivity, transparency, and integrity to provide a wide variety of library support work.

Responsibilities include serving at the Library’s Information Desks at the Main Library and Branches; researching and responding to difficult or technical reference questions; advising and assisting Library patrons; demonstrating the use of on-line library catalogs, databases and other user aids; performing bibliographic searches using online and/or print resources; and performing other tasks as assigned such as assisting with programming.

This recruitment will also be used to replenish the Library’s on-call Librarian list. Librarians in the on-call role fill coverage gaps on the Library’s service desks at the Main Library and/or branches. 

Salary and Hours: $32.65 (Step 1); initial appointment is usually at the first step.  This is a regularly scheduled 15-hr per week position with a variety of weekday, evening, and alternating weekend hours and at least one Sunday shift approximately every two months. The schedule may change per the operational needs of the Library. This position is considered part time and offers limited benefits after working a specified number of hours.

QualificationsPossession of a Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited college or university is required; previous public library experience desirable but not required.  Successful Live Scan fingerprint background check.

KNOWLEDGE OF: Modern professional principles and practices of library science; modern procedures, methods, techniques and sources used in a library work; standard library technology, library automation, computers, software and library procedures; excellent customer service techniques and practices; resources and practices applicable to area of assignment.

ABILITY TO: Operate computerized cataloging and bibliographic databases; assist library patrons in response to reference and related library questions; implement and enforce Library and City policies and procedures; work well with the public; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of work; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; work shifts as assigned.

ADA Special RequirementEssential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: ability to work in a standard library environment; ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, twist, lift 40 pounds and push/pull 200 pounds.

CLOSE DATE:  FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications, whichever occurs first.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit an online application and resumé at

For more information, contact: Rukshana Singh, Supervising Librarian at 650-522-7804;

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