Librarian I/II, City of Chula Vista

By IS Lab September 9, 2021

City of Chula Vista

The City of Chula Vista has three library branches.  Each branch is open seven days a week and 54 to 58 hours per week.  We serve a diverse community and a large population.  Last year the libraries circulated 710,000 items, answered 118,000 reference questions, and were visited by 857,000 people.  As a librarian you can expect to work in any of our branches and experience everything from story hours to reference work.

Job Responsibilities

Librarian I:

To perform a variety of professional library work in the City libraries including reference services, materials selection, children’s and young adult services, readers’ guidance, cataloging, computers, and community programs; and to do related work as required. This is the first level in the Librarian series. Incumbent works under immediate supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned. Responsibilities include:

  • provide reference service and instruction to library guests of all ages using print, media, and computer resources
  • answer questions from the public in person, over the telephone, and electronically
  • assist the public in making the most effective use of library facilities
  • ensure guests follow library rules; plan and deliver library programs for children, youth, and adults
  • instruct guests on the use of the Internet, computer applications, and other library services
  • resolve general complaints; deselect library materials based on condition, currency, and relevance
  • note gap in collections and make recommendations
  • compile lists and bibliographies
  • review books and make recommendations for their purchase
  • develop seasonal and topical displays throughout the library
  • stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of library science and services.

Librarian II:

This is the full journey level class in the Librarian series and it is distinguished from the Librarian I level by the ability to perform the full range of duties assigned with only occasional instruction or assistance as unusual or unique situations arise including involvement in more complex library services and tasks requiring a more thorough knowledge of reference sources and research techniques. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the level I or by outside candidates having prior experience. Receives general supervision from the Senior Librarian and provides technical and/or functional supervision to assigned staff. Additional responsibilities unique to the Librarian II position include:

  • develop material resources in assigned subject areas using computer-generated reports, professional journals and bibliographies
  • develop statistical measurements, administer designated materials budget, and deselect resources when appropriate
  • apply knowledge of professional established principles and practices cataloging
  • schedule staff and designate daily assignments to have all public service desks covered
  • evaluate the impact of new and revised programs and procedures on departmental units
  • perform community outreach to promote and increase public participation and use of library services
  • speak to schools and community groups regarding library services and resources
  • develop and coordinate programs for the community
  • plan, organize and present various library programs
  • research, write and administer grant proposals
  • supervise, train and evaluate subordinates including volunteers and interns.

Job Qualifications

Librarian I:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association OR
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in liberal studies, social science, or a related field, supplemented by nine semester or 12 quarter units of graduate library science education accredited by the American Library Association, AND three years of paraprofessional library experience or completion of a library technician program from a community college or nine Continuing Education Units in library science OR
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in liberal studies, social science, or a related field, two years of paid paraprofessional experience in a library, AND current enrollment in an ALA accredited MLS program with 20% of course work completed OR
  • Master’s degree in a subject AND two years of paid paraprofessional experience in a library.

Librarian II:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association AND two years of paid professional library experience OR
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in liberal studies, social science, or a related field, supplemented by 18 semester or 28 quarter units of graduate library science education accredited by the American Library Association, AND four years of professional library experience OR
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in liberal studies, social science, or a related field, three years of paid professional library experience, AND current enrollment in an ALA accredited MLS Program with 40% of course work completed OR
  • Master’s degree in a subject AND three years of paid professional experience in a library.