CASUAL LIBRARIAN - Children and Teen Services/CASUAL LIBRARIAN – Adult Services

$37.17 - $47.44 hourly
  • City of Sunnyvale
  • Sunnyvale, CA, USA
  • Oct 12, 2021
Full time Other

Job Description

 (21 hours per week)
  The City of Sunnyvale is seeking to fill the positions of Casual Librarian in Children and Teen Services and Casual Librarian in Adult Services. An energetic and highly motivated individual who possesses excellent customer service, technical and interpersonal skills is needed.
The ideal candidate will have experience working closely with the public in a fast-paced full-service library environment. Key responsibilities include presenting story times, staffing the information desk, creating new and innovative programs for the public, using state-of-the-art technology to develop library content, and selecting interesting and relevant titles for the collection. Special projects may include working on plans for a new branch library and community center in north Sunnyvale and expanding the Library's community engagement and outreach activities.
Librarians work under the direction of the Supervising Librarians of Adult Services or Children and Teen Services and other management staff in a team-oriented and forward-thinking environment. 


(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • Provides information, reference and reader's advisory services.
  • Interprets and implements library policies, procedures and resources.
  • Assists patrons in locating, selecting and using materials, and in answering a wide variety of questions.
  • Participates in collection development activities, including selection, evaluation, merchandising and de-selection that meet the needs of the community.
  • Participates in professional meetings, organizations, committees and workshops as resources permit.
  • Participates in assigned library projects.
  • Trains and directs the work of other library personnel.
  • Seeks, writes and administers grant programs and other special projects.
  • Maintains library materials and information on various databases.

Adult or Children's/Teen Services:

  • Plans and conducts programs on topics that include but are not limited to: computer applications, literature, book discussions, science, business and other topics of interest to the community.
  • Organizes and carries out programs such as: storytelling, story times, book discussions, and school visits, recommendations of reading materials for children, teens, and parents.
  • Speaks before community organizations and leads tours of the library.
  • Plans and implements promotional activities for library events and services.
  • Conducts database searches; adapts new technologies for improved library services.
  • May maintain and develop the library's intranet and internet services, including the library website, mobile site, social networks, library catalog and other online resources.


Education & Experience:
The minimum qualification for education and experience can be met in the following way:
 A Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program.

Knowledge of:

  • Current practices, procedures and technologies used in professional library work.
  • On-line data searching and other automated technologies used to access information.
  • Book and non-book materials, reference resources, cataloging and classification plans and bibliographic utilities.
     Some assignments may need a basic understanding or familiarity with:
  • Basic personal computer hardware and peripherals.
  • Third party vendor online resources, web site development and associated computer applications, database maintenance and support of an integrated library system.
  • Online social networking applications.
  • Contemporary computer languages and application programming interfaces.

Ability to:

  • Carry out specific functions of the library system.
  • Convey technical and resource information; advise and instruct library patrons in the use of library services and materials.
  • Remain current and be aware of potential future technologies applicable to library services.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly, accurately, and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Plan and present material to diverse groups.
  • Read and interpret complex technical documents and instructions.
  • Develop innovative approaches to diverse library issues.
  • Direct the activities of subordinate staff.
  • Maintain accurate and orderly records.
  • Work effectively as part of a group.
  • Deal tactfully and effectively with the public and other City employees.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.

Willingness to:

Work shifts, nights, weekends and holidays.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record or the ability to supply alternative transportation as approved by the hiring authority.

  • Ability to speak other languages that represent the demographics of the community.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application, responses to the supplemental questions, and education verification to the Department of Human Resources. Applications can be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at and click on City jobs.

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