Job Position: Librarian (San Leandro)

Salary $5,927.00 – $7,204.00 Monthly

Location San Leandro California, CA

Job Type Full-Time

Department Library Department

Job Number 2022-13

Closing 3/16/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

The Position

Employment Lists shall remain in effect for one year, unless terminated or exhausted.   The Employment List generated from this recruitment may be utilized to fill future vacancies while the List remains active.  

The Library Services Department is responsible for providing professional library services to meet the educational, cultural, and information needs of the residents of San Leandro. Additionally, it assists in maintaining the City’s historical heritage as well as promoting cultural arts through community programming that reflects San Leandro’s rich cultural diversity.  The Department is responsible for the operation of the Main Library, including meeting rooms, Project Literacy, the Bookmark Cafe, San Leandro History Museum, Casa Peralta, and three neighborhood branch libraries. The San Leandro Public Library is looking for an energetic and innovative individual to fill the position of Librarian for our Youth Services Division. The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, plus experience working with children and families in a library and/or school environment. Key responsibilities include school outreach and delivery of programs/services to teachers and school-age children, including building relationships with local elementary schools; assisting with collection development and reader’s advisory; and helping with family engagement and outreach activities. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish are encouraged to apply.

Position Definition: Performs professional librarian work in the public library; maintains the library collections; technical processes and reference activities; supervises operations of neighborhood branch libraries; plans and promotes children, student, and adult activities of the library; performs related work as required.

Supervision Exercised and Received: Oversees the work of para-professionals and volunteers and provides input regarding work schedules, work activities and training. Receives general direction from the Library Services Manager or assigned management and supervisory staff. Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions: The essential functions of the classification may include, but are not limited to, the functions below and are subject to changes in operational necessity.

  • Develop and deliver programs and services for elementary-age students and their families, and build solid relationships with local elementary schools and other organizations serving this age group; 
  • Promotes the library to educators and students, and create new library programs to support student success; 
  • Plan, schedule, coordinate, promote, and carry out children’s programming and outreach, including book clubs, special events, classes and workshops, school tours and assemblies, storytimes, and have the flexibility to provide services to the community for all age range;
  • Collaborate across the youth services team on reading programs, including Summer Reading, Winter Reading and year-round reading programs; 
  • Selects and catalogs general collection of books, historical objects, periodicals, media and other reference items contained in the library; reviews and keeps abreast of major selection tools; reviews books, periodicals and collections which are outdated or under-utilized, and recommends removal and disposition; coordinates donations to library and museum;
  • Provides reference research and information assistance to library patrons; locates books and other materials; instructs and assists patrons in locating information and materials in person or utilizing a variety of media including the Internet;
  • Processes inter-library loans and provides related reference services;
  • Follows all safety rules and protocols included in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program; takes appropriate action as required to identify and correct safety hazards and report safety concerns to their supervisor;
  • Performs required duties under the City’s disaster response plan;
  • Performs a variety of record keeping functions including preparing reports and maintaining necessary operating records;
  • Administers various special library activities throughout the year such as reading programs and other special programs for patrons; arranges for related equipment, facilities and vendors;
  • Promotes interest in library programs through publicity, social media, program brochures, cooperation with various community groups and public contacts; speaks before citizen groups, students and other business and civic organizations;
  • Collects fees for library services and programs;
  • Assists with training and preparation of training materials for library paraprofessionals and volunteers;
  • Attends workshops and meetings as part of continuing education and professional development;
  • Assists with troubleshooting functional problems with library computer equipment and applications; powers up and down computer equipment prior to library daily opening and closure;
  • Enforces library policy to ensure the safety and comfort of staff and patrons;
  • Instructs patrons in use of computers, software and internet usage;
  • May create library informational handouts and/or brochures;
  • Provides input and creates content related to library’s website;
  • Performs a variety of administrative tasks relating to library operations; and
  • Performs special projects as assigned.

Non-essential Functions: 

  • Provides input and creates content related to Library’s website;
  • Maintains and reports on daily usage statistics;
  • Conducts set up and tear down of equipment/materials for events and programs;
  • Coordinates gallery events;
  • Proctors exams as requested; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of professional library services which include library automation technology, selection and development of library collections and advisory and reference desk services;

Planning, promoting and presenting adult and student educational or enrichment programs;

Community network and resources for outreach programs and promotions; and

General catalog, classification and index systems.

Ability to:

Provide reference interviews with library patrons to serve their informational needs;

Communicate and problem-solve effectively with a diverse population;

Assist with training and work assessments for paraprofessionals and volunteers;

Use computer equipment and applications in daily performance of job duties;

Read and review professional and/or technical literature;

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

Select and catalog library collections and materials; and

Promote interest in library services and activities.

Experience and Education Guidelines:  Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would most likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education:  Graduation from an American Library Association accredited college or university with a Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Services Degree.

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible experience in the areas of adult, youth and children’s program development and collection development; community outreach programs and technical processing. 

Licenses, certificates and other requirements:  Must be willing to work such hours as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements; travel to various branch locations and meetings. Classification requires the possession and continued maintenance of a valid class “C” California driver’s license.

Conditions of work: During the course of performing the functions of this position, the employee may encounter the following conditions:  working indoors, working outdoors, temperature changes, ladder use, dust, computer monitor use, working alone or with other individuals.Additional Information

1. Application review.  All applications will first be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  A limited number of the best qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.
2. Structured Oral Interview (weighted 100%) Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part in order to be placed on the Eligible List.  Interviews Examinations are anticipated to be on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.   No make-up dates will be offered.
3.  Departmental Interview.  Top scoring candidates on the Eligible List will be invited to interview with the department hiring manager and/or team members.  Department level interviews will be the week of April 4, 2022.
4.  Job Offer.  The selected candidate will receive a conditional job offer, subject to passing pre-employment conditions which may include, but is not limited to, background check, criminal history check, medical, and verification of a valid California driver’s license.  If a pre-employment condition is not successfully met, the City reserves the right to rescind a job offer.
COVID-19 Vaccination:  Effective January 1, 2022, the City of San Leandro requires all new and returning employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of appointment.  Proof of vaccination will be required as a condition of employment.
Americans with Disabilities Act:  In accordance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Human Resources will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities.  Please advise the Human Resources Division prior to 5:00 p.m. of the final filing deadline if accommodations are required.  Medical documentation must be provided upon request.
Veteran’s Preference:  If applying for first-time employment with the City of San Leandro within five years of separation from full-time active service, veteran’s preference points will be given to honorably discharged veterans who served a minimum of three consecutive years of full-time, active service in the Armed Forces of the United States. Candidates must receive an overall passing score in order to qualify for the application of veteran’s preference, which will result in a three percent increment to that passing score. Applicants wishing to qualify must, prior to the application deadline, attach or provide a DD Form 214 as proof of eligibility for the veteran’s preference.
The City of San Leandro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 Information contained herein is subject to change without notice.AgencyCity of San LeandroAddress835 East 14th Street

San Leandro, California, 94577Phone510-577-3396