Thursday, October 31, 2013

Roseville - John Adams Academy - Library Media Technician

This position was originally posted in September and hasn't been filled yet.

Purpose of the Position
The Library Media Technician is responsible for providing library and research services for the organization and maintenance of the library and its collections.

The Library Media Technician reports directly to the Dean of Academics. The scope of work will include oversight of library functions including materials selection, processing and making accessible the materials resources and digital content within the library media center.

Oversee the planning, administrative and budgetary functions of library media services
·        Establish and implement library and information policies and procedures
·        Develop and manage convenient, accessible library and media services
·        Establish and manage the budget for library and media services, technology and media
·        Order materials and maintain inventory of library media resources
·        Analyze and evaluate library and information services, technology and media service requirements
·        Prepare reports related to library and media services, resources and activities

Provide effective access to library collections and resources
·        Develop and maintain collections management policies and procedures
·        Perform original cataloguing and classification of print, audio visual and electronic resources
·        Develop and maintain special indexing systems and files for special collections including distribution of “Scholar Keep Books”

Maintain the organization of library materials and resources
·        Ensure an accurate inventory of resources
·        Ensure efficient retrieval by users
·        Maintain inventories, compile statistics and generate reports as required
·        Distribute materials for cataloguing
·        Process resources for placement on shelf

Provide library services in response to the information needs of library users
·        Respond to daily on site requests for information
·        Train library users to effectively search the Library catalogue, Internet and other electronic resources
·        Provide an interlibrary loan service for both book and audiovisual materials and maintain records
·        Maintain circulation files, records and statistics

Perform other duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.


The Library Media Technician must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:
·        library policies, procedures and methods
·        library cataloging procedures
·        research and information systems and methods
·        conducting Internet searches
·        organization and structure of the library
·        classical literature

The Library Media Technician must demonstrate the following skills:
·        ability to manage a library and its collection
·        team building skills
·        research skills
·        organizational skills
·        decision making skills
·        effective verbal, written, listening and presentation skills
·        time management skills
·        proficient ability with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook.

Personal Attributes
The Library Media Technician must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of their job.
The Library Media Technician must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:
·        Demonstrate and promote the John Adams Academy Ten Core Values
·        be honest and trustworthy
·        be respectful
·        possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
·        be flexible
·        demonstrate sound work ethics
·        willing to learn new skills and talents

There are physical demands associated with this position including lifting boxes, pushing heavy book carts, ability to lift and carry 25 pounds, climbing ladders and spending a significant amount of time standing and walking.

The Library Media Technician must possess the required knowledge and skills through the completion of related coursework and/or previous experience. Equivalencies will be considered.
·        Associates degree in Library Science recommended
·        Experience as a Library Media Technician or similar position
·        Capable of maintaining a strong working relationship in a team environment
·        Capable of working independently

Thursday, October 24, 2013

University of California Irvine - Multiple Librarian Positions

There are 4 librarian positions currently posted by the University of California Irvine libraries.
  • Archivist for University Archives

  • Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services

  • Research Librarian for English, Comparative Literature, and Critical Theory

  • Research Librarian for Performing Arts

     Here is the position description for the Research Librarian for Performing Arts:

    The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, and user-oriented Research Librarian for Performing Arts to plan and deliver innovative reference and instruction services, and to develop and manage excellent electronic, multimedia, and print collections in music, dance, and drama.

    The Research Librarian for Performing Arts will provide liaison and outreach to faculty and students in the Departments of Music, Dance, and Drama in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  The School offers a BA, BFA, and MFA in Dance; BA, MFA, and PhD in Drama and Theatre; and a BA, BFA, BMus, and MFA in Music.  More information about the School and its programs can be found at

    The successful candidate for this position will be based in the Collection Development Department, and will report directly to the Head of Collection Development.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    In the area of collection development, the Research Librarian for Performing Arts will be responsible for the selection, assessment, and management of collections and resources in music, dance, and drama.  Depending on the profile of the successful candidate, the position may also assume responsibility for collection development in one or more of the following languages:  German; Spanish and Portuguese; French and Italian.  The incumbent will serve as liaison to the faculty and students in these subject areas to ensure that their information needs are being met, as well as to promote the Libraries’ services and resources. The incumbent will also explore how the Libraries can assist faculty with digital arts projects and research. The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring budgets and making collections decisions that support the teaching and research needs of the University of California, Irvine.  As a member of the Collection Development Department, the incumbent may take a lead role in various library-wide collection development projects and initiatives.
    The Research Librarian for Performing Arts will provide specialized reference and research consultations in music, dance, and drama.  The Research Librarian will also maintain sufficient knowledge to provide effective general reference assistance in a variety of modes including in-person, telephone, and digital reference.  Occasional weekend and evening shifts may be required.  The incumbent will provide subject-based instruction and develop and update subject guides in support of research in music, dance, and drama and will also participate in the Libraries’ instruction program for students enrolled in lower-division writing courses and other information literacy initiatives.  



