Job Listing: Librarian I -Selective Certification – Youth Services. (Oakland)

Librarian I (Selective Certification – Youth Services)
SALARY: $36.32 – $44.61 Hourly
$70,824.00 – $86,989.50 Annually

OPENING DATE: 02/08/21 
CLOSING DATE: 02/26/21 11:59 PM 
Due to current events and the statewide shelter-in-place order, all exam dates and locations are tentative.  City facilities are currently closed to the public.  Applicants will be notified as further information becomes available.  Applicants should also check their email on a regular basis for updates.

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill three Librarian I (Selective Certification – Youth Services) vacancies within the Oakland Public Library.  The Librarian I position performs a variety of routine professional duties in the operation of City of Oakland library services, including general reference, readers advisory, materials selection and programming.  The current vacancies will require specialized experience in Youth Services. The positions are responsible for providing youth services; conducting library and research orientations; and providing outreach to neighborhood schools and youth groups.  

The ideal candidate will value children and teens, and understand the public library’s unique role in supporting them. They will leverage their experience in working with diverse youth and families in an urban setting; have excellent problem-solving, multi-tasking and organizational skills; and will provide excellent customer service and establish cooperative working relationships with staff, library patrons and the community.

This classification in the librarian series is responsible for basic and routine librarian duties including reference, technical and public services. The Librarian I may be assigned to all areas of the library system which include service to specialized populations such as non-English speaking and youth, technical service, reference, collection development or branch operations. Receives general supervision from Senior Librarian or Supervising Librarian. May receive lead direction from Librarian II. May provide direction to paraprofessionals or clerical staff.

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

Selective Certification (Youth Services)
This recruitment is being announced in accordance with Section 5.03 of the Civil Service Rules.  The eligible list generated from this announcement will only be used to fill Librarian I positions specialized in Youth Services, including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable, and may be used to fill future vacancies with the same Selective Certification.  

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   Working for the City of Oakland EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:For General Librarian I Positions:Conduct reference interview with patrons to determine inquiry needs; provide reference and reading guidance to youth and adults, including locating, selecting and using materials; address special research needs.Direct and train subordinate staff including volunteers.Manage materials budget.Read and evaluate professional reviews of books, magazines, video/film, music, or other materials for additions to library collections.Identify, select and order appropriate reference materials, other books and resources for adults and youth.Analyze circulation, book loss or trends; withdraw worn, dated and/or damaged materials from the collection.Assist the Librarian-in-charge of a special library service such as Cataloging, Branch Services Department, Youth Room, Teen Zone, or Outreach Development. Utilize and contribute to the maintenance of on-line bibliographic data base.Train, direct and provide on-the-job training to subordinate staff.Present teen, adult or children’s programs on specific subjects.Read aloud and tell stories.Represent library at community events.Monitor facility needs.Explain library policies and procedures to public and agencies.Assist in the preparation of report statistics.Prepare oral and written reports.Draft and prepare library publicity.Perform related duties as assigned.
For Selectively Certified Positions in Youth Services:Develop programs and activities to engage children ages 0-18 and their caregivers.Manage a collection of books and other materials for children 0-18 years.Conduct library and research orientation to visiting K-12 classes.Provide outreach to neighborhood schools and groups that serve youth.Provide reader’s advisory for youth.Provide high interest programming to a specific group (i.e. conduct story time for children ages 0-5 or teens). MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION:Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.
Education: A Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited graduate program. Job training and/or special courses in library needs of the community, specialized areas of library services or technical areas are desirable.For this selectively certified vacancy the following special education requirements are preferred: A Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited graduate program, and successful completion of two (2) MLIS courses with the word “children”, “teen”, or “youth” in the course title, or otherwise indicating academics in children or teen services to users 0-18 years.  
 One year of full-time work experience in children’s or teen services in a library, classroom, day/summer camp, daycare, preschool, or similar work environment may be substituted for the two (2) MLIS courses.
Experience: None required.
 License or Certificate / Other Requirements:
**Required at the time of application:  Applicants MUST submit verification of their MLS/MLIS degree and successful completion of two (2) MLIS courses with the word “children”, “teen”, or “youth” in the course title, or otherwise indicating academics in children or teen services to users 0-18 years as attachments to their online application.  Acceptable forms of verification are a copy of the diploma and/or transcript(s).  Applications without the required documents will be considered incomplete. Please be sure to scan and attach the required documents to your online application. 
 Possession of a valid 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.
For General Librarian I Positions:Knowledge of:Standard reference sources, including general references, trade and national bibliographic references, catalogs and indexes.Library organization; principles of program planning.Public contact skills.Written and oral communication skills.Principles of library materials selection, classification and cataloging; automated library functions and filing systems.Ability to:Analyze program and books needs of the public; recommend books, other materials and program content; assist readers with research and reader’s advisory questions.Prepare library materials, programs and exhibits and displays.Prepare written and oral reports.Classify and catalog routine materials.Communicate effectively in both oral and written form.Assist in assigning, delegating and coordinating work.Follow oral and written directions.Lift up to thirty pounds in certain assignments.Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
For Selectively Certified Positions in Youth Services:Knowledge of:Knowledge of public contact skills and community outreach techniques for youth.Ability to:Ability to communicate effectively with children ages 0-18.Ability to manage a collection of books and other materials for children and/or teens.Ability to develop programs and activities to engage children ages 0-18 and their caregivers. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:The Selection Process
 Stage I: The first stage in the selection process will consist of a review of each applicant’s employment application, copy of diploma and/or college transcripts, and supplemental questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail). Be sure to scan and attach a copy of your diploma and/or college transcripts to your on-line application.  Applications submitted without all required materials will not be given further consideration. 

Stage II: The second stage will consist of subject matter experts evaluating and rating the completed supplemental questionnaires.  Applicant responses to the supplemental questions must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section of this announcement.  The evaluation of supplemental questions may be weighted 100% of an applicant score (before residency, seniority and/or veteran points, if applicable) and may determine rank on the eligible list.  If a sufficient number of quality application packets are received, the supplemental screening may be followed by a third stage and the most qualified applicants will be invited to the next stage. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to Stage III.

Stage III: The third stage may consist of an oral examination that may be preceded by a brief written exercise (weighted 100%) that will test the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section.

The ranked eligible list may be developed directly from the supplemental screening OR the results of Stage III. Candidates must earn a scale score of 70 in this examination process to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration.  

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration and will be removed from the eligible list.  

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.
 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.).  Due to current events and the statewide shelter-in-place order, City facilities may be closed to the public.

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. Date of Examination:
Tentatively Scheduled for end of March 2021.

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.
Immigration and Reform Control Act: In compliance with the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 the City of Oakland will only hire individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States.Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Oakland will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than five working days after the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Department of Human Resources Management, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612-2019 or call (510) 238-3112 or TDD (510) 238-3254.
The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.

150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza – 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-3112