Librarian, California State Library


Provides genealogy reference service to state employees, members of the public, and to other libraries, using books, periodicals, indexes, electronic databases, the Internet and other resources. Assists library patrons, both remotely and in person, in the use of resources in the Sutro’s genealogy and local history collection and other relevant sections of the State Library. Refers patrons to information resources outside of the California State Library. Works the reference desk and creates and/or updates procedures related to reference. Assists with training of new staff and volunteers.

Serials Cataloging

Works with the cataloging department to make sure serials and journal publications are cataloged and holding records are correct and maintained.


Prepares and conducts talks to genealogical and historical groups interested in the genealogy. Conducts tours and orientations of Sutro’s genealogy collection. Adroit use of social media in order to grow collection awareness. Coordinates with volunteers to hold quarterly events.

InterLibrary Loan

Reviews incoming interlibrary loan (ILL) requests and verifies Sutro’s holdings in microfiche, periodical, and book titles. Fulfills requests either digitally or by mail. Sorts requests by circulating and non-circulating materials. Refers difficult ILL questions to the Director.

Collections Development/Maintenance

Evaluates donations and acquisition of genealogy-related materials (including periodicals, newspapers and books) for inclusion in the collection. Maintains current collection with an eye towards conservation and digital access.


Prepares bibliographies and guides as needed. Participates in State Library study groups and serves on State Library committees. Provides research and reports as requested by the Sutro Library Director, the Chief of State Library Services, and/or the State Librarian.

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