JOB: Librarian II, Oakland Public Library


The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill one Librarian II vacancy, and potential future vacancies, within the Oakland Public Library.  Come work for a library system that values the trust of its community, and the diverse experiences that its staff bring to our collaborative work. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with diverse populations in an urban setting; will have excellent problem-solving, multi-tasking and organizational skills; and will establish cooperative working relationships with staff, library patrons and the community.

Under general direction, incumbents perform a variety of professional duties in the operation of City of Oakland library services, including program planning, reference and readers advisory, material selection; and provide lead direction to assigned staff.

This is a public contact position.  Although no current vacancies require a specific language, the eligible list may be used to fill future vacancies that may require bilingual skills.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that occur within the City including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable.

How to Apply
Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least two to three hours to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at:
If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also work stations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Work stations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

Our on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov’s Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday – Friday.

You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.

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Examples of Duties

  • Conduct reference interview with patrons to determine inquiry needs; provide reference and reading guidance to children and adults, including the location, selection and use of materials; address special research needs.
  • Conduct training and supervise subordinate staff; write performance evaluations.
  • Manage materials budget.
  • Read and evaluate professional reviews of books, magazines, video cassettes or other materials for additions to library collection.
  • Analyze circulation, book loss or registration trends; withdraw worn, dated and/or damaged materials from the collection.
  • Identify, select and order appropriate reference materials, books and resources for adults and children.
  • Assist the Senior Librarian of a special library service such as Cataloging, Branch Office, Youth Room, regional hub branch library or other major unit.
  • Utilize and contribute to the maintenance of accurate on-line bibliographic data base; conduct on-line data base search as needed.
  • Classify and catalog library materials.
  • Answer questions; explain policies and procedures; address complaints from public and agencies.
  • May oversee the daily operations of a library facility.
  • Represent library at community meetings and events.
  • Present adult or children’s programs on specific subjects.
  • Prepare oral and written reports.
  • Monitor facilities and equipment maintenance and safety.
  • Follow oral and written directions.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements for Application

A Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited graduate program.
One year of experience comparable to the Librarian I position in the City of Oakland.

License or Certificate / Other Requirements: 

Possession of a California Driver’s License will be required if assigned to drive the Bookmobile.

Proficiency in a foreign language or special skills as a children’s librarian may be required.