Librarian I/II, San Mateo County Libraries

Librarian I/II – Bilingual Language Skills Preferred (Open and Promotional)
$31.56 – $43.00 /Hour
FINAL DATE FOR FILING: August 15, 2019.


ATTENTION: New Graduates!! San Mateo County Libraries is looking for librarians and we’re recruiting now. Open to Spring 2019, Summer and Fall 2019 MLIS graduates!!

Do you want to be a part of an award-winning team and work with amazing people? Are you someone who can make a difference through diverse outreach, helping create a literate and informed community, provide amazing customer service, and participate in exciting programming? If you answered “yes,” consider meeting us and joining our team! We respect, value, and celebrate diversity, and bilingual skills are always a plus.

Apply for a Librarian position with San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) and join us in igniting growth through transformative experiences!

San Mateo County Libraries are an invaluable community resource, an amazing family, a springboard for opportunities, and our staff are what makes it so special. We’re champions of learning, sharing, and exploration — of open minds, new ideas, and bright futures. It’s our mission and our passion to strengthen our community by creating an inclusive sense of place and an environment for learning. We seek enthusiastic team players, creative risk takers, and flexible individuals who proactively search for new opportunities to make public library services relevant to all members of the community.

The eligible list generated by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout San Mateo County Libraries, which includes locations in Atherton, Brisbane, Belmont, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, East Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Millbrae, Woodside, Pacifica, San Mateo, and San Carlos. The current vacancies are subject to change but are expected to be filled in Atherton, Half Moon Bay, and Pacifica.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to:

    • Bring a creative and meaningful approach to library programs and services, helping San Mateo County Libraries inspire kids and families from every background, strengthening who we are as a whole.
    • Inspire with friendly customer service and actively provide opportunities for discovery, enrichment, and uplifting the community.
    • Model exemplary customer care in all interactions–including in person, at a program, at outreach events, helping with library card or circulation issues, address suggestions for improvements, or otherwise ensure that our library users are uniformly welcomed
    • Visualize, plan and deliver, assess, provide training on, and improve innovative library services that strengthen the community and have measurable results.
    • Show enthusiasm and initiative for piloting a specific program area aligned with our strategic priorities.
    • Manage multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment and contribute to system-wide projects, task forces and committees.
    • Establish and strengthen cooperative working relationships with community members, various community services providers, and library staff.
    • Skillfully use and trouble-shoot emerging technology as a tool to enhance effectiveness, innovation, and efficiency.
    • Collaborate and team with others to share strengths across the organization.
    • Have some understanding of theories of infant, child, and adolescent, and adult learning, literacy and brain development, and their implications for public library service.
    • Enjoy initiating interactions, starting conversations, and promoting the library to the community, one person at a time.
    • Exhibit leadership to enhance our collaborative, warm & welcoming, optimistic, and fun work culture.
    • Possess a growth mindset and be courageous in trying new strategies, taking risks, and continuously learning.
    • Assist in the recruitment, training, coaching, and management of volunteers.
    • Communicate inclusively, with cultural sensitivity and be approachable in verbal, written, and non-verbal communications.
    • Try again after failing.
Additional skills and abilities include:
    • Provide services to the community for all age ranges.
    • Plan, schedule, coordinate, promote, and carry out programming and outreach, including special events, classes/workshops, story times, school visits, public speaking, etc.
    • Oversee all services to children in a busy public library.
    • Plan, schedule, coordinate and carry out programming and outreach, including school visits, special events, story times, classes/workshops, public speaking, etc.
    • Engage patrons in valuing early learning and in building early literacy skills.
    • Support coworkers in providing excellent services to children.
Because of the diversity of the communities we serve, bilingual language skills are preferred (but not required) for this position. Specifically, we seek applicants with the ability to read, write, and speak fluently in English and another language. Fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish is preferred.

The San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, a service area with approximately 279,000 residents, 65% of whom have library cards. The 2.2 million visitors to SMCL libraries last year checked out more than 3.2 million materials and accessed public computers for more than 230,000 hours. Annually, over 12,000 programs and activities are provided to more than 329,000 children, teens, and adults. From book clubs to bike clinics, video game design to resume workshops, salsa tastings to Mid-Autumn Festivals, San Mateo County Libraries provides a variety of exciting library programs and events for our diverse communities.  For more information about San Mateo County Libraries, please visit

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Education: Master of Library Science or recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university is required.