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Educational background in music, dance, or drama or experience providing reference, instruction and/or collection development in the performing arts.
  • Strong interest in instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in instruction, collection development, research, and reference in the subject areas of music, dance, and drama.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.


  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in the design and delivery of library services in support of the academic mission of the university.
  • Reading knowledge of German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Italian.
  • Experience managing or leading projects.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the performing arts disciplines.
  • Understanding of publishing trends and issues in the field of music.
  • Interest in assisting faculty with digital arts projects and research.

The Collection Development Department

The Collection Development Department consists of 8 librarians and 1 library assistant.  The Department is committed to developing, delivering, and preserving the Libraries’ outstanding collection of significant and diverse research resources.  The department is dedicated to building a research library of excellence by overseeing and directing collection development activities, managing library collections, and fostering relationships with faculty, students and staff engaged in the production of knowledge.

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of change.  The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These buildings contain over 3,300 public seats for study and research and provide more than 600 public access computers.  The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 140 FTE plus approximately 30 student assistant FTE.  The library collection consists of over 3.4 million volumes and over 137,000 journals and serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection.  The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales.  Preferred appointment level is $47,544 - $70,956 (Assistant Librarian I – Librarian I).
Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.
Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.
Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by November 18, 2013 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
To Apply:  Electronic applications are preferred.  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their application materials including: cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant, to:
Library Human Resources
UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
Confidential fax:  (949) 824-3270
Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.
This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

Oakley - Contra Costa County Library - Community Library Manager

Closing Date/Time:
Fri. 11/01/13 5:00 PM Pacific Time
$29.85 - $38.12 Hourly
$2,388.21 - $3,049.84 Biweekly
$5,174.46 - $6,607.99 Monthly
$62,093.52 - $79,295.88 Annually
Job Type:
Full Time
Oakley, California


The Contra Costa County Library is recruiting to fill one vacant 32 hour Community Library Manager position in Oakley, California.

Contra Costa County operates over 26 community libraries within a 750 square mile area and serves close to 1 million urban, suburban and rural customers with an annual circulation exceeding 7.4 million.

Community Library Managers are responsible for day-to-day administration and operation of a full service community library. Responsibilities include applying individual judgment and influence to manage human, financial and physical resources in a community library and supervise the activities of professional, technical and/or clerical level positions involved in library support and service activities; plan, develop and implement community library goals, objectives, policies and procedures; collaborate with City staff in the planning and development of library programs and services; assess community library needs and formulate proposals and policies and other duties as assigned.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months and may be used to fill future part-time and full-time vacancies.

 Typical Tasks:

  • Plan, organize and manage the activities of a community library ; ensure the efficient and effective delivery of high quality library services to the general public
  • Plan, develop and implement community library goals, objectives, policies and procedures that reflect the County Library's mission and services
  • Act autonomously to develop and maintain relationships with City leaders, community organizations, local businesses, schools, service clubs and "Friends of the Library" organizations, and make presentations to these organizations.
  • Collaborate with City staff in the planning and development of library programs and services
  • Plan and prepare the community library's budgetary needs; develop budget justification for staffing, service and materials; monitor and reconcile financial resources for county and city, grants, and donations from community organizations, businesses and library friends/foundation organizations
  • Manage professional level librarians, technical and/or clerical staff; exercise independent judgment in the selection, training and evaluation of staff; make assignments and counsel employees on work-related issues and take disciplinary action as necessary in accordance with County and department guidelines and direction, regulations or applicable MOU
  • Manage task forces in the development of County Library policies and procedures, committee projects or special assignments and make recommendations; interpret library policies and procedures to staff and the public
  • Assess community library needs and formulate proposals and policies to support such needs within the County Library and the community
  • Manage building security and maintenance issues which may include surrounding grounds; evaluate architectural drawings to assess new library interior designs, layouts, and circulation needs, and make recommendations
  • Anticipate and recommend computer technology needs and planning, including internet access and software, and web based research services
  • Manage acquisition and collection development, including any specialized collections; participate in centralized collection development to ensure collection materials meet the community's needs

 Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Possession of a Master of Library Science degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or equivalent curriculum.

