Placer Employment Opportunities

Library Clerk - Senior

Recruitment #2017-12604-03


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, westward through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn. For more information about Placer County, please visit


The Placer County Library is seeking a self-motivated and flexible individual with outstanding customer service skills to fill a Senior Library Clerk vacancy in the Auburn area.  The current vacancy is a permanent part-time position, but the list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies as they arise, including full-time positions.  Schedules vary, and include some weekends and evenings. Incumbents may also be required to provide coverage to multiple locations.

To learn more about the Placer County Library Department click here.


To perform a variety of responsible library duties associated with operation of a small branch library; exercises functional and technical supervision over assigned library support staff and volunteers. 


This is the advanced journey level class within the Library Clerk series.  This class is distinguished from the Library Clerk – Journey by the assignment of the full range of duties associated with the operation of a small branch library of the County’s Library system or provision of children services when assigned.  


Receive general supervision from the Assistant Director and Director of Library Services or from the Children’s Librarian in the provision of children’s library services when assigned to the children’s services program. 
Exercises technical and functional supervision over clerical positions, library pages, aides and volunteers.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, assign and coordinate the work of support staff including volunteers; provide technical and functional supervision to assigned staff. 
  • Maintains logs and files relating to acquisition of books, materials, supplies and maintenance contracts; recommends appropriate expenditures. 
  • Represent the Department to outside groups and organizations.
  • Check library materials in and out; maintain circulation and patron database; prepare materials for circulation. 
  • Shelve library materials and review library shelves for proper order.
  • Compute, collect, receipt and record monies collected for overdue, lost or damaged materials. 
  • Assist customers in using library services and in understanding the arrangement and location of library materials or provides technical assistance as necessary. 
  • Register new borrowers and issue library cards; enter customer requests for materials. 
  • Select and order new materials; maintain collection including weeding shelves of outdated materials and performing skilled mending; maintain and monitor budget for new orders. 
  • Establish, maintain and compile statistics on library activities and materials used. 
  • Perform general clerical duties as necessary and operate library related office equipment. 
  • Keep library neat and clean and set up and maintain displays. 
  • Conduct various special activities such as story hours, summer reading programs, classroom visits and various outreach functions. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience: Three years of responsible experience performing a broad range of duties
operating a library, bookstore or small business which provides the candidate with the possession of practical knowledge needed to operate and/or manage a branch library or provide library children services when assigned.  

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of: 

  • Methods of conducting storytelling for children.
  • Standard library practices, techniques and terminology.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Principles and practices of customer service and reception techniques.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and/or stand at counter for long periods of time.  Intermittently bend, twist, kneel or squat while shelving, opening boxes, or moving equipment; twist and reach office equipment; see and read print; write and use keyboard to communicate and to enter circulation and collection data; perform simple and power grasping and fine manipulation; lift moderate weight.
  • Intermittently, review documents related to library operations; observe, identify and problem solve library operations and procedures; understand, interpret and explain library policies and procedures.
  • Learn policies and procedures of the department.
  • Independently perform routine circulation, collection and reference duties.
  • Perform a variety of library work with speed and accuracy, including use of automated library system.
  • Conduct storytelling activities when providing children services program activities.
  • Train and oversee library aides, pages and volunteers.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain information through interviews; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruptions.
  • Work weekend and evening shifts as assigned.
  • Use automated library system, computer, internet, calculator, typewriter, telephone, fax machine, copier machine, and other library related equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.


All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and those in management and confidential groups, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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