Placer Employment Opportunities

Librarian - I

Recruitment #2017-14770-02


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, westward through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer County is a great place to live, visit, and work.

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This recruitment will be open on a continuous filing basis.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

The Placer County Library has a current vacancy for a permanent, full-time Librarian I/II in the Tahoe area. The Placer County Library system has two Tahoe Area Libraries. This position will be responsible for providing Librarian services to both the Kings Beach and Tahoe City Libraries. Librarians provide direct assistance to library patrons to enhance the user experience of the library.  Some of the duties associated with this vacancy include:

  • Serving as a professional resource to children, young adults, adults, and library staff.
  • Selecting library materials.
  • Promoting and presenting library programming.
  • Providing outreach to the community and marketing all the library has to offer.
  • Cooperating with community groups, including the Friends of the Library, to emphasize understanding, use, and support of library services and activities.
  • Evaluating and analyzing patrons' needs and preferences and responding to changes in community needs and expectations.
  • Supervising, leading or training clerical and technical staff.
  • Instructing patrons and staff on the use of library technology including the library’s catalog and relevant e-resources.

A display at the Colfax Library

The person in this position will be required to work Saturdays and some evenings. This recruitment may be used to fill both open and promotional, as well as permanent and extra-help (temporary) vacancies in the Library Department, as they arise.

To learn more about the Library Department click HERE.

Salary plus additional $775 per month Tahoe Branch Assignment Premium for employees who demonstrate and certify residency in the Tahoe basin.


To perform professional library work; and to direct and/or implement a major service area of the Library Services Department.


Librarian I 
This is the entry-level class in the Librarian series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series. Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under general supervision while learning job tasks.

Librarian II 
This is the full journey level class within the Librarian series.  This class is distinguished from the Librarian I by the performance of the full range of duties assigned.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and they are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.   This class is distinguished from the Senior Librarian in its responsibilities include planning, organizing and supervising a major function of the County library system, whereas the latter is responsible for managing a large library branch.


Librarian I
Receives general supervision from supervisory or management staff.
May exercise functional and technical supervision over technical and clerical staff.

Librarian II
Receives direction from supervisory or management staff.
May exercise functional and technical supervision over technical and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist in the development and implementation of library program goals, objectives, policies and priorities.
  • Perform professional work in providing reference and advisory service to readers, and in the classification, cataloging and ordering of materials.
  • Plan, organize, implement and evaluate a variety of library services including audio-visual, reference and technical services; prepare and maintain records and reports related to area of assignment.
  • Explain and offer inter-library loan service; work with library representatives to secure library materials through inter-library loans; dispense received inter-library loan items and accept returned inter-library loans.
  • Develop collection by reading, reviewing and selecting materials; review collection to determine additional materials needed and select materials for repair or discard; perform Selector duties, preparing Countywide lists in identified subject area.
  • Identify various users and community needs and recommend, plan and present appropriate programs. 
  • Assess customer needs, utilizing reference interviews, and advise them in making effective use of library resources and services.
  • Assist customers of all ages with reference questions and selection of books, audio books, magazines, cassettes, compact disks, videos/DVDs, and other library materials; place holds for customers.
  • Instruct customers in the use of library tools including catalogs, computer databases, bibliographic resources, CD-ROM resources, Internet and indexes.
  • May prepare publicity, coordinate the publication of brochures and coordinate the dissemination of library program publicity.
  • Participate in community outreach programs and special Library programs.
  • May assume lead responsibilities or have direct responsibility for supervising technical and clerical Library staff.
  • Assist with managing the operation of a branch library, including budgetary responsibilities for assigned program.
  • Respond to difficult complaints and requests for information from customers.
  • Attend professional workshops, seminars and conferences; and represent the library on outside committees.
  • Operate various library-related equipment, information systems and general office equipment.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Adhere to safety policies and procedures.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Librarian I

It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the Minimum Qualifications listed below. 

Experience: No professional experience is required.

Training: Master's degree in Library Science or equivalent.

  • Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

License or Certificate: May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Librarian I

Knowledge of:

  • General principles and practices of professional library work in a public library setting.
  • Library organization, services and equipment.
  • Books, sources, bibliographies, reference materials and cataloging and classification plans.
  • Computer applications in a library environment.
  • Patron advisory methods and practices.
  • Reference sources and search techniques.
  • Collection development, including materials selection and cataloging procedures.
  • General principles of supervision.
  • Safety policies and procedures.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • Work in a standard office environment, using standard office equipment and computer systems and attend off-site meetings.  Sit at desk and/or stand for long periods of time. Intermittently bend, twist, reach, grasp, kneel or squat while shelving, opening boxes or moving equipment; see and read handwritten and printed materials and a computer screen; write and use keyboard to communicate and to enter circulation and collection data; communicate in person and by telephone; file, lift and carry weight up to 50 lbs; push handcart up to 50 lbs.
  • Assist in carrying out specific functions of the County Library system.
  • Develop and implement library services.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and efficient manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain information through interview; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Assess Library patron needs and provide accurate reference information by utilizing appropriate search techniques.
  • Apply general departmental policies, procedures and practices and collection development principles, including making selector lists, books and materials selection and cataloging procedures.
  • Use a library-automated system and standard office equipment.
  • Maintain confidentiality of customer records.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Work weekend and evening shifts as assigned.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.


All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and those in management and confidential groups, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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