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Your leading edge Library career starts with the San Jose Public Library!


Explore a Career with SJPL

San José Public Library (SJPL) serves a culturally diverse population of nearly 959,000 in the country's 10th largest city.  SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of nearly 14 million items. Award-winning staff strive 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 received the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.


Current SJPL Employment Opportunities


Job Title: Librarian I/II - Web Team

Salary:  $60,507 - $78,728

Open: Date10/6/2014

Close Date: 10/15/2014


Position and Duties

We are seeking a Web Librarian to complete our friendly team of five, (1 Senior Librarian-Web Manager, 3 Full-Time Librarians, and 1 Full-Time Library Clerk) in the pursuit of enhancing SJPL's online presence. The ideal candidate  will be familiar with web trends and current principles of web design, responsive web design, accessibility, and have some programming (e.g. PHP and/or Javascript/Jquery) knowledge and Drupal experience.  We are also looking for a candidate that has the ability and desire to conduct frequent usability studies, analyze the results of those studies and make recommendations for improvements. There is also an opportunity to participate on SJPL's blogging and social media team. 


Our librarians are community leaders, using their professional skills in finding ways to keep the library in the forefront of providing access to technology, information, lifelong learning, entertainment and inspiration people need to lead better lives.  The job description enumerates the range of duties expected, but above all we are looking for flexible, service-oriented, friendly, and smart librarians, wanting to make a difference and to keep growing in their chosen profession.


Experience with web design principles, information architecture and web tools; Drupal or other content management systems; programming languages such as PHP and/or Javascript/Jquery is highly desirable.


Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:

- Education:  A Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university.

- Experience: Librarian I - None; Librarian II - Minimum one year of full-time professional library experience.


How To Apply:


To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity and apply online with the City of San José, please visit the City of San José’s employment page at



Job Title: Volunteer Coordinator (FT) - San José Public Library

Salary: $47652.80 - $57948.80

Open: 9/22/2014

Close Date: 10/08/2014​


Position and Duties

The Volunteer Program for the San José Public Library is coordinated by a two person team including the Volunteer Services Analyst and Volunteer Coordinator.  The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for assisting with managing the system wide volunteer program, supporting staff who work with volunteers at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and twenty-two branch libraries throughout the city of San José, and working directly with volunteers. 

The selected candidate will assist with developing system wide volunteer programs; preparing training materials and training volunteers and staff; planning and implementing volunteer recognition activities; promotional campaigns to increase the number of library volunteers; representing the Library at community events related to volunteerism; responding to public inquiries about volunteer opportunities (both verbally and in writing); recruiting, interviewing, and training potential volunteers; maintaining records and compiling data on the volunteer program; and coordinating volunteers for special events. The Volunteer Coordinator will use online recruitment tools, the City's online volunteer management software, and train and support staff in using these tools. The selected candidate will assist with the volunteer services website and maintaining internal online resources for staff. Other related duties may also be performed and areas of assigned responsibility may vary based on the needs of the unit. Due to the nature of this position, occasional evening and weekend hours will be required.


Minimum Qualifications

1. Education: Successful completion of high school, General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate or California Proficiency Certificate. 
2. Experience:  One (1) year experience in managing a volunteer program. ​


How To Apply:

To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity and apply online with the City of San José, please visit the City of San José’s employment page at


How To Apply:

To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity and apply online with the City of San José, please visit the City of San José’s employment page at


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Library Career Employment Workshops and Webinars

SJPL hosts and participates in various library employment workshops and webinars.  To be notified of future and workshops email


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Volunteer Opportunities
SJPL has an extensive volunteer program.  To find more information on current volunteer opportunities and to start gaining valuable and rewarding experience working in a library, go to the SJPL’s Volunteer page to sign up. 

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