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Librarian 1

  • Post Date:September 19, 2019
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  • Offered Salary 60,000 - 80,000
    Employer Name Oakland Public Library, City of Oakland
125 14th Street, Oakland, CA, USA
Job Description
The Position

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill several permanent part-time (PPT) and full-time (FT) Librarian I vacancies in the Oakland Public Library.  The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with diverse populations in a multi-cultural setting; will have excellent problem-solving, multi-tasking and organizational skills; will provide excellent customer service and establish cooperative working relationships with staff, library patrons and the community.


Under general direction from a Librarian II or Senior Librarian, incumbents perform a variety of routine professional duties in the operation of City of Oakland library services, including general reference, readers advisory, materials selection and programming.

This is a public contact position.  Although no current vacancies require a specific language, the eligible list may be used to fill future vacancies that may require bilingual skills.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that occur within the City including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable.

Examples of Duties

  • Conduct reference interview with patrons to determine inquiry needs; provide reference and reading guidance to youth and adults, including locating, selecting and using materials; address special research needs.
  • Direct and train subordinate staff including volunteers.
  • Manage materials budget.
  • Read and evaluate professional reviews of books, magazines, video/film, music or other materials for additions to library collections.
  • Identify, select and order appropriate reference materials, other books and resources for adults and youth.
  • Analyze circulation, book loss or trends; withdraw worn, dated and/or damaged materials from the collection.
  • Assist the Librarian-in-charge of a special library service such as Cataloging, Branch Services Department, Youth Room, Teen Zone, or Outreach Development.
  • Utilize and contribute to the maintenance of on-line bibliographic data base.
  • Train, direct and provide on-the-job training to subordinate staff.
  • Present adult or youth programs on specific subjects.
  • Represent library at community events.
  • Monitor facility needs.
  • Explain library policies and procedures to public and agencies.
  • Assist in the preparation of report statistics.
  • Prepare oral and written reports.
  • Draft and prepare library publicity.
  • Read aloud and tell stories
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements for Application


A Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited graduate program. Job training and/or special courses in library needs of the community, specialized areas of library services or technical areas are desirable.


None required.

License or Certificate / Other Requirements:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTApplicants MUST submit verification of completion of their MLS/MLIS degree as an attachment to their online application.  Acceptable verification forms are:

  • Transcripts
  • Copy of diploma, or
  • Verification from the college or university attended

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License will be required if assigned to drive the Bookmobile.


Knowledge of:

  • Standard reference sources, including general references, trade and national bibliographic references, catalogs and indexes.
  • Library organization; principles of program planning.
  • Public contact skills.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Principles of library materials selection, classification and cataloging; automated library functions and filing systems.

Ability to:

  • Analyze program and book needs of the public; recommend books, other materials and program content; assist readers with research and reader advisory questions.
  • Prepare library materials, programs, exhibits and displays.
  • Prepare written and oral reports.
  • Classify and catalog routing materials.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  • Assist in assigning, delegating and coordinating work.
  • Follow oral and written directions.
  • Lift up to thirty pounds in certain assignments.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Supplemental Information

The Selection Process

Stage I: The first stage in the selection process will consist of a review of each applicant employment application, copy of verification of MLS/MLIS degree and supplemental questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail). Applications submitted without all required materials will not be given further consideration.  Be sure to attach a copy of verification of MLS/MLIS degree. 

Acceptable verification forms are:

  • Transcripts 
  • Copy of diploma
  • Verification from the college or university attended

Applications submitted without attached verification demonstrating degree completion will NOT be given further consideration.

Stage II: The second stage will consist of subject matter experts evaluating and rating the completed supplemental questionnaires.  Applicant responses to the supplemental questions must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section of this announcement.  The evaluation of supplemental questions may be weighted 100% of an applicant score (before residency and/or veteran points) and may determine rank on the eligible list.  If a sufficient number of quality application packets are received, the supplemental screening may be followed by a third stage and the most qualified applicants will be invited to the next stage. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to Stage III.

Stage III: The third stage may consist of an oral examination that may be preceded by a brief written exercise (weighted 100%) that will test the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section. The ranked eligible list may be developed directly from the supplemental screening OR the results of Stage III. Candidates must earn a scale score of 70 in this examination process to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration.

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration and will be removed from the eligible list.  


The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process and date of examination as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.

How to Apply

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least two to three hours to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at:

If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also work stations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Work stations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  

Our on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov’s Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday – Friday.

You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.

Date of Examination:
Tentatively Scheduled for the week of October 21, 2019.

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.