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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

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:

PLP Innovation Grant 2013 Recipients Announced!

For a list of all 2013 recipients and their winning projects, visit our Innovation Grants page.

San Mateo Public Library–Deputy City Librarian Opening

San Mateo Public Library has opened the search for a Deputy City Librarian.  See the flyer with all the details below.

Deputy City Librarian – San Mateo Public Library.

Monterey Public and South San Francisco Hiring

Monterey Public Library is hiring for two full-time Youth Services Librarians.  See the job announcement for details.

South San Francisco is also hiring for one part-time (32 hour) Librarian I.  Here’s the link for the announcement.

Both positions are expected to close quickly, so don’t delay in applying if you are interested.

Digital Services Librarian Wanted

Monterey Peninsula College is hiring for a full-time, tenure-track Digital Services Librarian, appointment starting Fall of 2014.  See the Job Announcement for more details.

Site Updates

If you’ve ever wondered about the formal structure of PLP, visit our About page to read our Bylaws and JPA agreements.  Additionally, we have posted recent agendas on our PLP Documents page.

2012 PLP Innovation Grant Awardees

For a list of previous Innovation Grant recipients, and to be able to read their applications to get inspiration or guidance for your own project, visit our Innovation Grants page.

Pacific Library Partnership Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Program


At its October 31st meeting, the PLP Executive Committee approved an allocation of $150,000 to be used to fund an Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Program, based on the BALIS model. BALIS has had such a very successful program since 2006. These grants have produced significant and important results for the recipients.  The Executive Committee expects that this experience will be of great value to PLP member libraries.

Funding Limits

Each grant application may not exceed $15,000.

Criteria for Awards

Funds will be available to fund implementation of an idea, program or vision that provides a new service model or brings a fresh idea or interpretation to an existing model of library service. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate applications based on these criteria:

  1. Service that introduces a new idea, program or vision that is not currently used in PLP or surrounding libraries
  2. Service that may benefit other PLP members
  3. Service that may benefit other California libraries

Review Panel

The PLP Executive Director will recruit a three-person panel from outside of PLP to review funding applications and provide feedback on the proposals.


Grants are due on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.


PLP Grant Application