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Librarian II (3632) - Citywide - (C00201)

Recruitment: REF31650E

Published: September 25, 2023

Accepting applications until: October 03, 2023


Jaclyn Lerch -

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Department: Citywide
Job class: 3632-Librarian II
Salary range: $106,418.00 - $129,350.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


**This announcement has been amended to update the certification rule and extend the deadline for additional recruitment. If you have already applied, there is no need to submit another application.

San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic city, on the forefront of economic growth & innovation, urban development, arts & entertainment, as well as social issues & change. This rich tapestry of culture and ideas is sustained by our City's commitment to heighten the quality of life for the diverse population of San Franciscans and residents of the greater Bay Area. Our employees play an important role not only in making our City what it is today, but also in shaping the future of San Francisco. 


  • Application Opening: September 20, 2023
  • Application Filing Deadline: September 26, 2023, Extended until October 3, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Role description

Under general supervision, performs advanced professional librarian work; supervises the operations of a branch library or a department of the main library; supervises activities of subordinate personnel; may supervise the operations of a special library in another City and County department; and performs related duties as required.

Requires responsibility for: Interpreting, enforcing and carrying out assigned duties within the framework of established methods and procedures; making regular contacts with the general public, outside organizations and library personnel in connection with library activities and operations; and maintaining a continued awareness of current reading trends and literature.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Supervises the operation of a small or medium-sized branch library, bookmobile, or department of the main library; assists in supervising the operation of a large branch library or department of the main library; may supervise the operation of libraries in the City Attorney's office or Public Utilities Commission.

2. Supervises and reviews the activities of subordinate personnel; assists subordinate personnel in resolving questions and problems related to library activities; may interview applicants for supportive positions.

3. Assists patrons in locating and using library facilities and materials, in selecting materials, and in answering a wide variety of questions.

4. Keeps collection, or part of the collection, current and useful by recommending or coordinating staff recommendations regarding library materials to be purchased, repaired or discarded; develops collection through personal know-ledge of materials available; and recommends which materials shall be non-circulating.

5. Performs reference work, including that of a difficult nature and requiring extensive searching and analyzing; performs research; and prepares de-tailed bibliographies, book lists and other information.

6. Plans and conducts children's, young adults' and adults' programs; meets with school principals; visits and works with various adult and community groups to promote the use of and interest in the library; and may plan and carry out adult and community programs to meet community needs.

7. Catalogs and classifies library materials; determines and assigns main entry, subject heading and cross references; adapts Library of Congress cards for the library; supervises subordinate personnel; and participates in determining cataloging policy.

8. Orders library materials; writes correspondence regarding these orders; and assists in determining the best sources of supply.

9. Plans and sets up displays and exhibits; maintains a pleasant and orderly atmosphere in the branch or departments.

10. Writes reports; supervises the maintenance and/or preparation of various files and records; may submit budget requests; and may work on special projects.

How to qualify

Possession of a Master's Degree in library and information studies (e.g. MLS/MLIS) from a college or university program accredited by the American Library Association.

Two (2) years of experience as a professional librarian. Experience must be equivalent to the duties and responsibilities of class 3630 Librarian I.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Special Conditions:

  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 12 months (2,000 hours) of verifiable experience performing the duties of a Children’s, Youth or Teen Services Librarian.
  3. Some positions in this class require possession and maintenance of a valid California Driver’s License.
  4. Some positions require 12 months (2,000 hours) of verifiable cataloging experience using AACR2R and MARC format.
  5. Some positions require 12 months (2,000 hours) of verifiable experience working with at risk youth/adolescents and must be able to maintain Background Jail Clearance throughout the duration of appointment to the position.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code.

Every application is reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications as listed in the job ad. Please review our articles on Employment Application and Minimum Qualifications and Verification of Experience and/or Education for considerations taken when reviewing applications. 

Note: Some positions in this class are subject to irregular work schedules and may require evening and/or weekend work; and require constant public contact. Positions in this classification may be required to work at various locations within the Library system.

What else should I know?

After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Librarian II CORE Examination (Weight: 60%): Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a computer based multiple-choice exam to measure knowledge, skills, and abilities in job related areas which may include but are not limited to: knowledge of integrated library systems; information/reference resources; functional areas within the library; and the ability to plan, conduct and evaluate library programs and services; direct and conduct reference and readers advisory; direct and evaluate staff and library services; conduct presentations; supervision ability; human relations ability; oral communication ability; written communication ability; technological ability and other related areas.

Supervisory Test Battery (Weight: 40%): Candidates will be invited to participate in a computer based examination designed to measure competencies in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Problem Solving; Leadership; Decision Making; Interpersonal skill; Human Resources Management; Team Building; Communication & Conflict Management. For more information about this Supervisory Test (and a suggested reading list) please visit: A passing score must be achieved on the Supervisory Test Battery in order to continue in the selection process.

This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Scores attained on both Librarian II CORE Multiple Choice and the Supervisory Test Battery will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take the Librarian II CORE Multiple Choice and Supervisory Test Battery. The Librarian II CORE Multiple Choice and/or Supervisory Test Battery may be used for many other classes; therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes the Librarian II CORE Multiple Choice and Supervisory Test Battery, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement, However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score(s) to the other announcement or (b) re-take the Librarian II CORE Multiple Choice and/or Supervisory Test Battery. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the Librarian II CORE Multiple Choice and/or Supervisory Test Battery is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process. Candidates must achieve a passing score on both exams in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Eligible List/Score Report: 
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights
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.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at

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


Submit your application through this job ad. Applicants will receive a confirmation email from 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.

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.