City of Philadelphia
Exam Announcement Details
Librarian 1 (General)
$43,153 - $48,548
Starting Salary - New employees may be appointed at a step in the pay range above the minimum salary depending on qualifications.
Hiring bonus - $2,000
52 - Free Library of Philadelphia
Amendment to the May exam dates
This is beginning level library work providing library services in a municipal library system for library branches, city departments or agencies, library reference collections and the processing function. Employees in this class are allocated to the General Specialty or to the Children's Services Specialty. Employees in the General Specialty may perform work in the assignment areas of Adult Literacy, Consumer Health Information Services, Early Childhood Learning and Literacy, and Senior Citizen Services. Employees are responsible for providing assistance and reference services to patrons, reviewing and evaluating library materials, selecting materials for inclusion in collections, assisting in the maintenance of reference collections and describing and classifying books. Employees in this class also give talks on library services and facilities to schools and community groups, cooperate with special projects and work with Friends groups and volunteers, conduct library programs and perform other beginning level librarian duties. Work includes supervising, in the absence of a Library Supervisor for a moderate duration of time, library activities and services including the provision of reference and reader advisory services, technical services or cataloging. Incumbents in this class perform progressively more difficult assignments and under increasingly less supervision as they approach the full performance level.
Work is performed under the supervision of a higher level librarian.
J. AFSCME D.C.47 Local 2187
Minimum Training, Education & Experience
The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.
Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements within nine months of the application deadline will be admitted to this examination. Candidates may not be hired until all requirements have been satisfied. Candidates must indicate their anticipated graduation date.
Possession of a fifth year degree from an accredited school of library science.
: Preferred Qualifications for all assignments are in addition to the fifth year degree in library science from an accredited college or university.
Preferred Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university in Education OR Certificate in English as a Second Language (
Preferred Experience: Documented experience as an adult literacy tutor equivalent to one year.
Preferred Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university with major coursework in health sciences or a related field.
Preferred Experience: One year of experience providing health services or health referral services.
Preferred Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university with major coursework in elementary education, child psychology, child development or a related field.
Preferred Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university with major coursework in information technology management, computer science or a related field.
Preferred Experience: One year of experience which includes the use of relational databases in developing web content, web-based statistical packages, or standard markup language for web platform development.
Preferred Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university in gerontology.
Preferred Experience: One year of full-time experience providing targeted library, health, social service or information and referral services to senior citizens.
: Selective Factor Certification may be utilized, as needed, to fill specific assignments in the General Specialty. In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 11.032 - Selective Factor Certification - the appointing authority may request certification of eligible candidates with one or more of the specified qualifications to fill specific positions in this class in the General Specialty. Certification to fill such positions will be made from the two highest-ranking eligible candidates on the eligible list who possess the specified qualifications in the assignment area.
Physical & Medical Requirements
Ability to meet the physical and medical standards approved for this class.
Required Licenses & Certifications
submit a copy of their official college or university transcript(s) indicating completion of the educational requirement at the time of application. Transcripts
indicate conference of the appropriate degree. Candidates with a degree from foreign colleges or universities must submit proof of degree as certified by a professional evaluation service.
If you have ever submitted a paper transcript for any City of Philadelphia civil service examination, you have to submit another transcript
Option 1 - Upload a paperless transcript - One time only!
You may upload transcripts into your account, and attach a transcript with this application. Once the transcript is uploaded to your account, it may be attached to all future applications. You will not have to submit another transcript when you submit applications in the future. Attaching your transcript will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future, and you will be assured that your transcript cannot be misplaced.
Option 2 - Submit a paper transcript - Separate transcript required for each application
If you submit a paper copy of a transcript, the transcript will be used for this application only. You will have to submit transcripts again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Paper transcripts will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.
Mailing address for paper transcript and other required materials (DD-214, licenses, certifications, etc.):
City of Philadelphia
Office of Human Resources
1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard
Municipal Services Building, Room 1530
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Attention: Cornell Q. Weaver
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at (see application details) or send an email to (see application details). For more information, go to: (please use the apply button below)
The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations at (see application details). The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the
Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.
As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person's gross pay for such period, without the person's consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied.
Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works (
) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with
Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of the eligible candidate will be returned to the eligible list.
