County of Alameda

Librarian IV (#4177)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - General Mgmt (R15)
$50.50-$61.42 Hourly / $4,040.00-$4,913.60 BiWeekly /
$8,753.33-$10,646.13 Monthly / $105,040.00-$127,753.60 Yearly

Under the general direction of the Deputy County Librarian or a Principal Librarian, assumes staff advisory responsibility for the development and coordination of library service programs.


Librarians IV are responsible for the system-wide services in a specialized area and/or to a specific service population. This classification differs from that of Supervising Librarian by the latter having responsibility for branch library or select technical services operations.

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. Creates and recommends plans and programs for the improvement of branch and system-wide centralized services for a specific service area or population.

2. Advises branch personnel and consults with the Principal Librarian on children's, teen’s and adult services including, but not limited to reference, circulation, scheduling, training, programming and other system-wide public services, as well as the development and maintenance of branch collections.

3. Participates with branch supervisors and other appropriate staff in selecting branch personnel assigned to work with designated service area or population and consults with and advises the corresponding supervisors on performance evaluations of such staff.

4. Plans and coordinates system-wide events, such as volunteer recognition, Teen Read Week, Summer Reading, Library Card Sign-up Month, Legislative Day, National Library Week, or various cultural celebrations Coordinates with branch supervisors to schedule and assign staff for training, Sunday work.

5. Coordinates with branch supervisors on the development and maintenance of productive working relationships with groups supporting work within the designated service area or population, including staff development opportunities.

6. At the request and supervision of the Technical Services Manager and/or Principal Librarian, provides back-up support for the selection of library materials to appear on buying lists for reference, general, children's, or special services; and when necessary, arranges to have sample materials available.

7. Plans and develops training programs for appropriate personnel in consultation with Principal Librarians and other coordinators as appropriate. Contributes to continuing education plans for staff serving designated service area or population. Provides continuing guidance for staff.

8. Regularly reviews and prepares evaluative reports on library services and programs, with recommendations, for Principal Librarians and the Library Executive Council.

9. Acts as liaison with the Technical Services Collections staff to assure that the collections of library materials support library services for the designated service area or population.

10. Chairs a system-wide committee of staff whose work focuses on a designated service area or a specialized population. Coordinates annual meeting schedules, agendas, and posting of minutes. Communicates recommendations from the committee to the Library’s Executive Committee.

11. Performs special assignments as appropriate.


Either I


The equivalent of two years' full-time experience as a Librarian II, having developed expertise relevant to the position.



The equivalent of 18 months full-time experience as a Librarian III, having developed expertise relevant to the position.



The equivalent of one-year full-time experience as a Supervising Librarian I in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts), having developed expertise relevant to the position.



Possession of a master's degree in Library Science or Public Administration awarded by an accredited college or university,



The equivalent of three years' full-time, responsible professional library experience, having developed specialized knowledge in a particular field or the equivalent of three years’ full-time program experience in a professional environment. Supervisory experience is desirable.

Special Requirements:

Incumbents of this class may be assigned to work schedules including weekend and/or evening shifts.

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 as applied to a public library system.
• Public library programs and their relationship to community needs.
• Current standards of library reference and services and familiarity with Adult, Teen and Children’s literature.
• Library reference and circulation methods, technology, procedures and organization.
• Principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:

• Plan and organize.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Make decisions through weighted judgment.
• Direct, manage, and centralize coordinated tasks and duties.
• Lead and direct change.
• Use interpersonal sensitivity and emotional intelligence.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Conduct workshops.
• Maintain quality of system services in a specialized area.

Updated: 11/87
Old document: 0386h
New document: Jobspecs/4177
CSC Date: 11/5/79
MMH:cs Revised 4/3/13
CSC Date: 5/1/13
NLB:cs Revised 11/18/15
CSC Date: 2/17/16


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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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