The County of Yolo is currently recruiting for a County Librarian. The Yolo County Library provides public library services to the entire County, except for the City of Woodland, with branch locations in Clarksburg, Davis, Esparto, Knights Landing, West Sacramento, Winters and Yolo. The Library Administration/Operations and Technical Services divisions are located in Woodland. The Library budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is $6,590,483 and the major source of revenue is a dedicated property tax. Other sources of revenue include the Davis parcel tax, city support, the Countywide general fund, Friends of the Library donations, grants and use of the reserves. There are currently 39 regular employees as well as a large group of employees that work in an extra-help capacity. The Library is currently updating its Facilities Master Plan with a Strategic Plan that was updated in 2015. Major projects on the horizon include the following: the re-design and construction of the Yolo Branch Library; the renovation and possible addition to the Archives and Records Center; and the construction of the South Davis Library pending funding provisions.
Public library services include collection management, circulation, internet access, reserves and interlibrary loans, virtual branch and database services, computer and software applications, diverse programs for all ages, homework and research assistance, literacy programming, reference and information services and instruction, family and children resources, Archives and Records Center services and preservation, and the provision of meeting and study rooms.
The Yolo County Library is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive employee workforce that is reflective of the population and who are knowledgeable, encouraging and continually supporting of communities in the region. The Library is committed to nurturing an environment where differences are valued and all staff are part of a productive, high performing team that delivers quality services to all customers.
The County Librarian serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority and is responsible for managing and directing a balanced county library system that includes a comprehensive program of library services. Policies are set by the Board of Supervisors and general administrative direction is provided by the County Administrator. The County Library Advisory Board advises the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian. The County Librarian is also the County’s Chief Archivist.
There is a tremendous opportunity for innovation in resolving the challenges facing the Library, the communities, and the County as a whole. This is a system with the potential for growth, the commitment to build knowledgeable staff to collaborate with partners, and broad-based support across the County which provide opportunities to make a positive difference.
The County Librarian will have the authority of the County leadership to lead the Library to the next level, a base of dedicated funding, strong Friends of the Library groups and community support, a high level of employee engagement, and the opportunity to make a difference in the County. The Board of Supervisors value the good standing and positive impact of the Library in the community, and are cognizant and supportive of the Library’s needs.
This position promises to be professionally rewarding not only for its potential to improve the quality of library service in Yolo County but for its potential to influence regional and statewide library development. Yolo County’s proximity to the State Capitol, state government, and the State Library give the County Librarian access to a broader leadership role.
For more information about this exciting position, please visit our “Employment Opportunities” page at www.yolocounty.org. The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, May 26, 2017. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please submit your cover letter, detailed resume and salary requirements via U.S. mail, fax or email to: