Web Librarian

San Jose
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Created: October 8, 2014


The salary range for the Librarian I classification is $60,507.20 to $73,548.80 annually.
The salary range for the Librarian II classification is $64,729.60 to $78,728.00 annually.

About the Library

San José Public Library (SJPL) serves the tenth largest city in the country with timely, innovative and responsive service. A proud recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service and the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award, the library is an acknowledged leader in providing library services to meet the changing customer needs of an amazingly diverse community.

The San José Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information.  With 22 branches (soon to be 23), plus the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, we offer tremendous opportunities for learning, discovery and pure enjoyment.

Position and Duties

We are seeking a Web Librarian to complete our friendly team of five, (1 Senior Librarian-Web Manager, 3 Full-Time Librarians, and 1 Full-Time Library Clerk) in the pursuit of enhancing SJPL's online presence. The ideal candidate  will be familiar with web trends and current principles of web design, responsive web design, accessibility, and have some programming (e.g. PHP and/or Javascript/Jquery) knowledge and Drupal experience.  We are also looking for a candidate that has the ability and desire to conduct frequent usability studies, analyze the results of those studies and make recommendations for improvements. There is also an opportunity to participate on SJPL's blogging and social media team.

Our librarians are community leaders, using their professional skills in finding ways to keep the library in the forefront of providing access to technology, information, lifelong learning, entertainment and inspiration 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, wanting to make a difference and to keep growing in their chosen profession.
Minimum Qualifications
Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:

- Education:  A Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university.

- Experience: Librarian I - None; Librarian II - Minimum one year of full-time professional library experience.

- Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country.  Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.  State law requires all employees working with youth to provide medical verification of negative tuberculosis test results within the last two years.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

- Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/ technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
  Job Expertise in this position includes:
- Experience with web design principles, information architecture and web tools
- Experience with Drupal or other content management systems
- Experience with programming languages such as PHP and/or Javascript/Jquery

- Customer Service - approaches problem-solving by focusing on customers first; advocates for customer results point of view; demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner.

- Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - demonstrates a positive attitude and flexibility along with the ability to develop effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

- Technology Use/Management - uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness.

- Initiative - exhibits self directed, resourceful and creative behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility or workload and accept challenges; pursue continuing educational opportunities which promote enhanced job performance.

- Project Management - ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.

- Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process:

1. Do you possess a Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university? If yes, indicate where you received your degree.

2. Do you have at least one year of full-time professional library experience? If yes, please describe your experience.

3. Do you have experience with web design, graphic design or information architecture?  If yes, please describe your role in working on a specific web project, the contributions you made to the website, and provide a URL for the site.

4. Do you have experience with Drupal or another content management system?  If yes, please describe your experience including any theming or programming work done in these systems and include a URL if applicable.

5. Do you have knowledge of the current trends in the library science profession, including Internet and Web-based technologies, reference, circulation services, and/or programming?  If yes, briefly highlight some current trends that are of interest to you.  Also, describe how you keep abreast with current/future technologies and trends.

6. Do you have experience conducting usability studies?  If yes, briefly describe your experience, what you learned and how it influenced the finished product.

7. Are you familiar with web accessibility? If yes, please list three important web accessibility techniques and how you have applied them in a web project. 

You may answer these questions directly in the on-line application system or on a separate document and then cut and paste your answers into the appropriate spaces when prompted.

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Library Personnel Office by e-mail at Personnel@sjlibrary.org.
Application Instructions
Submission of a resume is optional.  The Education History and Work History sections of the application must be completed or the application will be considered to be incomplete and may be withheld from further consideration.

E-mail is the default method of communication with applicants. To ensure that you receive timely notification regarding your application status, please provide a current e-mail address when submitting your application. It is also recommended that you adjust any spam filters to ensure that you can receive e-mails from @sanjoseca.gov.

The application deadline is11:59 PM on the final filing date.  Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.

If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email CityJobs@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application.  To verify the status of your application or to retrieve a draft application, log in and click on "My Career Tools".
Employee Unit
Employees in this classification are represented by Municipal Employee's Federation (MEF), AFSCME, Local No. 101.


Published: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 18:52 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:42 UTC