Category Archives: Library

Berkeley Public Library Director Recruitment

The Berkeley Public Library system enjoys great community support through an ongoing library tax, bond measures that funded renovation of Central and the four neighborhood branches, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. Its innovation, diversity, and outreach provide tremendous opportunities for a Library leader, who will report directly to a Library Board of Trustees. The Hawkins Company is conducting this search, for which they are asking responses by July 15, 2016. For more information, please see below link to the brochure.

Recruitment for Director of Library Services for the Berkeley Public Library.

One Million Readers Tweets for Libraries

For adults about kids

SRC LogoPublic library summer reading programs are a great way to keep kids engaged during summer. Visit your library for info! #onemillionreaders

Help your kids set and meet reading goals this summer. Join a public library summer reading program! #onemillionreaders

Want your kids to learn and have fun this summer? Visit your local library and sign up for summer reading! #onemillionreaders

Libraries help kids explore a world of reading! Visit your local library to start your summer reading adventure! #onemillionreaders

Visit your library for summer reading and summer fun all summer long! #onemillionreaders

Parents! Model healthy reading habits for your kids & join a public library summer reading program this year. #onemillionreaders

Public library summer reading programs help prevent learning loss. Visit your library this summer #onemillionreaders

For summer learning/enrichment/camp staff

Public libraries are great summer partners! Visit your local library to find out about summer reading and other programs! #onemillionreaders

Sign up your students for a public library summer reading program and help them set and meet reading goals this summer! #onemillionreaders

For teens

Public libraries are great places to hang out! Stop by, ask about summer reading and programs, and bring your friends. #onemillionreaders

Bored of the mall? Get to your library for free programs, books, and prizes! #onemillionreaders

What do Divergent, Maze Runner and TFIOS have in common? They started out as books! Check out your library this summer #onemillionreaders

For adults about adults

Summer reading isn’t just for kids! Join the adult summer reading program @ your library! #onemillionreaders

Public libraries connect you with books all summer long! Visit your local library to find out more! #onemillionreaders

Still time to sign up for the One Million Readers Challenge


Dear colleagues,

It’s not too late to let CLA know that you’re taking part in California’s One Million Readers summer reading challenge.

Participating libraries have committed to creating partnerships and conducting outreach to increase their summer reading participation this year.

Are you doing this? Use our online form before the end of July to let us know that you’re part of the challenge!

Join over 100 public libraries and state and local partners in pledging your support to increase the number of children, teens, and adults who take part in California’s public library summer reading programs.

State Librarian, Greg Lucas, says: “Summer reading programs help prevent “summer slide.” They close the opportunity gap. They offer learning opportunities for all ages and build communities. So how incredible would it be to help 1 million Californians fall deeper in love with reading?” Read full message from Greg Lucas.

We hope you will join us in encouraging more children, teens, and adults to benefit from California’s summer reading programs!

Division Manager – San José Public Library

Job Title: Division Manager – San José Public Library 

Salary Range: $90,515 – $138,249

Closing Date:  July 27, 2015

Apply online:

Contact Information: Heidi Dolamore, Assistant Director at or at (650) 515-2356.

About the Position

A Division Manager is part of the San José Public Library System’s seven-member Library Management Team, responsible for providing leadership and direction in ensuring quality service to best meet the needs of the customer. Division Managers direct major library divisions, such as branch management, King Library oversight, staff development, joint facilities, early education, adult literacy, training, and youth services. The ideal candidate will have strong, demonstrated skills in leadership, management, communication, teamwork, planning and problem solving; have knowledge of current automation technology and trends; be aware of and support, practice and promote the Mission, Vision and Value statement of the City of San Jose and the San José  Public Library, including the principles and strategies for improving customer service. We are looking for bright, energetic, innovative, risk-taking, thoughtful, idea-filled and dedicated candidates who are interested in working to improve library services to a very diverse city.

About SJPL

San José Public Library, located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country’s 10th largest city, SJPL focuses its efforts on knowledge access, community learning and public technology. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library. For more information, visit

Minimum Qualifications 

Education: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university.

Experience: Six years of progressively responsible experience, including three years of supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Librarians as Mandated Reporters

From: Mary Minow,
Subject: Librarians as Mandated Reporters

Question presented: Should public librarians, specifically librarians who work with children and teens, be added to the roster of City mandated reporters?


It is not advisable. Librarians are not listed in the Mandated Reporter categories and do not supervise the public.

The California Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) at California Penal Code Section 11165.7(a) defines 44 categories of “mandated reporter.” Librarians are not included in that list. The issue is whether the following broad category could include library staff.

(8) An administrator or employee of a public or private
organization whose duties require direct contact and supervision of

The application of this provision is fact-based. When do library employees’ duties require direct contact and supervision of children? Largely the answer is that librarians do not supervise children.

Libraries tend to explicitly state as much, as in the Berkeley Unattended Children policy (italics added):

The Berkeley Public Library welcomes children of all ages. Library staff strive to provide a safe and appropriate environment for all Library users. Our libraries, however, are public buildings, and any public place may be dangerous or frightening for a child who is left unattended even for brief periods of time. Library facilities are neither designed for nor licensed to provide childcare.

Parents and caregivers are solely responsible for the welfare and the behavior of children using the Library. Children aged seven or younger must be supervised by a responsible caregiver at all times while they are in the Library.

Even in the event that the library employee takes on a closer role with an individual child, such as:

If a child aged seven or younger is found to be unattended in any area of the Library (or an unattended child aged eight or older is found in distress), staff will stay with the child while they attempt to locate the child’s caregiver. If Library staff cannot find the child’s parent or caregiver, the Berkeley Police will be notified and asked to assume care of the child.

If a child is found unattended in the library at closing and is unable to wait for a caregiver alone, two members of staff will stay inside the library with the child while they attempt to contact a caregiver. If a parent or caregiver cannot be located or cannot take responsibility for the child in a timely manner, the Berkeley Police will be notified and asked to assume care of the child.

… the policy goes on to clearly state that

Any public place may be dangerous for a child who is left unattended even for brief periods of time. Parents and other caregivers are solely responsible for the welfare and the behavior of children using the Library.

The closest to supervision that library employees are likely to engage in with the public would be during children’s programming in which parents are excluded. Even in these cases, if the child is free to leave and rejoin his or her caregiver, the library employee is not necessarily supervising. The legal obligation that schools and day care facilities have to provide adequate supervision to children is not imposed on public libraries. For more on the definition of “adequate supervision” by schools and day care facilities, see

In such settings, and in with general work with children, it is quite possible that library staff will come in contact with children who have or could be suspected of having been abused or neglected. In fact, Lynn Kysh, a library student at UCLA found that of 92 library online survey respondents, 54% said that they had encountered an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect, in their role as information professionals. She found that 54% of respondents said that their library did not have a policy regarding suspected child abuse and neglect and only 11% said their library had a formal written policy. She recommends that every library that serves minor have a formal written policy regarding suspected child abuse and neglect, and that training be made available to all public library staff. Original Survey: Poster: Handout:

Library staff in these situations are considered permissive reporters.

Permissive reporters, mandated reporters and patron confidentiality

Library staff, like “any other person,” (see California Penal Code Section 11166(g) are permissive reporters. This allows them to report real and suspected abuse without the onerous requirements faced by mandated reporters. For example, a staff member would be permitted to go to a library supervisor with the information without the requirement to report to the appropriate agency. Staff members may also make anonymous reports when they are permissive reporters.

A conflict concerning patron confidentiality arises if library staff are reclassified as mandatory reporters. California Penal Code Section 11167(a) requires reporters to supply

the child’s name, the child’s address, present location, and, if applicable, school, grade, and class; the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the child’s parents or guardians; and the name, address, telephone number, and other relevant personal information about the person or persons who might have abused or neglected the child. The mandated reporter shall make a report even if some of this information is not known or is uncertain to him or her.

The consequence for failing to report is up to six months in jail and/or $1000 fine. If found to be willful, it is up to a year in jail and/or $5000 fine. California Penal Code Section 11166.01.

On the other hand, California Government Code Section 6267 requires that patrons’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses be kept confidential when the library has been given them by the patron in order to be eligible to borrow or use library materials. The only exceptions that allow this disclosure are written patron consent, administration of the library itself, or by order of the appropriate superior court.

If classified as mandated reporters, it is quite possible that staff members would violate Section 6267 in order to supply protected personal information and ensure they are not faced with stiff penalties. If they remain permissive reporters, they may still pass along tips and when warranted, a fuller investigation may proceed including a court order.

Library staff that supervise volunteers and youth employees are already included as mandated reporters and do not need new categorization

Although the library does not supervise the public, there are situations in which library staff take on a supervisory role with volunteers and youth employees. In these cases, the staff members who supervise are already included in the mandated reporter category under California Penal Code Section 11165.7(a)(8) that covers employees whose duties require direct contact and supervision of children. This narrow group of employees must have special training in the role and obligations of mandated reporters.

Legislative Note
A proposed amendment to include librarians as mandated reporters under state law was introduced in Assembly Bill 20, by Assembly Member Waldron in the 2013-2014 Regular Session of the California Legislature. on December 3, 2012. On February 25, 2013, the provisions adding librarians were deleted.