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Librarian I - San Francisco Public Library (3630, TEX As-needed)

Recruitment: REF3008X

Published: August 17, 2023


Jamie Shih -

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Department: Public Library
Job class: 3630-Librarian I
Pay range: $47.375/hr - $57.5875/hr
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Part-time


San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse communities. The library system includes the architecturally significant Main Library in the city’s Civic Center, 27 neighborhood branch libraries, two administrative buildings and four bookmobiles. With a collection of more than 3.7 million items, and circulation exceeding 11 million each year, SFPL serves more than 6 million visitors annually. The library system has extraordinary political and fiscal support that mandates an annual funding allocation from the city’s property tax revenues, resulting in a budget of $171.2 million in FY 22. With a strong budget, SFPL has approximately 900 employees committed to outstanding public service.

In June 2018, the Library was named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal for its active promotion of San Francisco’s values of inclusion, diversity, and equity and its ability to create programs and policies that support those democratic values. The library embraces its role as the most democratic of institutions, providing safe and welcoming facilities for all. Through a robust array of services and programs, the library places an emphasis on literacy and learning, digital inclusion, social justice, equity and healthy communities. To learn more about SFPL, please visit

Role description

The San Francisco Public Library is seeking applicants for our Temporary Exempt As-needed Librarian I applicant pool. This applicant pool will be aimed at interested Librarian I candidates who are available to provide as-needed Librarian services to a diverse community.

The essential functions of this job code include, but are not limited to: providing reference and reader's advisory service to patrons of all ages including children, teens, adults, and seniors; assisting library patrons in the use of library materials and technology; providing children's storytimes, teen and/or adult programming as needed, including computer, catalog, and database instruction; providing information; reccommending titles that can enhance the collection; responding to library patron needs; assisting users of all ages in accessing print and electronic resources; and performing other job related duties as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Assists patrons in locating and using library facilities and materials, in selecting materials, and in answering a wide variety of questions.
2. Reccommends library materials to be purchased, repaired, or discarded; may be responsible for the selection and maintenance of library materials of assigned sections(s) of the collection and suggests which materials shall be non-circulating materials.
3. Performs reference work; performs research; performs reader's advisory; prepares detailed bibliographies, book lists and other information; teaches patrons to access and use digital resources.
4. Plans and conducts programs and outreach for children, young adults, teens, and adults; meets with educators; visits and works with various community groups to promote the use of and interest in the Library.
5. Catalogs and classifies library materials; determines and assigns main entry, cross references and subject headings; adapts Library cataloging records for the Library and participates in determining cataloging policy.
6. Writes reports and correspondence; may supervise the maintenance and/or preparation of various files and records.
7. Plans or assists in planning and setting up displays and exhibits; assists in maintaining a pleasant and orderly atmosphere in the branch or unit of the Main Library.
8. May supervise subordinate staff.

How to qualify

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills, and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Possession of a masters of library and information science (MLS or MLIS) degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association. (You must have attained your degree and completed your Master's program in order to be eligible for this recruitment)

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.
• A flexible schedule of availability including weekends and/or evenings.
• Experience working with children, youth, and teens.
• Excellent customer service skills.
• Comfortability preparing and conducting a storytime or book talk.
• Ability to travel to different Library locations within San Francisco.
• Adaptable to change and willingness to assist all members of the San Francisco communities.

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 and disqualification.

Verification of Experience and/or Education:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer's authorized representative. Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license, and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of the application.

Note: 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.

What else should I know?

Salary - $41.70 - $50.69 per hour

Application Deadline: Continuous (this recruitment will be open on a continuous basis).

Please email Jamie Shih, at should you have questions about the application process.

Selection Procedures:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire:

Candidates will be emailed a link to complete a Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ). This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant’s experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position as required for the minimum qualifications review. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience, and training. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Applications will be screened for relevant and qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidate's qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to an interview.

Hiring managers will conduct a brief interview session with selected applicants. Choosen applicants will then go through a pre-employment process before being onboarded as a TEX As-Needed Librarian I with the San Francisco Public Library.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.