PLPSDC Spring Workshop 4/21/15 or 4/22/15

Why Do They Act Like That and How Am I Supposed to Deal With It? : Working Successfully with Teens, Children, and Parents in Public Libraries

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff, especially for staff whose primary focus at work falls outside children’s and teen services.

All of us who work in public libraries have to occasionally address behavioral issues. Children and teens fill most of our libraries every day.  We all work with them and, at times, with their parents.  The presenters will provide practical techniques and resources to work successfully with children and teens.

    Topics will include:

  • Child development by age group
  • Age of reason
  • When can a child be left alone?
  • Children with special needs
  • The reference interview and the child
  • Tween/teen brain changes
  • Teen behavior
  • Distracting vs. dangerous behavior
  • Tips for positive interactions with teens
  • Tips for talking with parents of younger children, of older children, and of teens

Two identical sessions; choose one or the other:
Tuesday, April 21, Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system. On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station. 9:00 am-12 noon (sign-in 8:30-9:00), $15 registration fee

For more info and to register for 4/21, see:

Wednesday, April 22, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the main library of San Jose Public Library. The Fourth Street Garage is across the street from the library. 9:00 am-12 noon (sign-in 8:30-9:00), $15 registration fee

For more info and to register for 4/22, see

Sarah Flowers has worked in California public libraries for 20 years, including five years as Deputy County Librarian at the Santa Clara County Library.  She was the 2011-12 President of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). She is the author of Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA’s Competencies in Action (2011) and Evaluating Teen Services and Programs (2012).

Penny Peck  has been a children’s librarian for 30 years. She has led thousands of children’s storytimes, hundreds of book club discussions for students in grades 4-12, and hundreds of school tours and assemblies.  She has taught classes in children’s and teen services at San Jose State University since 2002.  She has written three books on children’s services, including Crash Course in Children’s Services, 2nd edition (2014).

Supervising Librarian

Livermore Public Library is looking for an enthusiastic Supervising Librarian to oversee system-wide services for children and teens. We are looking for someone who can provide positive and supportive mentorship to staff and who can continue the top-notch children’s services that the Livermore community currently enjoys. The Livermore Public Library is committed to working as a partner with the local school district in providing educational and fun opportunities for Livermore’s youth and last year received the district’s “Partners in Education Award”. The Supervising Librarian will also work as a member of the Library’s Management Team in setting overarching goals for library services.

Livermore is a friendly community in the outer suburbs of the East Bay. Livermore has a vibrant downtown, an active arts scene, and ample shopping opportunities. The main Civic Center Library is a modern and attractive facility located next to beautiful Livermore wine country. In addition to the main Civic Center Library, the Library also operates two small neighborhood branches. The Library’s aim is to be an integral part of the culture of the Livermore community and children’s and teen services are a big part of that goal! If this sounds like the right job for you, please consider submitting an application. For more information and to apply, please follow the links below.


Supervising Librarian
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2/20/15; 5 p.m.

Librarian (Systems/Applications Administrator)

VACANCY:  Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School
Librarian (Systems/Applications Administrator)

Details & APPLY:

How to apply for a US federal government job:

Please watch these videos – applications and resumes for federal jobs are NOT THE SAME as those created for “civilian/university” vacancies!

Librarian Children’s/Teen Services (Part-Time)

The City of Sunnyvale is seeking a Librarian – Children’s/Teen Services (Part-time) responsible for performing a full range of professional library duties in support of assigned functions. Duties include providing information, reference and reader’s advisory services, assisting patrons in locating, selecting and using materials, and planning and conducting programs on topics that include but are not limited to: computer applications, literature, book discussions, science, business and other topics of interest to the community.  The position requires a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program.

The City of Sunnyvale provides an excellent benefits package. A complete application consists of a City application and supplemental questionnaire.  The position opens February 2, 2015 and final filing date is February 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm. For complete information regarding this current opportunity, please visit:

Salary: $30.10 – $38.42 Hourly

There are some changes afoot.

On January 9th Linda Crowe, PLS’s Executive Director announced her retirement and today Susan Hildreth was announced as her successor. Ms. Hildreth will start on March 1.

Dear Colleagues,
It is with both regret and a sense of anticipation that I officially announce my retirement today. I came to PLS in 1983 and have seen PLS grow and move forward in a true model of sharing and collaboration. The work in building the mega systems and PLP has been challenging and rewarding. While I have been Executive Director of Califa, we have had many entrepreneurial enterprises and opportunities that have benefited all libraries in California, both from a visionary as well as a cost-savings perspective. I will continue to work part-time for Califa with CENIC on the broadband infrastructure project.

I expect that an announcement will be made next week regarding my successor and the timing of the transition, but I wanted to give you this information personally.

Linda Crowe


The Peninsula Library System, a consortium of public and community college libraries in San Mateo CA, is pleased to announce that Susan Hildreth will be joining the System as its Executive Director.  She will also assume the responsibilities for its affiliated partners, the Pacific Library Partnership, a California Library Service Act system and Califa, a 501(c)(3) not for profit membership organization that provides services and programs to libraries throughout California.  Hildreth served as the State Librarian of California from 2004 – 2009 and has served in leadership positions in California public libraries since 1980.  Hildreth will complete her term as the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, DC, on January 18, 2015 and will assume her new position on March 1.