Librarian I/II, City of Menlo Park

By IS Lab May 26, 2021

Website City of Menlo Park

Library and Community Services is entering an exciting period of growth and change with the construction of a new, multi-generational, multi-use community campus facility beginning this summer. We value service, community engagement, and professionalism. We hold ourselves and our team accountable, and we praise a can-do mind set. Help us grow our community of readers, learners and community stewards. This recruitment will establish an eligibility list which may be used for future Librarian I/II vacancies in youth services, adult services, literacy services and library e-services and technology. Our current opening is for a full-time librarian position who will engage in youth services and literacy services.

The department’s youth services team focus on our community’s youth, providing early literacy support, developing the collection, and preparing and presenting programs. The department’s literacy team amongst other initiatives facilities ESL instruction through one on one tutoring, ESL classes and conversation groups, and provides family literacy services. They also assist with digital literacy instruction in collaboration with our senior services team. We seek flexible library professionals who have the capability to work collaboratively across library teams.

Job Qualifications


  • Librarian I – Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in library and information science, education, public administration, or a related field.
  • Librarian II – Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in library and information science, education, public administration, or a related field; two (2) years of experience as a professional librarian; prior experience exercising functional supervision of subordinate or volunteer staff is highly desirable.


  • Outstanding customer service and communication skills, including problem-solving, patience, active listening, and flexibility
  • The ability to provide exemplary customer service and maintain a favorable public image of the library. The incumbent has a desire to work in a public service role. Has excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people from diverse backgrounds, including youth, families, volunteers, and coworkers
  • Leadership skills that enhance our collaborative, friendly, caring, optimistic, outcomes-oriented work culture
  • A growth mindset and courage to try new strategies, take risks, and continuously learn
  • Ability to collaborate with others to share strengths across the organization
  • The ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization and foster positive partnerships with outside organizations
  • Ability to establish and strengthen cooperative working relationships with community members, various community services providers, and library staff
  • Flexibility to work in a variety of different capacities depending on evolving library and community needs
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment and contribute to system-wide projects, task forces and committees
  • Ability to work the schedule required which may include night and/or weekend shifts
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • A good understanding of technology and a willingness to learn about all aspects of librarianship
  • Understanding of the role of technology in providing library services and proficiency in that technology
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new software and equipment technologies
  • A love of connecting people to information through books, movies, music, the Internet, and programs
  • Knowledge of general practices and uses of computers and computer information systems
  • Understanding of automated library tools and functions, and willingness to master them
  • Knowledge of the library classification, cataloging and filing systems
  • Knowledge of the principles of library materials selection
  • Knowledge of reference and bibliographic resources
  • Ability to work in a busy environment
  • Extensive experience on a paraprofessional level is desirable
  • Bilingual Spanish/English capability is desirable but not required

Job Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of a Senior Librarian, the Librarian I/II will perform a variety of professional tasks including:
  • Lead projects and programs for Menlo Park Library
  • Create long-range and short-range goals and objectives for a library program
  • Lead trainings and educational efforts for students in the literacy program and the volunteer tutors that support them
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement library services and programs for patrons
  • Participate in marketing and outreach activities
  • Prepare written reports including budget recommendations; submitting justifications for budget items; monitoring and controlling expenditures
  • Work toward the library’s strategic goals as a member of a team
  • Represent the Library on library system committees
  • Perform tasks for other departmental teams to accomplish City goals

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