Librarian Ii

County of Santa Clara
Full Time $85,042 - $102,949 Per year CA Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051, United States Apply before 7/5/2024 11:59


Under supervision, to perform professional library work.

This Librarian II position is an alternately staffed position and may be filled at the Librarian I or Librarian II level. Candidates must submit a separate application for each level that they are interested in. 

Typical Tasks

  • Provides patrons library services including evaluating needs, assisting in locating books and materials and responding to inquiries;
  • Offers reader advisory services;
  • Informs patrons regarding library facilities, policies and procedures;
  • Participates in identifying the needs of the community;
  • Participates in evaluating current collection and selecting and discarding library materials, as well as ordering materials within prescribed budget;
  • Develops subject expertise;
  • Learns sources of information and locates specific information;
  • Answers reference questions;
  • Develops specialized library programs for specific patron groups;
  • Speaks at schools and to community groups regarding library programs and resources;
  • May conduct book talks and story times and perform puppet shows;
  • Designs displays and exhibits;
  • Participates in organizing the physical interior of the library;
  • Compiles bibliographies, book lists and other resource lists;
  • Communicates effectively in writing in responding to patron inquiries, preparing reports, or creating content for library blogs or website;
  • Provides outreach services to communities;
  • Familiarizes and trains library patrons in the use of digital materials; promotes reading and use of digital resources for all ages;
  • Assists and trains users to operate public equipment, connect to the internet, use library software applications, and access library services from remote locations;
  • Uses information discovery tools, including the library's catalog, core library databases, and internet search engines;
  • Performs basic troubleshooting of technical problems and resolves or appropriately refers those problems;
  • Accesses and uses basic assistive technologies, where appropriate, to ensure that all users have equitable access to technology;
  • May participate in supervising and training lower level staff and volunteers; may arrange employee work schedules;
  • Participates in District-wide committees, work teams, and projects;
  • Keeps abreast of professional trends and developments, including technology;
  • Participates in professional organizations and attends workshops and meetings;
  • Compiles selection aid book lists for use in community libraries;
  • Interprets cataloging and classification rules and practices for other staff;
  • Conducts original cataloging as needed;
  • May supervise work flow of the technical services unit;
  • May assist in providing information to information systems staff and/or vendors to achieve compatibility with Santa Clara County Library computer systems;
  • Consults with publishers' representatives concerning acquisition problems and programs;
  • Participates in needs assessment and in establishing or modifying procedures for acquisitions, cataloging and/or processing;
  • May have in-charge responsibility for the library and for resolving routine operating problems, in the absence of a Supervising Librarian or Community Librarian;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards

Possession of a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or its recognized equivalent from a library school accredited by the American Library Association


Nine (9) months of professional full-time library experience at a level comparable to Librarian I with Santa Clara County Library.

Possession of a valid California Drivers License prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County Drivers Permit.

Knowledge of:
  • Library tools, methods and procedures;
  • A wide variety of reading material;
  • Library reference materials;
  • Principles and procedures of reference used to locate specific topics;
  • Classification and cataloging systems and principles;
  • Planning, organizing and implementing children's, adult and young adult programs to meet patron needs;
  • Basic computer operations needed to access library networks, applications, software, and productivity tools;
  • Digital devices such as personal computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and eBook readers used by patrons to access library services;
  • Common office software applications such as email, word processing and internet browser;
  • Principles and techniques of book selection and evaluation to establish balanced library collections;
  • Library services, programs and policies which serve the community;
  • Principles of supervision;
  • Monitoring budgets;
  • Effective training techniques.
Ability to:
  • Serve a wide variety of individuals to promote library programs and meet the needs of library patrons;
  • Be sensitive to diversity, including, but not limited to, cultural, racial, economic, and ethnic diversity;
  • Advise and instruct patrons in the use of library facilities and reference tools;
  • Use library tools effectively;
  • Analyze and interpret statistics;
  • Operate library equipment, such as computers and use related software applications and databases;
  • Analyze community needs and make recommendations to meet those needs;
  • Communicate orally and write effectively;
  • Reason logically to define problems, collect and process data and reach valid conclusions in solving reference problems and in developing programs and procedures;
  • Classify and catalog books and other materials;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Recommend library materials for purchase using library selection techniques.