County of Marin

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The Marin County Free Library (MCFL) is a special taxing district that operates ten branch libraries in Marin under the authority of the Board of Supervisors. It provides public library services to the residents of the unincorporated areas of the County and the cities of Corte Madera, Fairfax, and Novato.

The Marin County Free Library is an innovative and dynamic civic institution that is committed to providing exceptional services to a community that cares deeply about the library and encourages the library to assume a critical role in supporting the community to be resilient, equitable, and progressive. MCFL is committed to racial equity and the inclusion of those with multiple perspectives and backgrounds in our decision making.

ABOUT THE POSITIONCurrent Vacancies: Two (2) Librarian I and four (4) Librarian II vacancies for a total of six (6) full-time positions. This is a recruitment to establish a combined list that could be used to fill a Librarian I or Librarian II vacancy. The vacancies are:

Librarian II, Youth Services, Marin City
Librarian II, Adult Services, Civic Center
Librarian II, Youth Services, Civic Center
Librarian II, Literacy Services, West Marin
Librarian I, Adult Services, Corte Madera
Librarian I, Adult Services, Marin City

Librarian I
This is the entry-level class in the professional Librarian series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn public library policies and procedures and to apply the principles and techniques learned from their academic degree or equivalent background.

Librarian II
This is the experienced level class in the professional librarian series. Incumbents function as specialists in major program assignments such as children’s or adult services, or cataloging, and are cross-trained for temporary assignments in other specialized areas as needed. Incumbents exercise initiative and considerable independent judgment performing assigned duties including the supervision of staff.

The Librarian I and II provides library services for patrons of all ages in partnership with schools and/or community-based organizations. They actively promote respect for cultural diversity and create an inclusive, welcoming and respectful library atmosphere that prioritizes access and centers social justice.

With guidance from the Branch Manager, the positions design and implement innovative and effective public programs, provide reference and reader’s advisory, offer targeted outreach activities, and provide proactive customer service to enhance our “single desk” model of service. The Librarian I and II possess strong cultural sensitivity and proficiency skills and work independently and in team environments bringing services to diverse communities and promoting educational and social equity in service delivery and programming results.
Bilingual skills in Spanish are highly desirable, but not required.

Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Librarian I

Provides general reference and reader’s advisory services to the public.
Explains library policies and procedures to patrons and staff.
Conducts outreach or on-site programs for various age groups; prepares exhibits related to the needs of the community.
Assists and advises patrons regarding the use of library materials and equipment, including automated catalogs and Internet software.
Conducts reference searches using a variety of database, on-line and other search techniques.
Participates in collection development; suggests the addition of books, reference materials, audio and video tapes, electronic media and other library materials.
Recommends acquisition of equipment and policy and procedure revisions to improve patron service and efficiency.
Prepares reports, information materials and other written materials.
May direct work of paraprofessional and/or clerical support staff.
May represent the library in meetings with the community or special interest groups.

Librarian II in addition to the above:
Conducts general, difficult and extensive reference searches and reader’s advisory services; assists and advises patrons regarding the use of library materials and equipment, including automated catalogs and Internet software.
Plans, organizes, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of professional, paraprofessional and support staff; effectively recommends selection of staff, disciplinary actions and other personnel matters; trains staff in work procedures.
Develops and conducts outreach or on-site programs for various age groups; prepares displays and exhibits.
Plans and conducts programs for specific patron groups such as children, young adults or adults.
Organizes, presents or oversees presentations of programs, including story telling; selects and recommends books and other materials suitable for the community being served; provides reference services using a variety of media.
Represents the library in meetings, functions and activities with the community or special interest groups.

Schedule and Hours
The Librarian I & II positions at each branch will have varying schedules. Most Librarians that enter MCFL through this recruitment will work a weekend day and may work at least one evening per week.
For more information about these positions, please see the class specifications:
Librarian I                       Librarian II

ABOUT YOUWe recognize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required Minimum Qualifications:
Librarian I:
Equivalent to an American Library Association approved Master’s degree in Library Science, Library and Information Services or similar curriculum. Course work in the area of service specialization is desirable.
Librarian II:
In addition to the above, two years of professional experience in a public or academic library setting, equivalent to the County’s class of Librarian I.   Experience using current library technology in the primary area to which assigned is required.

The Highly Qualified Candidates:

Youth Services(Marin City and Civic Center-San Rafael)

Is creative, enthusiastic, flexible, customer-service oriented and can effectively and empathetically assist children, youth, and caregivers from all backgrounds with their information needs and develop innovative programs and services to support the community using a whole-family approach.
Possesses public library and/or school library experience
Has experience with new and evolving forms of technology and is a champion of flexible learning environments.
Recognizes the importance of outreach, communication, developmentally appropriate practices, and continuous learning.
Adult Services (Marin City, Civic Center-San Rafael, Corte Madera)Is creative, enthusiastic, flexible, and customer-service oriented with a strong interest in working with adults.
Experience working with seniors, knowledge of genre fiction, and programming experience are a plus.
Recognizes the importance of outreach, communication, and continuous learning.
West Marin – Literacy Services (Librarian II)Possesses strong organizational, planning and project management skills.
Is people-focused, adept at assessing community needs, and comfortable working with patrons of all ages.
Possesses experience working with Latinx and immigrant communities.
Is flexible, adaptable and comfortable working in a mobile environment, able to travel to Inverness, Point Reyes, Bolinas, and Stinson Beach libraries and neighboring communities such as Tomales.
Bilingual skills in Spanish are preferred, but not required.
ABOUT THE PROCESSApplicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the process and prior to Monday, May 15, 2023 for first consideration.

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Testing and Eligible List: Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination may consist of a highly qualified review, application screening, online assessment, written examination, oral examination, performance examination, or any combination to determine which candidates’ names will be placed on the eligible list.
The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancies and additional vacancies for part time and contingent opportunities while the list remains active.

Disaster Service Workers: All County of Marin employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

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