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Your leading edge Library career starts with the San Jose Public Library!


Explore a Career with SJPL

San José Public Library (SJPL) serves a culturally diverse population of nearly 959,000 in the country's 10th largest city.  SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of nearly 14 million items. Award-winning staff strive to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and received the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.


Current SJPL Employment Opportunities


Job:  Librarian I/II Part-time, On-call Pool and Full-time

Open: 8/25/2014

Closing Date: 9/8/2014

Salary: $29.09 - $37.85

Position and Duties

We are seeking new Librarians to join our team and change the lives of those we serve!  We are currently looking to fill part time openings as well as creating a candidate pool for on-call and full time positions. The ideal candidate for these positions will understand, support, practice and promote the San José Way of library innovation and the Mission, Vision, & Values statements of the City of San José and the San José Public Library; demonstrate leadership and a commitment to active customer service; have knowledge of current library technology and trends; have experience working with a diverse community and staff; and enjoy working in a fast-paced, innovative team environment. 

Our librarians are community leaders, using their professional skills in finding ways to keep the library in the forefront of providing the information, lifelong learning, and recreational diversions people need to lead better lives.  The job description enumerates the range of duties expected, but above all we are looking for flexible, service-oriented, friendly, and smart librarians, proud of their profession and wanting to make a difference and keep growing in their chosen profession. 

Librarians are responsible for performing a variety of professional librarian duties. This may include: providing direct assistance to library customers in the location of information and library materials; serving as a resource for children, young adults, adults and library staff; conducting library tours, giving book talks, and planning, promoting, or presenting other programs; working with community groups to promote understanding, use and support of library service activities; analyzing, interpreting and answering reference questions, and providing reader's advisory information; supervising, leading or training the work of a clerical and technical staff as assigned; assuming responsibility for a facility or a section as assigned; selecting and managing collections; cataloging; web development and design.  These positions will include evenings and weekend shifts. 

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment. 

We are currently looking to fill four part-time benefited positions and several on-call Pool positions.  We may use this candidate pool to fill future full-time positions.


Minimum Qualifications

1.  Education:  A Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university. 
2.   Experience:  Librarian I - None; Librarian II - Minimum one year of full-time professional library experience.


How To Apply:

To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity and apply online with the City of San José, please visit the City of San José’s employment page at



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