County of Alameda

Bookmender (#9200)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$28.80-$32.92 Hourly / $2,160.00-$2,469.00 BiWeekly /
$4,680.00-$5,349.50 Monthly / $56,160.00-$64,194.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, to repair, letter and process books for circulation and to do related work as required.


Bookmenders are trained on the job under the supervision of a Lead Clerk, who heads the Physical Processing Section. They may act as leads over Library Aides assigned to the Physical Processing Section. As a minor part of their duties, Bookmenders may be required to completely recover books.

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. Examines books returned from branch libraries to determine whether they need mending or are worth mending, and handles accordingly.

2. Under supervision, trains library aides to jacket books and type book cards and pockets.

3. Mends books by taping torn pages, reinforcing corners, taping spines, tightening backs, cleaning covers and pages, Xeroxing and tipping in pages.

4. Processes new books for circulation by numbering and lettering backs using a stylus or typing a label, stamping with County stamp, pasting in card pockets and attaching clear plastic jacket.

5. Cleans and mends 8 mm, 16 mm, 35 mm film and cassettes. Cleans phonograph records.

6. Processes new records, types book cards and labels, jackets the album covers and reinforces album boxes.

7. Puts binders on pamphlets and magazines using electric stapler or pasting, reinforces paperbacks inside both covers and jackets.

8. Prepares books for bindery by checking for adequate margins, missing pages and quality of paper, underlining title and author, and writing call number on title page; types and files new book cards and pockets for reprocessing books upon return.

9. Types book cards and pockets.

10. Types master book cards and duplicates when ten or more copies of one title are required.

The equivalent of six months of work 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:

• Materials and equipment used in the repair of library materials.


• Doing neat and legible lettering work.
• Typing.
• Directing the work of others.
• Maintaining records.
• Performing simple clerical work.

Special Requirement:

• Manual dexterity skills.

Old document: 0838h
New document: Jobspecs/9200
CSC Date: 5/17/82


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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