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3630 - Librarian I

Recruitment #CCT-3630-059119




Under supervision, the 3630 Librarian I performs journey level librarian work. The essential functions of this class include: providing information and direction on the use of library resources; performing reference work; supervising technical and clerical staff; performing selection, acquisition, cataloging or processing of library materials; writing letters, memos, reports, publications and other documents; participating in the development of collections in accordance with the San Francisco Public Library Collection Development Plan; interpreting library policy and responding to suggestions and inquiries; and assisting in policy formulation and implementation. Positions may also be responsible for developing positive community relations, and preparing programming and exhibitions.


A Librarian I hired at the entry level step will receive a 5% step increase in pay after twelve months of service. The City & County of San Francisco anticipates frequent openings for entry-level librarian positions. Librarian I positions provide many rewarding opportunities in the main library and its branches throughout the City and promotional opportunities through the professional Librarian levels.

In addition to competitive salaries, the City offers exceptional benefit plans to full-time Librarian I employees that include: a choice of several comprehensive health and dental plans; a vision care plan; City-paid pre-tax retirement contribution; a variety of Tuition Reimbursement Plans; Credit Union membership; eleven paid holidays; three floating paid holidays after six months of service; ten paid vacation days and thirteen paid sick leave days after one year of service.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies (MLS/MLIS) from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association. You must have already attained your degree and completed your Master's program in order to be eligible for this recruitment.


1. Some positions require fluency in a variety of languages depending upon the department's bilingual needs. Eligibles who pass the bilingual proficiency test will be considered for bilingual positions. Applicants must indicate on the application form the language(s) in which they claim proficiency.

2. Some positions require one year of experience in library services for children and youth.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.


  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org).


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.


All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Amber Lytle, by telephone at 415-557-4880, or by email at amber.lytle@sfgov.org.



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. [A copy of transcript or diploma must be submitted when requested.] Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. Waiver requests will not automatically be granted, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.




Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures



Using information provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire, candidates will be evaluated to measure their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of automated library systems, reference resources, and functional areas within the library; ability to plan, conduct and evaluate library programs and services; conduct reference and research work; conduct presentations; supervise staff; communicate both orally and in writing, interact with staff and the general public; conduct formal and informal training; and the ability to use a personal computer in a network environment. (Weight: 30%)


Possession of a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies (MLS/MLIS) from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association. (Weight: 70%)




The City and County of San Francisco tests continuously for Class 3630 Librarian I. Applications will only be accepted during open filing periods; please refer to the recruitment schedule listed at the top of the announcement. On a continuous list classification, the exam process is administered periodically and each time an exam for a classification is given, names of successful candidates are added to the existing eligibles list with an eligibility period. Names are removed from a continuous list at the end of the eligibility period.


Candidates may request an extension of eligibility. Please note, it is the candidate’s responsibility to request the eligibility extension and the request must be received at least two (2) weeks prior to their eligibility period expiration date. Eligibility extensions can be granted to ensure that eligible candidates remain on the eligibility list until the next open filing period. The duration of an eligibility extension is dependent on the candidate’s eligibility period expiration date and the date of the next open filing period. If an extension of eligibility is granted, candidate’s score and rank on the eligible list will remain the same. To request an eligibility extension, contact Amber Lytle at: Amber.Lytle@sfgov.org, two (2) weeks before the candidate’s eligibility period expires.




As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.



Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.



Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City 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.




The eligible list resulting from this examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals) as directed by the Human Resources Director.


The score and rank of a candidate will be finalized when the list in which the candidate becomes eligible is adopted. The names of new eligibles will be merged with existing eligible names on a continuous basis. The eligibility period for successful candidates will be twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


The Human Resources Director may approve use of the eligible list resulting from this selection process to make permanent Civil Service appointments to other position(s) involving the same or similar title in any department.




The certification rule for the eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.  




Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:




Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.




Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.




All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.




Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.



Issued: May 30, 2008

Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: CCT-3630-059119


Clerically Amended on 12/15/10 to reflect: Recruitment Schedule for 2011

Clerically Amended on 1/29/10 to reflect: Appointment status and closing date

Clerically Amended on 6/17/10 to reflect: Recruitment Schedule

Clerically Amended on 6/27/10 to reflect: Entrance Status

Clerically Amended on 12/3/12 to reflect: Recruitment Schedule for 2013

Clerically Amended on 10/31/13 to reflect: Continuous Testing Procedures and Recruitment Schedule for 2014

Clerically Amended on 2/28/14 to notify candidates that a new recruitment schedule and selection processes will be announced shortly.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically a 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.



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