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City of Alameda, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900
Close Date: Nov 26, 2012
Salary: $22.13 - $31.13 Hourly


Under direction, performs professional library work involved in modern public library operations including reference, branch, children or adult services; performs other related work as required.  This is the entry level class in the professional librarian series.


  1. Provides reference and readers' guidance; assists and advises readers in making effective use of library facilities; maintains order and discipline in the observance of Library rules and regulations.

  2. Promotes reader interest and full use of library resources.

  3. Administers library services including access of information via electronic information retrieval systems and online catalogs, such as Internet.

  4. Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of library programs and services.

  5. Selects, orders, classifies and catalogs books, pamphlets and other materials.

  6. Organizes, maintains and indexes a variety of reference materials; makes bibliographic searches; maintains and updates catalog files.

  7. Prepares and maintains statistical records; prepares various reports.

  8. Reads and writes book reviews.        

  9. May supervise, train and evaluate or provide lead direction and training to technical and clerical personnel and volunteers.


Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Education/Experience & Other Requirements

  1. Graduation from an American Library Association accredited college or university with a Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Services Degree.

  2. No experience required, however, one year of professional library experience is desirable.

  3. Selected positions require possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.

  4. Willingness and/or ability to work rotating and/or irregular shifts, including nights, weekends and to adjust work schedules as needed.


Knowledge of modern public library organization, objectives, services and their application; principles, laws, policies, methods, and practices of public library administration; modern library equipment operation, including electronic information retrieval systems and online catalogs; library classification, circulation, and cataloging; reference techniques and practices; collection development; and library materials.


Ability to effectively perform professional library work; promote interest in library services; assist in developing and implementing library programs and services which meet community needs; perform technical library tasks and operate computerized and other library equipment with speed and accuracy; interpret, apply and explain established policies and procedures; establish and maintain accurate records; plan, administer and evaluate work programs and schedules; interpret and analyze information; clearly define problems and develop solutions; prepare reports; set priorities, meet deadlines and make sound decisions; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public and supervise, train and evaluate assigned clerical staff.


AGENCY SHOP:  Employees in this classification, as a condition of employment, must agree to union membership or payment of an "in lieu" service fee or equivalent contribution to a designated charity.



PART I:     A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam. 


PART II:    An evaluation of those applications and Supplemental Questionnaires to select those best qualified to continue in the exam.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM CONSIDERATION.

PART III:   A Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%).  A brief written or practical exercise may be conducted in conjunction with the Qualifications Appraisal Interview.  The panel will conduct a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List.  The five (5) names highest on the list are certified to the department(s) having vacancies.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application date.  Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted and may include a credit check.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head.  Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, such as driver’s license, original Social Security card, US passport, or appropriate INS forms, etc.


1.     Apply ONLINE at


2.     Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501

Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application.  


VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.



The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary for this position can be found under Alameda City Employees Association.

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