Tuesday, March 29, 2016

San Jose – City of San Jose – Cataloging Librarian (I/II)

 Url: https://goo.gl/iox3s3  Job ID 4935

Closing Date: 4/4/16

Salary: $66664.00 - $81099.20

San Jose Public Library is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. A proud recipient of the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award, the library is an acknowledged leader in providing innovative services to meet changing customer needs. The San Jose Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information.

Position and Duties

The San José Public Library System (SJPL) invites applications for the position of Cataloging Librarian I/II. A Cataloging Librarian I/II performs professional librarian duties including original and copy cataloging in multiple languages, database maintenance and authority control, as well as data extraction and data analysis. The ability to prioritize and work independently is vital. This position functions also as a Lead and resource for our Copy Cataloging staff, which are under the direct supervision of a Library Assistant.

Candidates preferably should have:

·        Knowledge of library materials and formats in general use
·        Knowledge of library methods, procedures, and practices
·        Knowledge of tools and trends in Cataloging and Collection Development
·        Knowledge of current Technical Services trends and practices
·        Knowledge of eResource management
·        Knowledge of shelf-ready materials set-up and management
·        Knowledge of vendor communications best practices

As with all librarians in the system, the person in this position may be performing a variety of professional librarian duties, which may include providing direction assistance to library customers in the location of information and library materials; service as a resource for children, young adults, adults and library staff; working with community groups to promote understanding; use and support of library service activities; analyzing, interpreting and answering reference questions; and leading or training the work of a clerical and technical staff as assigned.

This position may include evenings or weekends.

The ideal candidate for this position will understand, support, practice and promote the San José Way of library innovation and the Mission, Vision, & Values statements of the City of San José and the San José Public Library; demonstrate leadership and a commitment to active customer service; have knowledge of current library technology and trends; have experience working with a diverse community and staff; and enjoy working in a fast-paced, innovative team environment. Our librarians are community leaders, using their professional skills in finding ways to keep the library in the forefront of providing the information, lifelong learning, and recreational diversions people need to lead better lives. The job description enumerates the range of duties expected, but above all we are looking for flexible, service-oriented, friendly, and smart librarians, proud of their profession and wanting to make a difference and keep growing in their chosen profession.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

We encourage Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 Master Degree in Library Science Candidates to apply.

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to: 

1.  Education: A Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university.
2.  Experience: Librarian I - None; Librarian II - Minimum one year of full-time professional library experience.
3.  Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/ technical principles and practices, citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

The Cataloging Librarian will have experience with:

·        Original and copy cataloging
·        Authority control and database maintenance
·        Cataloging a variety of types of materials, including print, media and digital, in English and other languages.
·        Cataloging principles and practices, including OCLC and the Dewey Decimal System
·        Creating original cataloging in different formats using MARC21, AACR2 and Library of Congress subject headings
·        Familiarity with OCLC, Innovative Interfaces¿ Sierra system and Create Lists, SQL, and RDA preferred.

Customer Service - approaches problem-solving by focusing on customers first; advocates for customer results point of view; demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner.

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - demonstrates a positive attitude and flexibility along with the ability to develop effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Technology Use/Management - uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness.

Initiative - exhibits self-directed, resourceful and creative behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility or workload and accept challenges; pursue continuing educational opportunities which promote enhanced job performance.

Project Management - ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.

Leadership - leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, provides information with clear reasonable expectations and follows through.

Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.

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