Experience: Two (2) years of full-time equivalent professional/supervisory library experience.
Three (3) years full-time equivalent experience working in a library, which may include two (2) years as support staff, technician or paraprofessional, and at least one (1) year at a professional/supervisory level.
All applicants are encouraged to review a detailed job description available at and apply only if they clearly meet the Minimum Qualifications as defined above.
All applicants are required to submit a completed supplemental questionnaire at the time of application. Supplemental questionnaires can be scanned and attached to your on-line application, or faxed to (925) 335-1797. Include your name and "3AGG-2013A" on all application documents.

 Selection Process:

1. Application Filing: Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at Contra Costa County Department of Human Resources, or, a completed Contra Costa County application and Supplemental Questionnaire must be received or postmarked by 5 pm on October 25, 2013. Faxed applications WILL NOT be accepted. Resumes may not be substituted for the official County application. An application may be obtained by visiting our office at 651 Pine St., 2nd floor, Martinez, CA 94553, or the County Application can be received by visiting our website at the web link listed above. To view the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position, please visit to see the detailed job description.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3. Oral Interview: An oral interview will be conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board in Martinez, CA. The Board will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. Candidates must receive a rating of at least 70 from a majority of the Board members to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

Community Library Manager Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. The purpose of this questionnaire is to provide applicants the opportunity to elaborate on their qualifications for this position. Your responses to this questionnaire will be used by an Application Evaluation Committee to determine which applicants will be invited to continue in the recruitment process. Although you may submit a resume or additional information, such items may not be substituted in lieu of the questionnaire. Please be concise, limiting your response to the information that is relevant to each question. A completed supplemental questionnaire can be scanned and attached to your electronic "online" application, or it can be submitted by fax to (925) 335-1797 Attn: Kismet Teng. All documents must be received or postmarked by the final filing date of October 25, 2013. Please reference "3AGG-2013A" and include your name on all of the submitted documents. I have read and understand the above information

Yes Yes    No No
* 2. EXPERIENCE: PLEASE USE THE BELOW INSTRUCTIONS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS 3 THROUGH 4. Describe your professional experience in one or more of the following areas. If your experience does not apply to any given question, please indicate "N/A". For each area, in addition to providing a full description of the work experience, please also identify:
  • Employer's name and official job title
  • Years and months of required experience
  • Percentage (%) of time spent supporting the functions
I understand that the above instructions apply to questions 3 through 4, and I will provide the above information in response to these questions.

Yes Yes    No No
* 3. Please describe your experience performing professional and/or supervisory duties in a library.

* 4. Please describe your experience performing support staff, technician and/or paraprofessional duties in a library.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sacramento Public Library - Youth Services Librarian

Close Date: Nov 15, 2013
Salary: $24.82 - $33.26 Hourly
Apply by November 15, 2013
$24.82-$33.26 per hour (DOQ)

Non-exempt; Union represented; Full time
Are you passionate about providing excellent library service to children and adults alike?  Do you want a position where every workday looks different from the one before? If you’re flexible, engaged, creative, and committed, we’d love to hear from you. 
Sacramento Public Library is looking for librarians who are passionate about literacy and community partnerships, understand that early literacy is critical to building healthy communities and who genuinely love serving diverse populations.
Come join our collaborative and creative team of professionals.  We are the fourth largest library system in California, serving one of California’s most diverse counties.  Our 28 locations include urban, suburban and rural branches.  We offer supportive colleagues, competitive salaries, and a chance for you to shine.
We will be creating a new Eligibility List that will be used to staff Youth Services librarian openings that occur in the next 6 months.  We currently have one opening.
Minimum Qualifications:

•Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited college or university;

•Fluency in a foreign language is a plus
Equal Opportunity Employer
Job Summary: Performs a variety of professional library work, including reference and readers’ advisory services, youth services, cataloging, selection and collection management, programming, staff and customer training, special projects; and performs other related duties as assigned.
Essential Functions:

(Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
1.Works in public service area answering information and readers’ advisory questions;

2.Identifies and locates library materials and assists customers in locating materials;

3.Assists and instructs customers in use of library resources, facilities, and policies;

4.Assists customers in performing computer searches and using electronic databases;

5.May perform copy and original cataloging and classification of library materials;

6.Coordinates selection and acquisitions processes for library materials, including maintaining standing orders and serials databases and files and monitoring holds buy ratios;

7.Designs and presents programs and presentations and accompanying materials;

8.Assists in training staff newly assigned to work area;

9.Keeps records and statistics; prepares reports;

10.Keeps abreast of practices and trends in public librarianship by attending workshops and educational programs and reading periodicals and specialized literature; and recommends more efficient practices;

11.Attends meetings, trainings and seminars; participates in various committees and team activities;

12.Fills in for any subordinate position, as needed;

13.Maintains positive relationships with other staff and members of the public;

14.Requires regular and punctual employee presence;

15.Acts as a representative of Sacramento Public Library to the public;


•Select new and replacement materials and perform collection management functions in assigned area;

•Perform outreach activities, including school visits, story time presentations, and contacting community organizations and agencies;

•Carry out or supervise special projects;

•Prepare schedules;

•Supervise shelvers and volunteers;

•Perform circulation functions;

•Be in charge of a department or branch during short term absence of supervisor;

•Perform simple repair and maintenance on computers and other equipment; and

17.Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:
Knowledge of:
1.Sacramento Public Library’s policies and procedures and practices and procedures of assigned department or branch;

2.Current reference and search tools, including electronic resources, the Internet and bibliographic utilities, and the ability to use them;

3.Integrated library system procedures and explain to staff and library customers;

4.Customer service techniques in a wide variety of situations and towards a diverse customer population;

5.Basic understanding of the principles of cataloging and understanding of the Dewey system;

6.Principles and practices of intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights.
Ability to:
1.Successfully communicate with other staff members, library customers, representatives of community organizations, schools, and agencies, and library vendors and suppliers;

2.Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff and work as a team;

3.Understand the customer’s needs and deliver services by focusing on the customer;

4.Take initiative to ensure a positive and successful customer experience by contributing to finding solutions, regardless of assigned responsibility;

5.Respond to customers and address customer complaints/problems in a timely, accurate, courteous, respectful and friendly manner;

6.Possess attention to detail and follow through on tasks effectively and efficiently;

7.Establish priorities and organize workload effectively and efficiently while paying attention to detail and complete assignments under pressure;

8.Maintain a pleasant and productive working atmosphere; maintain composure and work effectively even when under pressure;

9.Keep all relevant parties informed of all major issues and to recommend changes as appropriate;

10.Act on behalf of the branch or department supervisor as necessary.
Skill in:
1.Operating relevant computer systems, including hardware and software; current audio-visual equipment; and office machines.
Education and Experience:
1.Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited university;

2.No experience necessary;
Physical and Environmental Conditions:
Work occurs in a normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature, and air conditions.  Normally seated, standing or walking at will.  Frequently required to sit, stand and walk, talk or hear and to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  Physical activity requires occasional stooping and bending and daily lifting of library materials, supplies, etc. up to 50 pounds; some positions may require pushing book carts weighing up to 150 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Requires repetitive motion in the operation of a computer. 
Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, libraries, meeting and training rooms, e.g., use of safe work place practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire and building safety regulations.   Position may require some travel throughout the library service area.  May require working evening and weekend shifts.  Interaction with library staff, library customers, other libraries, agencies and organizations, or vendors will be necessary to provide and receive information, present programs, or resolve situations or problems.  There may be some exposure to angry or hostile individuals.

A valid Class C California Drivers License may be required for some positions at the time of appointment.
The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. 
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate is passionate about literacy and community partnerships, understands that early literacy is critical to building healthy communities and genuinely loves serving diverse populations.

Supplemental Questions

Question 1 - Tell us about your experience providing library services to children and/or young adults. If you do not have direct work experience, tell us what coursework, projects or internships you took as part of your MLS program that prepared you to provide library services to Children and Young Adults. Which group you are most passionate about serving and why?
Question 2 - What steps would you take to encourage young adults to become lifelong library users?
Question 3 - Tell us about your experience as it relates to Summer Reading programs. What elements comprise a successful program and why?