Saturday, May 26, 2018

Librarian I

Recruitment #17-4130-02


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended. Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted online.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


The Alameda County Library is looking for qualified and innovative candidates to fill several Librarian I vacancies at various branches as well as in positions serving incarcerated populations through the Library’s Social Justice Services unit. While part time and full time candidates are needed in assignments focusing on service to children, teens, and adults, the largest number of vacancies are in service to children. Incumbents in these positions will develop creative age-appropriate services for children, teens, and adults respectively, as well as conduct outreach throughout the community to enhance and market library services. While the list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the immediate vacancies, this list may also be used to fill vacancies that may arise in the future in the Alameda County Library.


The Alameda County Library provides library services from ten branch libraries in the cities of Albany, Dublin, Fremont, Newark and Union City and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. Outreach services are provided through the Bookmobile, the Literacy Program, the Senior Outreach Program, and the County Jails.

The County Library was established in 1910 and is governed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The Alameda County Library Advisory Commission advises County Librarian, Cynthia Chadwick, and the Board of Supervisors on library services.

The County Library is funded primarily by local property taxes, with additional revenue from State grants and contracts with cities for additional open hours and services.

The Board of Supervisors allocates a portion of a utility users and business license tax which is collected only in the unincorporated areas of the County to the Library for service to the unincorporated areas. The Alameda County Library Foundation and active Friends of the Library or Library League groups in each community support library programs and services. To learn more about the Alameda County Library, please visit their website at:


Under general supervision, Librarian I’s provide professional services for library patrons or assist in the operation of a library; may be assigned to general reference, children’s services, young adult services or technical services; and do related work as required.


The ideal candidate is willing to work at any location throughout the Alameda County Library.  This includes the Albany, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Newark, San Lorenzo and Union City locations.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will possess the following attributes, and have demonstrated a successful track record in:      

  • Understands social media and new technology suitable for a Library environment to maximize the organizational and individual impact.
  • Possesses excellent command of oral and written communication.
  • Driven to explore and develop evidence-based best practices.
  • Familiar with fundamentals of planning, presenting and evaluating library programs.
  • Engages with all levels of library employees and celebrates the diversity of library patrons of all backgrounds.
  • Works as a member of a team or committee to accomplish stated goals and deliver effective results.
  • Adapts quickly and easily when experiencing changes in work responsibilities, work environment, processes or cultures.
  • Assists in the setting and implementing of unit/branch goals, objectives, services, and procedures.
  • Establishes and maintains credibility with the public, partners, customers, and co-workers


Either I

Possession of a Master's Degree in Library Science awarded by a school of librarianship accredited by the American Library Association.


The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as a Library Assistant II in the Alameda County Library system.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of librarianship, including those for bibliographic entry, reference work and cataloging.
• Public library programs and their relationship to community needs.
• Books, periodicals in general use, CD-ROMS, on-line reference and bibliographic sources and reference books, and common indexing services.
• Electronic information sources (e-mail, Internet, etc.).
• Library business methods, procedures, and practices.


• Analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Planning and organization skills.
• Decision-making skills.
• Oral communication skills.
• Written communication skills.
• Interpersonal skills.
• Classification and cataloging of library materials.
• Basic computer literacy.
• Flexibility.



1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.

3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan




Deadline for Filing:

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Best Qualified Screening:

Panel Oral Interviews*:

5:00 p.m., Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Week of November 6, 2017

Week of December 4, 2017



Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Jordan Grow, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda