San Mateo

Librarian I/II (20173627)

San Francisco/Peninsula
11/29/2021 at 5pm or until 75 applicants
$34.30-$45.02 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


55 West 3rd Avenue San Mateo, 94402


The City of San Mateo Library Department is looking for a Librarian I/II

We invite applications for the position of Librarian I/II

Librarian I $34.30 to $40.89 per hour

Librarian II $37.73 to $45.02 per hour

Plus a comprehensive benefits package


Recruitment will close (EXTENDED): Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 75 applications, résumés,  and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.

Why Join our Department?

The San Mateo Public Library is seeking two full-time Librarians. One position will work primarily at the Marina Branch Library and the other position will work primarily in the Children’s Division of the Main Library. Marina Library is a branch of the San Mateo Public Library. The building, located in the Parkside neighborhood, opened in 1966. The Main Library, is a dynamic community resource and destination located in downtown San Mateo.


The San Mateo Public Library provides library services to residents of the City of San Mateo and the Town of Hillsborough and is part of the Peninsula Library System (PLS), a consortium of public library jurisdictions and community college libraries in San Mateo County.  The San Mateo Public Library is also part of the Pacific Library Partnership, a consolidation of four library systems in the greater Bay Area of Northern California. The San Mateo Public Library consists of a Main Library and two neighborhood branch libraries.


Branch Library Position

The ideal candidate for the Marina Branch Library will be a creative, energetic, and highly motivated person with a passion for working with library visitors of all ages, while bringing fresh and original ideas for tailoring our services to meet the specific needs of the local community.  Our candidate will also collaborate on special events and other projects with a dynamic team of professional and para-professional staff. Under the supervision of the Supervising Librarian of the Branches, the successful candidate will work as a generalist, providing reference and reader's advisory services to both children and adults, presenting an engaging array of programs, and promoting library events and services in the local community.


Main Library Position – Children’s Services

The ideal candidate for the Children’s Division of the Main Library will be a high energy person with a passion for working with children, families, and their adult caregivers, and understand the public library’s unique role in supporting them. They feel comfortable in a dynamic, busy library space where they regularly practice their librarian skills by presenting storytimes, STEM/Makerspace programs, school age programs, family and parent workshops, reader’s advisory and so much more. This candidate will work with a team of professional and paraprofessional staff dedicated to serving the youngest members of our community and their families under the supervision of the Supervising Librarian of Children’s and Literacy Services. The successful candidate will provide excellent customer services to all members of the community providing both programming and reference services, communicating what the library has to offer, and engaging with the community inside and outside the library space.

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The Librarian I/II position is flexibly staffed based on experience.

What You’ll Do

  • Advise and assist library patrons; demonstrate the use of on-line library catalogs, databases and other user aids; refer patrons to other appropriate agencies if appropriate.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services in such areas as children, adult, and others using various themes and technologies; recommend program and procedure changes.
  • Perform outreach to the community, community organizations, and schools within established design and framework.
  • Serve on materials selection committee for the library; select and deselect materials for assigned area; evaluate and remove materials from the collection.
  • Serve at a reference desk; research and respond to difficult or technical reference questions.
  • Attend and represent the library at professional meetings as required.
  • Supervise and train assigned staff.
  • Compile library activity reports and statistics related to assignment.
  • Participate in department meetings and continuing education programs as appropriate.
  • Respond to citizen complaints and requests.
  • Design and implement special ongoing programs, services and events.
  • Assist in preparing and monitoring budget and grant programs.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor training programs.
  • Design and analyze statistical reports.
  • Administer grant projects.
  • For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

Ideal Candidate

Who You Are

  • You possess knowledge of Policies, procedures, and functions of a library system; Principles and practices of professional library work including methods, practices, and techniques of library classification and cataloging; Reference methods, techniques, and sources used in library work; Materials and services available in public libraries; Computerized cataloging and bibliographic databases and rules for entry of material;
  • You possess the ability to Perform professional library tasks in the areas of reference, cataloging, or children's and adult services; Assist library patrons in response to reference and related library questions; Operate computerized cataloging and bibliographic databases; Implement and enforce library and City policies and procedures; Work well with the public; Work weekends and shifts as assigned; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Work independently; Supervise and train subordinates.

What You Bring

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Librarian I:

  • Possession of a Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited college or university.

Librarian II (In addition to the Librarian I qualifications):

  • Two years of professional library experience comparable to that of a Librarian I in the City of San Mateo.

Bonus Points:

  • Bilingual Skills: Spanish and/or Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)

ADA Special Requirement:

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to work in a standard library environment: ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, and twist.



What We Offer

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement (2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members). Classic employees contribute 7.96% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS with participation in the Social Security Program
  • Deferred Comp: 1% City contribution
  • Retirement Health Savings: City will contribute 0.75% of base salary
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Differential $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • This classification is represented by the Service Employees International Unit

Special Instructions

Are You Ready?  Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé (required) and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.



Application Deadline (Extended):

Recruitment will close by Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 75 applications, résumés, and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.


Examination Process

All applications, résumés (required) and responses to supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. A fully completed application is required; a resume does not replace the information required on the employment application, including work history. Applications with "see résumé" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with none or unclear current/past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed. A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these, tentatively scheduled for December 14, 2021.

An employment list will be established from those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least 6 months with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months. Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted (Revised):

November 8, 2021

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from:

Fine Print: Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the deadline for the part of the process requiring accommodations. Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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