Library Assistant I/II

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • CA, California
  • Aug 09, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Library Services
  • Salary: $38,043.20 - $51,147.20 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity

The Library is looking for individuals with excellent customer service, problem solving, and communication skills for the position of Library Assistant I/II. Candidates should be flexible and interested in being part of a team. The ideal candidate will provide high level customer service to a diverse community of Library users. Bilingual (Spanish/English) candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Library, click here .

The eligible list generated from this recruitment will be used to fill future extra-help, part-time, and full-time vacancies for the Library Department .

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

Create, learn, discover...with us!

Applicants fluent in English and Spanish language skills are highly encouraged to apply. Additional compensation of $.85 per hour will be paid to eligible certified bilingual 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 work location could be any one of the thirteen branches within Stanislaus County (Ceres, Denair, Empire, Hughson, Keyes, Modesto, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Salida, Turlock, and Waterford).

Library Assistants have varied responsibilities based on work assignment and location. They assist the public in the use of the they library, including obtaining library materials and accessing library resources. They support library operations in the areas of circulation and cataloging, process library materials and customer requests, maintain library collections, and prepare, support and implement library programs for children, teens and adults. Library Assistants may also supervise the operations of a branch library or a department within the library system.

Library Assistant II is distinguished from Library Assistant I in that the former performs the work at the journey level and may have supervisory responsibility for library support staff. Library Assistants acting as leads in community libraries without librarians who are assigned supervisory responsibilities, including evaluations, shall receive five percent (5%) assignment pay when performing in such capacity.

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Community & 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.

Part-time extra-help is a provisional classification where permanent status may not be obtained. This position is subject to overtime, standby, shift, and callback assignments and will perform related duties as assigned. This position is non-benefited except for participation in a 401a program with Nationwide.

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."

Typical Tasks
  • Prepare and conduct story time programs;
  • 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 availability of library 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 of subordinate staff.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, 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, 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 materials;
  • Computers, electronic databases, and e-resources; and
  • Basic statistical techniques.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

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

  • 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 is acquired by one (1) year of experience at the Library Assistant I level. The County Librarian and the Chief Executive Office determine experience levels.


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

  • The equivalent of one (1) year of full-time experience for the Stanislaus County Library.

The Library Assistant I is a Veterans' Preference Program eligible job classification. For more information please click here .

Application and Selection Procedures

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.


Most County recruitments consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicant s are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.

  • Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
  • Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
  • Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months but may be extended up to eighteen months.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. This recruitment may close at any time with out notice.

Apply By:

Oral Examination:

August 24, 2022

Week of September 5, 2022

November 23, 2022

Week of December 5, 2022

February 22, 2023

Week of March 6, 2023


Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.

Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver's License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job related essential functions.

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Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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