Knowledge of:

    • Library purposes, organization, techniques and procedures;
    • Principles of library materials selection;
    • In-depth reference and bibliographic resources;
    • Library classification, cataloging and filing systems;
    • Current general and/or children’s literature;
    • A specialized program area;
    • Supervisory principles and practices;
    • Composition of the community and its needs;
    • General practices and uses of computers and computer information systems;
    • Automated library functions;
    • Peninsula Library System and related policies and procedures.

Skill/Ability to:

    • Plan and supervise the work of staff;
    • Train staff in specialized areas;
    • Develop library programs/projects;
    • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff, the public and community groups;
    • Communicating effectively orally and in writing;
    • Instruct others in the use of library materials;
    • Conduct individual user needs assessments.

Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

Based solely on the information provided in the application materials, an application screening committee will select those applicants whose education, training and experience most closely matches the needs of the department. Those selected will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County’s website, you may click the “Apply” button. If you are not on the County’s website, please go to  to apply.

Final Filing Date: August 15, 2019 at 11:59PM
Application Screening: Week of August 26 to August 29, 2019
Panel Interview: September 16, 17 and/or 18, 2019

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community’s needs.
The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Ximena Burns (0802019) (Librarian I/II – K001/K002)

Job Number: K002-18

Librarian I/II – Bilingual Language Skills Preferred (Open and Promotional) Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your responses will give us additional information about your background and experience related to this position and will weigh heavily in the screening process. Answer these questions completely. Be specific and concise. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling, and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses.
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* 2. A Master’s degree in Library Science, or a recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university is required for the Librarian position. Do you have a Master’s degree in Library Science or will be graduating within the next five months? (If not, please see question #3.)
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* 3. If you have a recognized equivalent degree or will be graduating in the next five months, please explain. (If you have a Master’s degree in Library Science, please answer “N/A” to this question.)
* 4. What approach have you taken to resolve a situation/problem or accomplish a task that was different than other employees in your current (or most recent) job?
* 5. Please describe an instance when you’ve gone above and beyond in offering excellent customer service.
* 6. Describe how you address and increase equity and inclusion in the programs and outreach you are responsible for.
* 7. The ability to read, speak, and write fluently in English and Spanish, English and Cantonese, and/or English and Mandarin is preferred for these positions, but not required. Please indicate in what languages (other than English) you are fluent. (If you are not bilingual, please answer “N/A” to this question.)
* 8. If you are fluent another language, describe any work experience in which you utilized your bilingual skills. (If you are not bilingual, please answer “N/A” to this question.)
* Required Question

Bilingual Outreach & Programming Librarian, Yolo County Library

We are looking for a full-time bilingual Outreach and Programming Librarian at Yolo County Library.

The incumbent will work at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, provide programs and outreach services throughout Yolo County, and work with various government and non-government organizations.


The County of Yolo is recruiting to fill one regular, full-time Outreach and Programming Librarian position at the Yolo County Library.  The incumbent will work primarily at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, and will be required to work evening and weekend hours as part of their regular schedule.  They will also provide programs and outreach services throughout the County of Yolo, and work with various government and non-government organizations.

Experience working in a multilingual, multicultural environment is highly desired, and the ability to read, speak, and write in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and/or Korean is strongly preferred.  The incumbent will utilize their multilingual and multicultural knowledge and experience to perform their duties and serve the community in a manner that is culturally competent and affirming.

The incumbent will be a community-oriented professional who is enthusiastic about promoting the library to a broader audience; is actively engaged with new technologies; possesses an aptitude to skillfully manage grants and projects; is confident in leading others; enjoys direct public service to a diverse population; and has a firm grasp of current and emerging library trends.

The incumbent should be enthusiastic about promoting the library to a diverse community and reducing barriers to access; show a broad understanding of, and demonstrate support for, diversity, equality, and equity for everyone in the community; and show a commitment to maintaining equitable, inclusive, and respectful environments so that every person in the organization has the opportunity to reach their full potential and is valued for their unique qualities and contributions.

