Human Resource Services
Alameda Skyline

Librarian II

Recruitment #19-4140-01


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. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



The Alameda County Library provides library services from ten libraries in the cities of Albany, Dublin, Fremont, Newark and Union City and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. Additional services are provided through Mobile and Outreach Services, Education and Literacy Services, and Social Justice Services.

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:


Librarian II is the journey-level position and specializes in general reference, children’s services, young adult services, or technical services. They may perform more difficult reference work than Librarian I’s and may have responsibility for general reference or the direction and day-to-day operation of a children’s or young adult program in a branch library.  


Technical Services

We are looking for a confident and highly motivated individual who shows a deep interest and passion for cataloging while keeping user search needs in mind. This candidate will work in Technical Services, focusing on copy and original cataloging for materials in a variety of formats and dozens of international languages. Will work closely with the Cataloging Manager, assisting in database maintenance, authority control, answering inquiries from staff and patrons, and other duties as needed.

Social Justice Services

Social Justice Services provides library programs, services, and materials to marginalized populations with reduced access to traditional libraries. We currently offer services at Santa Rita and Glenn Dyer Jails, Juvenile Justice Center and Camp Wilmont Sweeney, Family Justice Center via District Attorney’s Office, Abode Sunrise Village Emergency Homeless Shelter, and the Fremont Family Resource Center. Social Justice Services also coordinates the Library’s Summer Lunch @ the Library Program and is continuing to seek out new opportunities to serve these communities. The Library is currently seeking two librarians, one (1) full-time librarian and one (1) part-time librarian with a passion for working with underserved and marginalized populations, who have strong readers advisory skills, and excel in planning library programs. Librarians serving in Social Justice Services will need to be able to follow policies and procedures in secure environments, demonstrate an ability to remain calm and clear-headed in intense environments, and work in partnership with sworn and non-sworn staff across all departments served. 

Community Libraries

Librarians assigned to a Community Library provide direct service within the diverse communities of Alameda County to support the Library’s mission. Librarians in a Community Library work with members of all ages and backgrounds and are generally assigned to focus on a specific population. Librarians work collaboratively with internal and external partners and perform professional work in outreach, program development, reference and readers advisory, and other duties as assigned. 


The ideal candidate is willing to work at any location throughout the Alameda County Library.  This includes, but is not limited to the Albany, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Fremont Neighborhood, Newark, San Lorenzo, and Union City locations. Technical Services and Social Justice Services are headquartered in the Library Administration building in Fremont.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

·        Engages with all levels of library employees and celebrates the diversity of library patrons of all backgrounds.

·        Driven to explore and develop evidence-based best practices.

·        Possesses excellent command of oral and written communication.

·        Assists in the setting and implementing of unit/branch goals, objectives, services, and procedures.

·        Works as a member of a team or committee to accomplish stated goals and deliver effective results.

·        Establishes and maintains credibility with the public, partners, customers, and co-workers

·        Adapts quickly and easily when experiencing changes in work responsibilities, work environment, processes or cultures.

·        Familiar with fundamentals of planning, presenting and evaluating library programs.

·        Understands social media and new technology suitable for a Library environment to maximize the organizational and individual impact.

·        Exercises excellent judgment and composure in explaining policy and procedures.

·        Makes the best use of time and resources when working independently.


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 one-year recent responsible full-time, professional library experience.


The equivalent of one year full-time experience in the class of Librarian I in the Alameda County Library system.


The equivalent of six months of full-time experience in the class of Librarian I in the Alameda County Library system,


The equivalent of one year of recent paid full-time professional library experience.

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

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:



Deadline for Filing:

5:00 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2019

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

February 25, 2019

Best Qualified Screening:

Week of March 11, 2019

Panel Oral Interviews:

Week of March 25, 2019





*If designated as a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, the oral interviews may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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 & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • 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.



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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure 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. 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 job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

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

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer