SJPL Hiring Senior Librarians

Do you want to work for one of the most exciting and innovative library systems in the nation? San Jose Public Library is currently seeking to fill multiple Senior Librarian vacancies. This leadership role is responsible for engaging the community by establishing our sites as hubs of diversity, literacy, and technology. Start your cutting edge library career today!
For more information, and how to apply, please see the official job posting:
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Library Talent Exchange Program

The PLP Executive Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the Library Talent Exchange Program.  Applications are due to Terry Jackson at  by Wednesday, April 30th.   The Committee endorses this program as they believe it will provide great value as a staff development opportunity for our members.  For description of the program and the application form, click here.

New State Librarian Appointed

Governor Brown announced the appointment of a new State Librarian two days ago.  For the full announcement, click here.

Newly appointed State Librarian, Greg Lucas

City of Sunnyvale Hiring Supervising Librarian

Supervising Librarian
Salary: $91,451.00 – $107,589.00 Annually

The City of Sunnyvale is seeking a Supervising Librarian responsible for planning, organizing, directing and supervising public library services for a program area within the Library and Community Services Department such as children’s/teen; technical services; information technology; adult/collection development; performs a variety of technical tasks relative to an assigned area of responsibility.

The position requires a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Library and Information Science or related field, and four years of professional public library experience which includes some lead or supervisory responsibilities.

The City of Sunnyvale provides an excellent benefits package. A complete application consists of a City application and supplemental questionnaire.  The position opens March 11, 2014 and final filing date is April 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm. For complete information regarding this current opportunity, please visit:

South San Francisco Library Hiring

South San Francisco Public Library is hiring a Library Program Manager.  Applications must be received for by April 4th, 2014.  The flyer follows.  Lib Prg Mgr Patron Svcs job flyer

Literacy Specialist Needed for San Mateo Public Library

The deadline for all applicants is March 31st for the Literacy Specialist position at San Mateo Public Library.  For details, please open the following link:  Literacy Specialist Job Announcement 2014.

Black Belt Librarian Workshop

See our previous post on the details of the Black Belt Librarian Workshop.  There are still openings!  Again, this workshop is open to ALL staff levels, so please get the word out to everyone, from Aides and Pages to Librarians and Senior Staff.

Berkeley Public Library Hiring Library Services Manager

Library Services Manager Recruitment Now OPEN through March 10th!

Situated between rolling hills and the San Francisco Bay, the Berkeley Public Library, established in 1893, has a Central Library and four branches, Tool Lending Library & Adult Literacy program. For its population size, Berkeley Public Library is one of the most heavily used public libraries in California. The Berkeley Public Library supports the individual’s right to know by providing free access to information and developing collections and services that meet the needs of our diverse community. This is an especially exciting time for BPL as we have recently completed a $26 million branch project to renovate our four branch libraries and are now looking to makeover our Central Library which was constructed in 2002.  Additionally, the Library is embarking on a new strategic planning process which will help determine the Library’s direction for the next 3 years.

The Berkeley Public Library is currently looking for a qualified and energetic candidate to lead Adult and Teen Services and Collection Development.

The Library Services Manager is considered a division head accountable for major system wide programs, services and operations. Responsibilities include; the oversight and supervision of all planning, budgeting, operations and personnel management activities in our Reference and Art & Music divisions as well as Teen Services and Collection Development. Additionally, this position establishes, directs, and maintains standards of service to adults and teens system-wide, including oversight of system-wide collection development/management, public events and programs, customer service standards, electronic resources, and outreach to adults and teens.  If you are the type of leader that prefers to tackle challenges with innovative and creative ideas, this is the ideal opportunity for you.

Base Salary Range: $92,244-$111,168

Benefits: 100% Health Insurance; Delta Dental covers 90% of services with $2000 annual cap;  Life Insurance with option to purchase supplemental coverage; two weeks vacation + 3 floating holidays and 1 week of administrative leave; drastically discounted health club membership and transit subsidies.
Library employees are included in CalPERS. Retirement formulas are dependent on individuals’ eligibility.

Join us in leading an experienced staff which possesses a diverse range of talents and specialties with a constant emphasis on the highest quality customer service to Library users, in a community that is passionately supportive of its public library.

To Apply:
Additional information including job and application requirements and salary and benefits info can be found at the City of Berkeley’s employment page at

Who Needs Libraries: Services and Facilities Planning for the Future

The Pacific Library Partnership announces that registration is now open for:

Who Needs Libraries: Services and Facilities Planning for the Future
What are newest trends in library services and facility design and how do they affect your library?  What strategies should you employ to successfully remodel an existing facility in a practical and cost-effective manner?

Through a lively mix of image-based slide shows of current best practices and successful “makeover” projects and engaging participatory exercises, Kathy Page and Susan Kent will bring their experience working with libraries in the US and beyond to Northern California in a workshop that will include a focused look at planning for the future of library services and library facilities including:

  • Great Customer Experience – How to make it happen
  • Assumptions and Trends for Library Service in the Future
  • Facilities for the Future
  • Interior Makeover 101: Remodeling existing space – Practical strategies and successful examples

This workshop will be offered in three locations:

Friday, March 28th, Fremont Public Library, (Alameda County Library) Fremont
Thursday, April 3rd,  San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco
Friday, April 4th,  Scotts Valley Branch Library (Santa Cruz City-County Library System)

All sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with sign-in from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

Registration is $20.00 and there is a limit of 20 attendees per session.

The Presenters:  Kathy Page is a nationally recognized library facility planner with 15 years of experience and 150 completed projects, primarily in California and the West Coast.  Her practice focuses on the space and programmatic needs of public libraries, with a specific emphasis on accommodating emerging and innovative service models.  She works with architectural design firms as well as directly with cities, counties and other public sector jurisdictions to assess space needs, develop building programs and plan interior space remodels of existing facilities.
Susan Kent has extensive experience in public libraries.   She has served as the Director and Chief Executive of The Branch Libraries for the New York Public Library, City Librarian of Los Angeles Public Library and Director of the Minneapolis Public Library.  In these and other capacities, she has planned and built more than 80 libraries.  Kathy and Susan have recently worked together on the Dayton, Ohio Metropolitan Libraries planning for their Main Library and several branches.  We are pleased to bring them to three locations within PLP for our member libraries.

For more details and to register go to:

Fremont on Friday, March 28th:

San Francisco on Thursday, April 3rd:

Scotts Valley on Friday, April 4th:

Partnering with Your Local Schools: An Infopeople Online Course

A Smart Partnership: Collaborating Successfully with Your Local Schools
An Infopeople online course, March 25, 2014 to April 21, 2014

Establishing a partnership between your public library and public school may be one of the smartest investments of time and effort your library can make. Creating a successful partnership leverages funding and expertise in a visible way and benefits both partners. In this course you will learn…

  • The basic concepts of an effective partnership
  • Why partnerships between schools and libraries are especially beneficial to all parties involved
  • How to assess and repackage existing K-12 program components into a comprehensive partnership
  • How to plan and implement a strong and lasting public library/school partnership

Instructor: Valerie Gross

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
For a complete course description and to register go to