The candidate selected will be placed at the Librarian I or II level depending on their background and experience, and at the discretion of the appointing authority.  The salary range for each classification level is as follows:

Librarian I: $44,895 – $54,570 Annually
Librarian II: $55,326 – $67,249 Annually

In addition to the salary range described above, candidates who are able to speak, read and write in languages other than English are eligible for bilingual pay of $0.55 or $0.70 per hour worked, depending upon skill level.


Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of professional duties involving circulation, program, technology, and reference services within the County Library system; and does other related work as required.


Distinguishing Characteristics

The Librarian I/II class has two salary levels. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and the level at which appointments are made is at the discretion of the appointing authority. The Librarian I is the entry level in this class series. Initially, incumbents work under closer supervision, and are given detailed instructions in the performance of routine tasks that are more structured and repetitive than those assigned to the Librarian II. As skills and knowledge are developed, incumbents are expected to perform increasingly responsible and difficult assignments.  At the discretion of the appointing authority, incumbents may advance to Librarian II after demonstrating the ability to perform the full journey duties of the class, which generally requires two years of experience as a Librarian I.

The Librarian II is the journey level in the class series. Incumbents work under general supervision and are expected to be proficient in performing a variety of responsible and more difficult professional library work. Specific duties of individual positions may vary, depending on assignment, but the preponderant responsibilities of all positions in this class are related to system-wide functions that include circulation, program, technology and reference services. While some Librarian II incumbents supervise paraprofessional library staff and volunteers, all Librarian II incumbents are expected to provide lead direction and guidance to entry level Librarians, paraprofessional library staff, extra help employees and/or volunteers.

Incumbents in this class report to a Library Regional Manager or other management personnel. While the Librarian II class may supervise staff in some instances, it does not supervise other professional Librarians.
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This position is open until filled.  Interested applicants should submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application, responses to supplemental questions, a detailed resume, and verification of education.  Submitted applications will be screened on a regular basis, and the applications of qualified individuals will be immediately forwarded to the department for further consideration. 

For important and detailed information regarding the application and selection process for this recruitment, please see the APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS section of this job announcement below.


Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Provides system-wide library services such as archives, circulation, collection development, reference and reader’s advisory, technology services, and youth, teen, or adult programming.
    • Provides assistance to customers through a variety of methods to ensure that customers have the ability to effectively utilize all library resources; assists customers with utilizing social media and on-line tools, library programs, and a variety of reference services; teaches basic internet searching and other computer classes as assigned.
    • Develops, coordinates, and facilitates a variety of library programs, services and outreach to a variety of customers using a systems-thinking approach, and organizes and facilitates community engagement events to meet customer needs.
    • Serves as a liaison to community groups, organizations, and agencies, and acts as an ambassador for the Yolo County Library System.
    • Performs troubleshooting for library computers, other electronic devices, and equipment.
    • Conducts analysis using a variety of methods to make recommendations and/or implement solutions.
    • Distributes and assigns work to employees; monitors work for progress and quality; ensures work is completed in a timely and efficient manner; reviews work.
    • Provides training and mentoring to staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.
    • Assists, guides, and instructs subordinate library staff and/or volunteers in the performance of their duties; provides technical direction and problem solving in response to staff work questions and problems.
    • Provides input to supervisor on employee performance and informs supervisor of conduct problems.
    • Responds to and coordinates with supervisor to resolve routine customer inquiries and complaints.
    • Demonstrates professional commitment by attending workshops and educational programs, reading periodicals and specialized literature, attending staff meetings, participating in committees, and engaging with other organizations that further the library’s mission and goals.
    • Performs related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

Librarian I
Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library Information Services or related library field from an accredited graduate school of Librarianship.

Librarian II
Education: Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library Information Services or related library field from an accredited graduate school of Librarianship;


Experience: Two (2) years of professional library experience comparable to the functions performed by a Librarian I at the County of Yolo

Knowledge of: principles, practices, and philosophy of public library work, including community engagement and outreach, library cataloging and classification, reference and reader’s advisory, a wide variety of books and authors, principles of library materials selection and maintenance, book selection related to community needs and programming; books, authors, bibliographies, and  digital material; library functions and services; Dewey decimal classification system and Library of Congress subject headings; standard reference materials; principles and practices of leadership, mentoring, and training; correct English usage, grammar, punctuation, and spelling; and office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized library computer applications and library automation.

