County of Alameda

County Librarian (#4190)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Senior Executive Mgmt (071)
$84.74-$118.62 Hourly / $6,779.20-$9,489.60 BiWeekly /
$14,688.27-$20,560.80 Monthly / $176,259.20-$246,729.60 Yearly

Under the administrative direction of the County Administrative Officer, the incumbent plans, organizes, and directs a program for providing library services to Alameda County and performs related work as required.


The County Librarian has overall responsibility for the direction and operation of the Alameda County library system. Reporting to the County Librarian, the Deputy County Librarian directs the day-to-day operation of the Alameda County Library Department.

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. Plans, organizes and directs all library services.

2. Directs the preparation of the annual budget for the department; reviews and evaluates current programs and anticipates future needs; monitors developments on statewide and national levels which may affect library funding and operations, such as legislation and the development of technology for providing information services; presents and justifies the budget to the Board of Supervisors; is responsible for control of expenditures.

3. Directs, develops, and reviews departmental operating policies and procedures, and use of technology, delegating responsibility to appropriate subordinates.

4. Studies community needs, population trends and related matters; determines the scope and nature of the required library services according to the changing social conditions and Board of Supervisors' policies; works closely and cooperatively with civic groups and city councils to ensure that the system-wide program of library service is responsive to local needs.

5. Advises and participates in the development of new library buildings provided by the cities that retain county services.

6. Meets regularly with the Alameda County Library Advisory Commission to inform them about the current status and range of library services and to seek their advice.

7. Works with other libraries on cooperative programs to promote interest in, and to improve and extend, library service through membership in the Administrative Council of the Bay Area Library Information System.

8. Advises the Alameda County Library Foundation on the Library’s needs for supplemental funding and on fundraising methods; serves as a non-voting member of the Foundation Board of Directors.

9. Participates in the hiring of senior professional staff; works closely with that group to build an effective management team.

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The equivalent of one year full-time experience in the class of Deputy County Librarian 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 and information science awarded by a school accredited by the American Library Association,

The equivalent of five years' full-time, increasingly responsible professional library experience that includes at least two years in an administrative capacity in a large public library system or as a Director of a Public Library.


Any combination of training, education and experience that is equivalent to one of the patterns listed above and will provide the required knowledge and abilities.

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 of organization, administration, and management.
• Principles and practices of librarianship, including the problems and procedures involved in operating a reader-services program through a branch library system, and the professional services such as collection development, cataloging, reference work, and the use of technology connected with such a program.
• Internet and Web-based services used in providing supporting library services.
• Modern library facilities and equipment, clerical practices, and collection maintenance.
• Library programs and their relationship to community needs.
• Adult and juvenile books, audio-visual materials, online databases, and other electronic media used in library service.
• Principles of supervision and training.
• Common methods of funding city and county government services.
• Library laws.
• Fundraising methods for non-profit and government services.

Ability to:

• Plan and organize, building a strong organization.
• Analyze and problem solve, including seeking innovative solutions.
• Exercise managerial control.
• Provide budget analysis.
• Exercise good judgment and make sounds decisions.
• Build a customer-focused service organization for diverse customers.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the County’s Mission, Credo and Goals.
• Lead in a manner that is visionary, strategic and innovative when working towards change.
• Collaborate with other Agencies and Departments to meet overall countywide needs while leveraging financial and other resources.
• Use business acumen to build a strong organization which delivers results.
• Provide the highest level of service delivery to diverse customers.
• Use interpersonal skills to communicate effectively.
• Promote personal and professional growth for self and others.
• Work effectively as a member and leader of diverse teams.

Revised: 11/23/80
JGS:md Updated: 11/87
Old doc: 0393h
New doc: 4190.doc
CSC Date: 1/12/81
LN:pf Revised 2/1/05
RY:cs Revised 4/12
Unclassified no CSC date


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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