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.

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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

Black Belt Librarian

Registration is now open for:

The Black Belt Librarian: Library Security in the Real World
The 2014 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
Presenter: Warren Graham

Two sessions of the same workshop:
Tuesday, April 22, Castro Valley Library (Alameda County) and
Wednesday, April 23, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (San Jose)
Both sessions 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
$20 registration fee
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Do you ever have to handle scary situations with library patrons? In this workshop, library security expert Warren Graham (author of The Black Belt Librarian) will teach you techniques to keep yourself and your library safe when those situations arise.

You will learn:
·       How to approach a perfect stranger and advise them of a rule in a way that will ensure compliance AND keep you and other staff safe
·       How to physically ensure your safety by using your physical surroundings to protect yourself and managing your proximity to patrons
·       How to recognize a patron’s level of emotion
·       When to call for help
·       The essential elements of a workable library security program

Presenter Warren Graham is a nationally renowned expert on day-to-day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for over twenty-five years and has traveled across the United States helping libraries of all sizes control their work environment, including presentations for Infopeople and other library groups. Warren spent seventeen years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, so he is well aware of the problems that front-line library staff experience on a daily basis. He is the author of The Black Belt Librarian: Real World Safety & Security.

The April 22 workshop will held in the meeting room of the 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.

The April 23 workshop will be held in a meeting room at the 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

For more details and to register, go to (Castro Valley) or (San Jose).