FINAL DATE FOR FILING: Continuous
Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on May 6, 2019 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."
The San Mateo County Library System is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Systems Librarian I/II - Access Services. Apply for a Librarian position with San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) and join us in igniting growth through transformative experiences.
San Mateo County Libraries are an invaluable community resource, an amazing family, a springboard for opportunities, and our staff are what makes it so special. We're champions of learning, sharing, and exploration -- of open minds, new ideas, and bright futures. It's our mission and our passion to strengthen our community by creating an inclusive sense of place and an environment for learning. We seek enthusiastic team players, creative risk takers, and flexible individuals who proactively search for new opportunities to make public library services relevant to all members of the community.
Under general direction, the Systems Librarian I/II will have:
- Professional knowledge and technical background with Millennium/Sierra, including the ability to generate reports, create scripts, etc.
- Professional understanding and knowledge of cataloging procedures and principles including but not limited to: AACR2, RDA, LCRI, LCPS, LC classification, LCSH, MARC bibliographic and authority formats.
- Leadership and continuing implementation of San Mateo County Libraries' word-based classification system, Findit!
- Maintaining an awareness of developments in general cataloging issues and standards, metadata standards, and librarianship in working with print, serials, digital, e-materials and evolving formats.
- Work in a public services capacity as needed.
The ideal candidate will also have the ability to:
- Provide excellent customer service to patrons of any age.
- Select, evaluate, and weed library materials of all formats systemwide.
- Visualize, plan, and deliver non-traditional and innovative library services that benefit the needs of the community, both inside and outside of our buildings.
- Take responsibility for a specific program area either working out of a library or administration offices, while maintaining the flexibility to work in a variety of different capacities depending on evolving community needs
- Bring an innovative, creative approach to library programs and services, helping San Mateo County Libraries provide surprising and delightful experiences to our communities
- Plan, develop, and implement trainings for coworkers based on library priorities
- Manage multiple projects simultaneously and contribute to systemwide projects, task forces, and committees
- Establish cooperative working relationships with community members, various community services providers, and library staff
- Use technology as a tool, staying on top of new technology trends
- Take initiative, working independently and with others
- Exhibit leadership skills, and work in a collaborative, fun environment
- Assist in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers
- Assist patrons with circulation activities
- Provide operational support in resolving patron complaints and in troubleshooting technology
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Because of the diversity of the communities we serve, bilingual language skills are preferred (but not required) for this position. Specifically, we seek applicants with the ability to read, write, and speak fluently in English and another language. Fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish is preferred.
SAN MATEO COUNTY LIBRARIES
San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of the County of San Mateo, a service area with approximately 279,000 residents, 65% of whom have library cards. Named a four-star library by Library Journal for the 11th consecutive year, SMCL ranked 4th in California among similar peer libraries. The 2.2 million visitors to SMCL libraries last year checked out more than 3.4 million materials and accessed public computers for more than 230,000 hours. Annually, over 12,000 programs and activities are provided to more than 329,000 children, teens, and adults. From book clubs to bike clinics, video game design to resume workshops, salsa tastings to Mid-Autumn Festivals, San Mateo County Libraries provides a variety of exciting library programs and events for our diverse communities. For more information about San Mateo County Libraries, please visit www.smcl.org.
NOTE: This is a limited term, at-will position. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan.
Education: Master of Library Science or recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university is required.
- Library purposes, organization, techniques, and procedures.
- Principles of library materials selection.
- In-depth reference and bibliographic resources.
- Library classification, cataloging, and filing systems.
- Current general and/or children's literature.
- A specialized program area.
- Supervisory principles and practices.
- Composition of the community and its needs.
- General practices and uses of computers and computer information systems.
- Automated library functions.
- Peninsula Library System and related policies and procedures.
- Plan and supervise the work of staff.
- Train staff in specialized areas.
- Develop library programs/projects.
- Establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff, the public, and community groups.
- Communicating effectively orally and in writing.
- Instruct others in the use of library materials.
- Conduct individual user needs assessments.
Language Skills: Bilingual language skills, specifically English/Spanish and/or English/Chinese (Cantonese and/or Mandarin) are preferred but not required.
Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.
This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.
Application materials will be reviewed after the final filing date and well-qualified candidates will be contacted by the department for an interview. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.
IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply". If you are not on the County's website, please go to https://jobs.smcgov.org to apply.
Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.
At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.
~ RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE ~
Final Filing Date: Continuous
Application Screening: TBD
The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Analyst: Christina Chan (041819) (Librarian I/II – K001/K002)