Youth Services/Young Adult Librarian I, Santa Clara City Library

By IS Lab April 22, 2021

Santa Clara City Library

The Santa Clara City Library is seeking an enthusiastic and creative Young Adult Librarian to perform the day-to-day operations of designing and coordinating initiatives and programs for teens. Special responsibilities will include the development and implementation of library programming for difficult to reach youth in the Santa Clara community.
This position may be filled at either the Librarian I or II level depending on the candidates’ qualifications and experience.

Job Responsibilities

Librarian I
Under immediate supervision:
• Performs professional librarian duties;
• Provides bibliographic instruction to library patrons;
• Facilitates access to library materials using a variety of print and electronic resources;
• Performs manual and computerized bibliographic searches;
• Provides assistance to library patrons of all ages in location and use of library materials, resources, and facilities;
• Answers reference questions at all levels of complexity;
• Provides readers’ advisory services;
• Evaluates and selects library materials;
• Plans and participates in library sponsored children’s and young adult programs;
• Prepares publicity and displays;
• Serves as a member of library teams and on task forces;
• Attends related training, workshops, and conferences and participates in professional development activities;
• Serves as a resource to children and young adults and to those working with children and young adults in the effective use of library materials and services
• Conducts tours and classes
• Operates audio/visual equipment, such as DVD projector system
• Performs outreach to the community, community organizations, and schools, and
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Librarian II
Under general supervision:
• Performs professional librarian duties
• Provides bibliographic instruction to library patrons
• Facilitates access to library materials using a variety of print and electronic resources
• Performs manual and computerized bibliographic searches
• Provides assistance to library patrons of all ages in location and use of library materials, resources, and facilities
• Provides reader’s advisory services
• Plans and participates in library sponsored children’s and young adult programs
• Prepares publicity and displays
• Answers reference questions at all levels of complexity
• Evaluates and selects library materials
• Serves as a member of library teams and on task forces
• Attends related training, workshops and conferences and participates in professional development activities
• Develops and provides subject expertise in accessing library materials and special collections
• Analyzed library collections and assists in their development, maintenance, and preservation
• Participates in researching and drafting of reference/information service policies and procedures
• Participates in community, interagency, or local library system committees and meetings
• Gathers data and prepares reports or special studies on library policies, procedures or other assigned topics
• Administers or carries out the terms of grants and/or other special projects
• Directs professional, volunteer, paraprofessional, or page staff
• Plans and implements children’s, young adult and adult programs
• Responsible for selection, deselection, and evaluation of library materials
• Acts as lead librarian for a library program, facility or branch in the absence of senior staff
• Performs other related duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

Librarian I

  • Possession of a Masters Degree in Library/Information Science from an American Library Association accredited library school.
  • No experience is required.
  • Public library principles and practices
  • Knowledge of Dewey Decimal classification, computerized bibliographic databases and online bibliographic searching techniques, principles of intellectual freedom, reference interviewing techniques, collection development principles and techniques, office safety practices, procedures and standards, customer service techniques, children’s and young adult literature, and current trends in library service to children.
  • Ability to apply library policies and procedures, arrange items in alphabetical and numerical order, work effectively, either independently or as part of a team, organize work assignments, recognize and establish job priorities, effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet strict deadlines, use sound judgment, work comfortably with current standard computer operating system(s), use computers and computer applications effectively, communicate complex data both orally and in writing, communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, understand and follow oral and written instructions, relate and communicate well with children and young adults, and establish and maintain good working relationships with others in the course of work.

The Librarian II position requires all that the Librarian I requires plus the following:

  • Possession of a Masters Degree in Library/Information Science from an American Library Association accredited library school and
  • Two (2) years of recent increasingly responsible professional library experience performing duties similar to a Librarian I for the City of Santa Clara.
  • Experience providing reference service is required
  • Experience supervising the work of others and/or significant experience as a project or program lead is desirable. (Preferred)
  • Knowledge of public library principles and practices, Library of Congress Subject Headings, computerized bibliographic databases, principles of intellectual freedom, children’s and young adult literature, current trends in library service to children and young adults, principles and practices of supervision, training, and scheduling, budgeting principles and policies, procedures and functions of the library system
  • Ability to interact positively with a wide variety of patrons in a busy environment, deal tactfully and courteously with other in the course of work, maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive issues, walk or stand for extended periods of time, lift and carry library materials weighing up to 25 lbs, perform physical tasks such as lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, carrying and walking up and down stairs

The final filing date for this position is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021. To be considered for this position: Submit a 1) Completed City Application, 2) Current resume and 3) Completed Supplemental Questionnaire by the final filing date. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

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