Thursday, January 29, 2015

City of Santa Monica - Librarian III Branch Services (Bilingual)

OPENING DATE: 01/26/15
CLOSING DATE: 02/19/15 05:30 PM
JOB SUMMARY:  Performs professional library duties and administrative functions relative to the operations of a library branch. Supervises staff engaged in providing a variety of services to library users.
NOTE: The eligibility list established for this classification will be used to fill one (1) Spanish/English full-time permanent Librarian III - Branch Services position.

  • Oversees the day-to-day operation of a library branch, including coordination of programs and services, communication with the public, delivery of customer service and facility management.
  • Supervises the work of staff engaged in providing various library services. Selects, schedules, trains, reviews and evaluates work of librarians, paraprofessional and clerical staff.  Promotes quality customer service.
  • Assists customers in the use of the Library. Recommends, selects and locates library materials appropriate to library users’ needs and developmental level.  Provides instructions in the use of various print and electronic resources. Develops, designs and inputs web content into Library websites.
  • Prepares, administers, and monitors the budget for a library branch. Allocates funds and monitors expenditures.
  • Provides information to library users in person, by telephone, through e-mail and by on-line interaction.
  • Attends and participates in a variety of meetings. Makes public presentations and represents the Library on committees and at various professional meetings.
  • Responds to various inquiries and complaints from the public. Interprets and explains library policies and procedures to staff and patrons.
  • Promotes library services, events, programs and collections using accepted marketing and merchandising techniques. Prepares grant requests and implements grants related to program and collection development. Monitors grant expenditures and prepared reports.
  • Keeps abreast of developments and trends in library services, collection development, maintenance and promotion, print and electronic publishing, programming, automation and related areas and makes recommendations for changes, as appropriate.
  • Maintains records and prepares a variety of statistical and analytical reports.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices and procedures of public librarianship.
  • Classifying and cataloging procedures and principles including Library of Congress Subject Headings, the Dewey Decimal Classification System, Alpha Numeric System for Collection of Recording Classification System (ANSCR).
  • Library, reference and database resources.
  • Principles and practices of library materials acquisition.
  • Conservation and preservation techniques for library material.
  • Automated library systems, emerging library technologies, office automation software and applicable computer software applications and online databases.
  • Budget development and management.
  • Principles and practices of supervision and training.
  • Effective supervisory techniques.
  • Effective customer service techniques.

Ability to:
  • Plan, supervise and coordinate the activities of a library.
  • Select, train and evaluate employees.
  • Promote interest in library services.
  • Develop and conduct training programs.
  • Use complex computer programs and systems.
  • Learn and implement new procedures and technology.
  • Act as a resource to staff and library users.
  • Analyze and solve technical problems.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Work productively with individuals and groups of varying levels of technical expertise.
  • Work effectively in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.
  • Prepare written reports and training manuals.
  • Provide effective customer service.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees, vendors, contractors and the general public.

Skill in:
  • Leadership and supervision.
  • Conducting research.
  • The use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Working effectively with persons from diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds.

Education, Training and Experience
  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university.
  • Four years of recent, paid progressively responsible work experience as a professional librarian.   At least two of the four years must have included supervising or coordinating the work of others.
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a valid Class C driver license. Bilingual skills are desirable.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must file clear, concise, and complete City Application along with the required supplemental application and supplemental materials with the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline. Postmarks will not be accepted
NOTE: You must submit a copy of your college level transcripts or diploma with your application if you wish to use education to qualify for the position. Applicants who indicated receipt of degree from a foreign institution must provide United States degree and credential equivalency verification along with a copy of your college diploma or transcripts. All materials must be received in the Human Resources Department no later than close of business on the application closing date. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified. You may upload and attach a scanned copy of your transcripts or diploma to your on-line application, or send a copy to, or fax a copy to the attention of Rosie Cruz at (310) 656-5705.

SELECTION PROCESS: All applicants will be reviewed and only those determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Testing will consist of the following:
Oral Interview: 100%
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.
NOTE: If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City's civil service rules and regulations, can decline to use a promotional list, in which case a promotional list will not be established for this position.
1685 Main Street, Room 101
P.O. Box 2200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Position #150843-01
Supplemental Questionnaire
*1. Describe your experience supervising or coordinating the work of others. Please be specific regarding your supervision duties and responsibilities, including number and level of employees supervised.
*2. Describe the role of a branch library in supporting the overall mission of a progressive municipal library system.
*3. Describe your experience planning, organizing and implementing library services in the following areas: programming, outreach, technology-based services and marketing.
*4. Are you bilingual in Spanish? Yes ____ No ____ (Certification to a bilingual position shall require proof of proficiency)
Yes Yes     No No
*5. The Librarian III – Branch Services (Bilingual) position requires a Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university. Do you meet this requirement? YES_____  NO______ (Note: If YES, you must submit a copy of your college-level transcripts or degree copy. Applicants who indicate receipt of college-level coursework from a foreign institution must provide United States credential equivalency verification along with a copy of your transcripts. All materials must be received in the Human Resources Department no later than close of business on the application closing date. You may upload a copy of your college diploma or transcripts to your electronic application, or send a scanned copy of your college diploma or transcripts to, or fax a copy to Rosie Cruz at (310) 656-5705. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified.)
Yes Yes     No No

 * Required Question

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