Library Assistant I/II

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • CA, California
  • Dec 27, 2018
Full Time Education and Training Library Services
  • Salary: $31,262.40 - $42,016.00 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position


Library Assistant I: $15.03 - $18.27 Hourly
Library Assistant II: $16.62 - $20.20 Hourly

This recruitment is being conducted to fillmultiple vacanciesfor the Library and establish an eligible list to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County.

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Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and California's Central Coast. With an estimated 538,388 people calling this area home, the community reflects a region rich in diversity with a strong sense of community. Two of California's major north-south transportation routes (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) intersect the area and the County has quickly become one of the dominant logistics center locations on the west coast.

The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts, a symphony orchestra, and abundant visual and performing arts.Stanislaus County is a global center for agribusiness, positioned by its mild Mediterranean climate, rich soils and progressive farming practices.

The area is recognized internationally for agricultural innovation with wine, almonds, poultry, milk, cattle, and walnuts being some of the features industries. The County is also home to Stanislaus State University, Modesto Junior College and benefits from satellite locations of other high quality educational institutions. The County was established in 1854 and has a total land area of 1,515 square miles. Temperatures range from an average low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, to an average high of 85 degrees in the summer.


The Stanislaus County Library system consists of thirteen branches (Ceres, Denair, Empire, Hughson, Keyes, Modesto, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Salida, Turlock, and Waterford) and includes a staff of approximately 160 full-time and part-time employees.


Library Assistants serve the public at each library. The incumbent may be required to work evening and weekend hours.All libraries in Stanislaus County are currently closed on Sundays.The libraries in Denair, Empire, Hughson, and Newman are also currently closed on Mondays.The work location could be any one of the thirteen branches within Stanislaus County.

Library Assistant II is distinguished from the Library Assistant I in that the former performs the work at the journey level and may have supervisory responsibility for library support staff.

Library Assistant I/IIs act asleads in community libraries, without librarians. Library Assistant I/IIs are assigned supervisory responsibilities, including evaluations and shall receive five percent (5%) assignment pay when performing in such capacity.


Stanislaus County Library engages all members of the community and offers access to information, knowledge, and the tools for innovation and personal development.

Typical Tasks
  • Provide assistance to customers by explaining and demonstrating the use of the online catalog, the library classification system, the periodical and reference collections, and other print or electronic databases;
  • Provide assistance to customers on public computers and demonstrate the use of library applications on mobile devices;
  • Advise and assist customers on the availabilityoflibrary material at sites within the library system, and at other libraries;
  • Explain library procedures and policies;
  • Search local collection and sources in answering branch or system reference inquiries;
  • Assist customers with requests and provide information relating to their special interests, and furnish specific information about books, authors, publishers, e-resources, and electronic databases;
  • Issue and renew library cards, check in and check out library materials, and collect fines and other fees;
  • Process library requests received from throughout the library system;
  • Provide supervision over support staff in maintaining efficient work flow;
  • Incumbent assigned to a lead position provide supervision over all branch staff, which may include other Library Assistants; and
  • Complete performance evaluations on subordinate staff.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)

  • Establish and maintain record files;
  • Use a computer effectively;
  • Express oneself effectively both in writing and in public speaking;
  • Mental acuity to perform the functions of this position in an accurate and timely fashion;
  • Hear and understand speech at normal room levels and on the telephone;
  • Manual dexterity necessary to perform the essential functions of the position;
  • Observe system policies and procedures; and
  • Make sound judgments and decisions under stress.

  • Library terminology;
  • Library practices and techniques, including online cataloging and the Dewey Decimal System;
  • Types and uses of library material;
  • Computers, electronic databases, and e-resources; and
  • Basic statistical techniques.


  • Two (2)years of experiencein a public library; OR
  • College education may be substituted for the experience outlined above on a year-for-year basis.

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  • One (1) year of experience as a Library Assistant I or a comparable position in a public library; OR
  • A combination of training and experience sufficient to gain the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities required for performing at the II level. Typically, this isacquired by one (1) year of experience at the Library Assistant I level. The County Librarian and the Chief Executive Office determine experience levels.

  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screeningwill focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "Duties" section of the online application.

  • Six (6) months experience working in a public library.

Application and Selection Procedures


Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Community and Health Services bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classified position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities and religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application.

  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.


Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management."


Find out if you qualify for the AES Public Service Loan Forgiveness(PSLF) program for full-time public sector employees by contacting (866)706-5005.


Learn more about Club Wellness, a program designed to facilitate and encourage the good health of the Stanislaus County's workforce.


Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this bulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/Human Resources.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous