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County of San Mateo Is Hiring A Librarian I/II - Access Services (BLSP)

San Mateo County Libraries is seeking candidates for the position of Librarian I/II - Access Services - Bilingual Language Skills Preferred!

San Mateo County Libraries is an award-winning public library system in the Bay Area. We are committed to fostering deep connections in our communities through our eclectic programming, diverse collection, and welcoming customer service. We are looking for enthusiastic, flexible librarians who are committed to innovation, service, and teamwork. We respect and value equity, inclusion, and diversity. Bilingual skills are always a plus.

The eligible list generated by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout San Mateo County Libraries. There are currently multiple vacancies to be filled. Because of the diversity of the communities we serve, bilingual language skills (Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish) are strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to:

  • Provide informed advocacy for the development and maintenance of a world-class collection that reflects and anticipates community needs in traditional, emerging, and yet to be determined formats.
  • Offer a strong intellectual freedom perspective and a commitment to building collections and displays that reflect all points of view in a community.
  • Contribute expertise, experience, and subject matter knowledge in public library access, acquisitions, and collection development innovations.
  • Plan, schedule, coordinate, promote, and carry out creative and fresh outreach and programming, including school visits, special events, classes/workshops, story times, public speaking, etc.
  • Use data to visualize, plan, analyze and deliver, assess, provide training on, and improve innovative library services that support our system priorities and have with measurable results.
  • Possess enthusiasm for and commitment to researching and improving processes and procedures.
  • Implement projects and analyze them critically to assess their effectiveness.
  • Inspire kids and families from every background, strengthening our communities as a whole.
  • Model exemplary and engaging customer care in all interactions--including in person, at programs, at outreach events, and helping with library card or circulation issues.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment and contribute to system-wide projects, task forces and committees.
  • Establish and strengthen cooperative working relationships with our SMCL community.
  • Skillfully use and troubleshoot emerging technology as a tool to enhance effectiveness, innovation, and efficiency.
  • Collaborate and team up with others to share strengths across the organization.
  • Possess a growth mindset and be courageous in trying new strategies, taking risks, and continuously learning.
  • Assist in the recruitment, training, coaching, and management of volunteers.
  • Communicate effectively and inclusively, with cultural sensitivity and be approachable in verbal, written, and non-verbal communications.
  • Help navigate difficult situations with compassion, patience, and good humor.

The ideal candidate will also have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Understand library purposes, organization, techniques, and procedures.
  • Establish principles of accessibility and freedom of information for community libraries.
  • General knowledge of trends of various formats and languages (digital/nondigital) that resonate with our community.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff, the public and community groups.
  • Conducting individual user needs assessments and basic data analysis.


Librarian I: $37.28 - $46.62 Hourly

Librarian II: $40.67 - $50.81 Hourly


San Mateo County Libraries is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County including North Fair Oaks.

San Mateo County Libraries are an invaluable community resource, an amazing family, a springboard for opportunities, and our staff are what makes it so special. We're champions of learning, sharing, and exploration -- of open minds, new ideas, and bright futures. It's our mission and our passion to strengthen our community by creating an inclusive sense of place and an environment for learning. We seek enthusiastic team players, creative risk takers, and flexible individuals who proactively search for new opportunities to make public library services relevant to all members of the community.

For more information about San Mateo County Libraries, please visit www.smcl.org.


Education: Master of Library Science or recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university is required.

Experience: Any combination of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify for a Librarian II is two years librarian experience.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to http://jobs.smcgov.org/ to apply.


Final Filing Date: Monday, July 1, 2024, 11:59 PM PST

Application Screening: Week of July 1-5, 2024

Panel Interviews: July 18 and/or 19, 2024