County of Alameda

Librarian II (#4140)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$39.68-$45.69 Hourly / $2,976.00-$3,426.75 BiWeekly /
$6,448.00-$7,424.63 Monthly / $77,376.00-$89,095.50 Yearly

Under general supervision, Librarian I’s and II’s provide professional services for library patrons or assist in the operation of a library; may be assigned to general reference, children’s services, young adult services or technical services; and do related work as required.


Librarian II is the journey-level position and generally specializes in general reference, children’s services, young adult services, or technical services. They may perform more difficult reference work than Librarian I’s and may have responsibility for general reference or the direction and day-to-day operation of a children’s or young adult program in a branch library.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Advises patrons on selection of library materials for personal use or study; performs reference work for adults and children; locates specific information or material requested; assists patrons in the use of automated and CD-ROM resources.

2. As a children’s or young adult librarian, may direct age-level services in the main library or a branch library under the direction of the Supervising Librarian; develops a collection of children’s or young adult materials; coordinates library services with local schools; plans and presents programs for children and young adults; and provides instruction in the use of library resources.

3. Assists in developing a branch collection appropriate for the community served, participates in the evaluation of materials for the library system using published review resources.

4. Assists Librarian II’s or Supervising Librarians in the operation of a branch library, including the interpretation and application of library regulations, the preparation of a budget, and the development and implementation of special projects involving library promotion and community outreach activities.

5. Classifies and catalogs library materials in the technical services division of the library system.

Either I

Possession of a master’s degree in Library Science awarded by a school of librarianship accredited by the American Library Association,


The equivalent of one-year recent responsible full-time, professional library experience.


The equivalent of one year full-time experience in the class of Librarian I in the Alameda County Library system.


The equivalent of six months of full-time experience in the class of Librarian I in the Alameda County Library system,

The equivalent of one year of recent paid full-time professional library experience.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of librarianship, including those for bibliographic entry, reference work and cataloging.
• Public library programs and their relationship to community needs.
• Books, periodicals in general use, CD-ROMS, on-line reference and bibliographic sources and reference books, and common indexing services.
• Electronic information sources (e-mail, Internet, etc.).
• Library business methods, procedures, and practices.


• Analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Planning and organization skills.
• Decision-making skills.
• Oral communication skills.
• Written communication skills.
• Interpersonal skills.
• Classification and cataloging of library materials.
• Basic computer literacy.
• Flexibility.

Revised ll/78
Old document: 0383h.WPF
New document: Jobspecs/4130-4140
CSC Date: 3/18/98


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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