County of Alameda

Librarian III (#4175)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$40.65-$48.96 Hourly / $3,048.75-$3,672.00 BiWeekly /
$6,605.63-$7,956.00 Monthly / $79,267.50-$95,472.00 Yearly

Incumbents in the class of Librarian III are professional superjourney librarians with a high degree of expertise in a designated specialized area.


Incumbents in the class of Librarian III are distinguished from incumbents in the class of Librarian II in that the former has a specialized knowledge of a unique subject or directs the course of a special program of service. Their assigned responsibility is either for system-wide collection development in that field of knowledge or community-wide implementation of a designated special service. Incumbents in the class of Librarian III are distinguished from incumbents in the class of Librarian IV in that their responsibility is limited to consulting, and their expertise is directed toward the knowledge of the materials or direction of the course of the designated special service. The classification of Librarian III is not considered to be supervisory.

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. Working closely with the appropriate Coordinator or Manager, recommends general books and other media in a specific non-English language for consideration for Alameda County library collections.

2. As a Children's librarian at the Main Library or a branch library, may be assigned responsibility for establishment of and/or ongoing direction of a Booklegger program or other volunteer program.

3. May develop and maintain the local history collection at the Main Library and advise Branch Managers on the scope and development of similar collections for their communities.

4. May provide ongoing advice and direction to Branch Managers on the scope and development of a designated special collection for their community.

Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a Librarian II, having developed specialized knowledge in a particular field in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a master's degree in Library Science awarded by a college or university accredited by the American Library Association,


The equivalent of two years’ full-time, responsible professional library experience, having developed a unique specialized knowledge in a particular field.

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, common indexing services.
• Specialized source materials in a given area.


• Planning, managing and organizing the development of a small specialized collection.
• Analyzing and problem solving.
• Providing guidance to staff and volunteers.
• Working harmoniously and effectively with the public and staff members.
• Preparing written reports.
• Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Speaking effectively about library materials and services to community groups.

Revised 8/l2/76
Retyped: 1/85
Revised: 12/92
Old document: 0401h
New document: Jobspecs/4175
CSC Date: 12/16/92


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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