Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ventura County Library - Librarian Specialist Children - Full Time

Librarian Specialist - Children

SALARY RANGE (approx.) $23.53 - $32.93 Hour; $4,077.75 - $5,707.46; Monthly $48,932.96 - $68,489.54 Annually

FINAL FILING DATE: Applications must be received by the County of Ventura Human Resources no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

  • Under direction, performs skilled professional library work of a specialized nature in the area of youth program services.  Work may be performed evenings, weekends, and/or irregular hours.  The current vacancy is a regular full time vacancy at the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura.
  •  The ideal candidate will have a strong customer service orientation and have the ability to develop and deliver excellent library services in a welcoming service environment; be able to communicate well with children of any age; understand principles and practices of early literacy; be able to model respect, empathy, tact, discretion, and diplomacy; and work effectively as an integral member of the Library's team.

Some positions may be eligible for a bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department. In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.

Examples Of Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Plans, organizes and conducts youth programs designed to interest and familiarize youth in use of library materials;
  • Provides customer service in reference and resources, readers advisory, computer lab and online resources; 
  • Plans, publicizes, and implements story times and other library programs;
  • Collaborates with schools and other community groups; conducts school class visits;  
  • Trains and may supervise library staff and volunteers in use of reference searches, Internet, and aspects of reference service;
  • Interprets and communicates library policies and programs to staff, patrons and community groups;
  • Performs best practices in collection development;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS: These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

  • Comprehensive experience in library operations which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. The required knowledge, skills and abilities also can be obtained by the equivalent to a completion of a Master's degree in library science and two (2) years professional library work experience in an area of youth related library programs or services.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of: Library methods, techniques and procedures used in cataloging, reference services, children and youth services, and collection development;
  • Trends in library practices; wide variety of literature, reference and resource material;
  • Bibliographic works used in public libraries; and library and office automation.

Working ability to:
  • Develop and maintain relevant collections and programs;
  • Evaluate community needs and develop best methods for providing library services in area of specialization;
  • Exercise effective interpersonal skills dealing with the public and staff;
  • Instruct and train library staff and others;
  • Evaluate materials and information used in library programs.

Considerable skills in:
  • Delivery excellent customer service;
  • Researching and utilizing various types of publications, resources, etc.;
  • Effectively and respectfully communicating with the public including children of any age.

  • Master's degree in Library Science;
  • Three (3) years or more of experience in library youth services;
  • Three (3) years or more of experience in collection for youth;
  • Demonstrated experience in public outreach and advocating library services in the community;
  • Experience with forming and fostering relationships with community leaders.

Must possess at the time of appointment, and maintain thereafter, a valid California driver license.
Must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings.

Supplemental Information:
Work is primarily performed in a public library environment.

  • To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Ave., L-1970, Ventura CA 93009.
  • Applicants must provide sufficient information under the Education/Work Experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above-referenced sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

NOTE: If there is a high number of qualified applicants, a comparative screening will be conducted to determine which of the applicants will be selected for invitation to the oral examination. Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to criteria that most closely meets the needs of the department, so it is essential that applicants provide as much detail as possible and answer all parts of the application and supplemental questions.

  • A job-related Oral Examination will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating candidates' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Candidates must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.
  • If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, an oral examination will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.
  • Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

Applicants may be subjected to a thorough background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record. For those classifications that are subject to Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing regulations, incumbents will be tested prior to driving a commercial vehicle and may be randomly tested thereafter.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Katie McKinney by e-mail at or by telephone at (805) 654-2629.

ORAL EXAMINATION: Week of March 30, 2015
SELECTION INTERVIEWS: Week of April 6, 2015
SELECTION NOTICES: Week of April 13, 2015

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