Ability to: use or quickly learn online circulation systems, online catalog, databases, social media and other computer applications; set priorities; analyze and respond to community needs and requests; analyze situations and problems, identify alternative solutions, and take appropriate action; apply customer service skills, including the identification of customer needs and follow up to ensure customer commitments have been met; communicate effectively and tactfully with diverse populations; represent the library to the community; develop and conduct special programs; develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others; lead and train subordinate staff or volunteers; plan, coordinate, assign, and review the work of subordinate staff or volunteers; work flexible and changing schedule including evenings and weekends.

Application & Selection Process

Application Process
It is highly recommended that you print this job bulletin for future reference.

Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date.  Application information must be current, concise, and related to the requirements in this job announcement.  A resume should be included with your application; however, it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.  In addition to a completed application and resume, applicants are required to submit a completed supplemental questionnaire and verification of education for this position.  Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Additional documents may be submitted to the Yolo County Human Resources Office in any one or more of the following ways:

    • As an attachment to the online application
    • By e-mail to
    • By fax to (530) 666-8049
    • By hand-delivery to 625 Court Street, Room 101, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Human Resources is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail.

Selection Procedure
The following are the events that will occur as part of the selection process:

    • Screen for Minimum Qualifications
    • Screen for Best Qualified
    • Department Selection Interviews
    • Reference Checks
    • Tentative Job Offer/DOJ Livescan/Drug & Alcohol Screen

Verification of Education
Acceptable forms of educational documentation are official or unofficial transcripts that list the student’s name, institution name, field of study and date the degree was awarded.

For recent graduates who have not received proof of their degree yet, a letter from the registrar’s office stating that all requirements for graduation have been met and listing the field of study will be sufficient proof of graduation.

Please do not send originals; copies of the required documents are acceptable. Any submitted documents will not be returned.

All foreign transcripts or diplomas must be in English.  If the institution does not provide these documents in English, the applicant will need to provide a translation which has been done by a professional agency.  The County of Yolo will accept education as equivalent to U.S. accreditation from Institutions that are listed as members of the International Association of Universities.  You may check for your school by visiting the IAU web site (

Applicants who possess a degree or completed coursework that is not from an accredited college or university, must submit one of the following:

1. A written statement from a U.S. accredited university or college that states that the applicant is qualified for entrance to a program of graduate studies for which a degree in a related field is required.

2. An evaluation of the applicant’s degree and coursework equivalency by a private organization that provides foreign credential evaluation services.  The evaluation must include a comparison of comparable U.S. courses for content, credit and grade.

Note: Foreign language documents must include a precise word-for-word English translation of all foreign language documents.  It is the responsibility of each applicant to prove to the satisfaction of the County that the applicant meets the specific requirements listed on the job announcement for each specific examination.  The following is a list of private organizations that provide foreign credential evaluation services.  Fees range from $50 to $400 per document; processing times vary from 5-20 business days.  For further information, please contact the organization(s). The County of Yolo does not endorse these business entities; this list has been developed for informational purposes only.

601 University Ave., Suite 127
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 921-0790

P.O. Box 151739
San Diego, CA 92175
(619) 265-5810

P.O. Box 18358 Anaheim, CA 92817
(714) 237-9272

409 North Pacific Coast Highway, # 393
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 828-5709

P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
(310) 258-9451

Screening for Best Qualified
The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate’s experience, education, and training.  Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.  If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.  Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.  If you have no experience, write “no experience” for the appropriate question.  Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated to determine those applicants that are best qualified.

Contact Information
For questions about the position or about employment with the County, please contact Human Resources by e-mail at or by phone at (530) 666-8055.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the County of Yolo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance.  The County will comply with all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants.  Reasonable testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities or who are unable to attend a scheduled test due to religious reasons in accordance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please call the County of Yolo Human Resources Office at (530) 666-8055 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled test date to request accommodation. Documentation from a medical doctor, rehabilitation counselor, or other qualified professional will be required.