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    Posted: 07/Oct/2013 at 6:22pm

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill immediate positions and future vacancies throughout Orange County at this classification level with OC Public Libraries, and may be used to fill positions at a lower level in the same classification series.


Orange County is a desirable place to live and is one of the premier employers in the region, as well as the second largest county in California. At the County you will find variety, individual opportunity, job satisfaction, and the pleasure of working with colleagues who are dedicated to making a positive difference. Over the years, Orange County has established a reputation as an innovative leader among local governments and serves over 3,000,000 people who live within its 34 cities. Residents enjoy over 42 miles of pristine beaches, 3 harbors, vast wilderness parks, beautiful nature preserves, and 250 miles of riding and hiking trails. Orange County has top-rated attractions from Disneyland to several major professional sports teams, a wide range of cultural arts, as well as some of the highest quality public and private schools in the nation. There is no doubt that Orange County is a great place to work, live and play.


OC Community Resources consists of OC Animal Care, OC Community Services, OC Parks, and OC Public Libraries. Our mission is connecting people and resources with a vision of positively transforming lives in Orange County.

OC Public Libraries is a network of community libraries located in your neighborhood or as near as your computer. Our 33 public branches in 24 cities and unincorporated areas of the County of Orange as well as a branch for residents of Orangewood Children's Home provide library services to residents throughout the county. To learn more about OC Public Libraries click here.


These Librarian positions are leaders in developing and providing a full range of technical and/or direct library services to the community. Incumbents may develop, implement, and provide programs that promote literacy and love of reading, and facilitate timely access to accurate complete information on all subjects for targeted or general populations. These professional librarians serve as a technical expert in developing, overseeing, and educating others (both members of the public and other staff) on critical library system functions such as information technology, cataloging, and collection management. Professional librarians are proactive in identifying current community needs, projecting future needs, and take the initiative to help the library identify better ways of providing service in the future.

The selected candidates will have the opportunity to:

Lead, plan, organize, and conduct public services programs within a specialty areas (Children's Programming; Adult and Young Adult Reference and Reader's Advisory; Technology Librarian);

Design and publicize programs intended to educate, provide cultural enrichment, and to instruct patrons on how to make optimum use of library materials and technology;

Train, guide and mentor clerical and paraprofessional level staff to provide exceptional customer service;

Anticipate and plan for future community needs for technology and information services;

Actively participate in system wide meetings and professional organizations;

Act as the in-charge librarian in the absence of the manager or supervisor;

Keep current on new technology which will impact library services;

Perform other duties as assigned.


The Ideal candidates will possess these core competencies:

Organizing & Planning Skills
Effective organizing and planning skills to ensure high productivity and efficiency, (examples include development and implementation of Story times, Book Clubs, Craft Clubs, Film Discussions, Career Workshops, Summer Reading programs, Teen programs, guest speakers, author events, etc.); work independently and manage time wisely to effectively prioritize multiple and competing tasks; meet departmental and project goals and deadlines by prioritizing workload and projects.

Communication & Customer Service
Communicate effectively using a variety of methods; communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and individuals from diverse backgrounds; select and apply the most appropriate and effective means to meet situational needs; manage the library environment to enhance the user experience; develop and evaluate standards and practices for the delivery of quality customer service; apply customer service skills to enhance the level of user satisfaction; apply effective techniques to address difficult situations with users; develop and maintain a collection of reference resources to meet community needs; facilitate library users' requests for information.

Technical Expertise
Demonstrate working knowledge of programming languages applicable to digital resources; pursue efforts to sustain and improve the digital resource systems and services; knowledgeable and skilled in working with computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, library databases, integrated library systems and social media such as Twitter and Facebook to showcase/promote library programs, services and events which drive visitors to the library and foster a positive relationship between OC Public Libraries and the community.

Leading Others:
Contribute to a productive workforce through effective recruitment and selection of library branch staff; leads and empowers employees to deliver effective, high-quality library service; establish effective strategies for performance management; work with staff, volunteers and the public; maintain effective relationships with others to achieve common goals; effectively work in teams using strong team-building skills; align efforts with the vision and direction of OC Public Libraries; demonstrates an aptitude for leadership.

Community Outreach
Demonstrate the impact and value of the library to the community through ongoing evaluation and assessment of library services; build support for the library, using the most appropriate methods among a variety of groups; maintain positive public relations through communication and promotion of the library's values, services, accomplishments and needs to all stakeholders; form strategic partnerships with community organizations.


Education: Possession of a graduate degree (Master's) in Library Science/Library and Information Science.

License Requirement: Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Drivers License, Class C or higher, by of appointment.

Minimum Qualifications: The official classification title for this position is "Librarian". Click here for the job specification for more information.

Background Check: All candidates considered for this position will be required to successfully pass a background check to the satisfaction of department. The background check may include professional references, criminal check, educational verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcript), etc.

Physical & Mental Requirements: Click here for a description of the physical, environmental and mental abilities, which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of a Librarian . Applicants are encouraged to contact the recruiter listed for any questions or to request an accommodation during the testing/selection process.


Human Resource Services screens all applications to identify the candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the County. After the initial screening, those who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to and notified of the next steps in the selection process applicable to their status in the competition. Applications must emphasize all the areas in which the applicant has expertise and accomplishments in the specific competencies related to the position.

Application Appraisal Panel | Application Ratings (Weighted 100%) An Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate all application materials for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above. Your application should highlight all of the areas in which you have developed expertise, matching your professional experience with the specific competencies listed in the job bulletin. Your response will be evaluated, so please be descriptive, concise and specific in your response. Clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. The qualified candidates will be placed on the eligible list.


Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" link at the top of this announcement. When your online application with the responses to the required supplemental questions are complete, click "Accept." Please save a copy of your online receipt (confirmation number) for your records.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment contact Chris Hazen at

Frequently Asked Questions:
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedure listed above may be modified. Candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures. All candidates considered for a position will be required to successfully pass a background check consisting of professional references, criminal check, educational verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcript) if you used to meet the minimum qualifications to the satisfaction of the hiring Agency/Department.

Candidates will be notified by email through the site regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at

You are required to provide a full and complete response to each of the questions. The information you provide will be used as a scoring device, so please be descriptive and thorough in your responses. Failure to do so will result in an automatic "disqualification." Incomplete information will result in a lower score. Note: Responses of "See Resume" or copy and paste of work experience are not a qualifying response and will not be scored.

Supplemental questions are designed to help you present your qualifications for this position.

Your qualifications for this position will be rated based only on the information that you supply.

Please provide succinct, concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing these questions.

If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.

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