Only an on-line application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.
For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at (see application details) or by email at (see application details)
Applications must be received by the end of business on April 6, 2018.
Your application will be rejected and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:
1) Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.
2) Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application
All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile.
Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment
. It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct
If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add (see application details)
to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.
Please call the Office of Human Resources at (see application details) or email (see application details) if you have any questions.
Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:
(please use the apply button below)
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Notes to Applicants
Hiring Bonus - Employees are eligible for a lump sum hiring bonus of $2,000.
The bonus will be paid in two parts: $1,000 after the employee has completed three months of satisfactory full-time probationary employment and $1,000 after the employee has completed twelve months of satisfactory full-time employment. The employees must meet all requirements contained in civil service regulation 6.32 to receive the bonus.
. Only an open competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination. Permanent City employees will receive no promotional preference in this examination.
Periodic Eligible List:
The examination for this class is announced on a periodic basis. The eligible list established as a result will be merged as candidates are tested.
Candidates who passed a periodic or continuous examination may not apply for the same examination as long as the candidate's name remains on the eligible list. Candidates who fail or those who pass and whose names are subsequently removed from the eligible list for a continuous or periodic examination may apply for the examination again 180 days following the last date on which the candidate took the examination. If a candidate takes an examination sooner, the candidate will be considered examined in error. The candidate's test papers will not be scored.
Any person who did not appear to take this examination after being notified to appear may re-apply for the same examination now. If you think that you are eligible to apply because you either failed the examination or did not appear to take the examination and you were unsuccessful in your attempt to apply for this examination, please contact the staff member named at the end of the announcement for assistance.
Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.
: The Civil Service Commission has waived the usual requirement that candidates must be residents of Philadelphia within six (6) months of appointment. Establishment of residency in Philadelphia will be required no later than one (1) year after appointment.
: Candidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score.
To receive such preference, candidates must respond to the question regarding residence when they appear to take the examination and to the supplemental question regarding residence later in this form.
If candidates are required to appear to compete in an examination, the response on that day will be used to determine eligibility for preference for residents.
If the examination is a training and experience evaluation, the response on this application will be used to determine eligibility for preference for residents.
If an applicant does not respond to the appropriate residence question, it will be assumed that the applicant does not qualify for residence preference. Eligibility for residence preference must be determined by the date of the test administration. No requests for residence preference will be granted after the test administration.
Ten points for veteran's preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. You must be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. Attach a DD214, member 4, to your application if you wish your eligibility to be reviewed. Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered.
The children or grandchildren of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations. Candidates who qualify for this preference and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score. The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.
Up to 5 additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who has passed the open competitive examination and who has:
A. Successfully completed a term of volunteer service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps
Corps), or AmeriCorps
Such candidates will be awarded five (5) points for the completion of a two-year term of service or three (3) points for the completion of a one year term of service.
B. Successfully completed at least 450 hours of service with AmeriCorps State and National (including Teach for America).
Such candidates will have:
1 point added to their final score if they have completed 450 Hours of the above service.
2 points added to their final score if they have completed 675 Hours of the above service.
3 points added to their final score if they have completed 900 Hours of the above service.
5 points added to their final score if they have completed 1700 Hours of the above service.
The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.
Projected Exam Date
Annual Conference - Philadelphia, Pa
The first holding on this examination is scheduled to be held on March 21-24, 2018 during the
Annual Conference. Please note that this examination date is subject to change.
2. Philadelphia, PA
The second holding of this examination is scheduled to be held from May 1- 4, 2018. Please note that this examination date is subject to change.
Virtual Testing May Be Utilized For This Examination
Candidates taking an oral examination may have their responses rated in person by a panel of Subject Matter Experts on the date of the examination, or have their responses recorded on the date of the examination and rated by Subject Matter Experts at a later date. Please refer all questions regarding this examination to the analyst listed below on the announcement.
A Published List of Candidates and/or an Eligible List is planned for the week of June 4, 2018. Please note that this date may change.
An Eligible List may be established simultaneously with the Published List of Candidates (when an immediate need to hire exists) or upon first certification request by the hiring authority.
In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091B, candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file appeals. In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.11, only candidates who have failed the oral examination may appeal to the Civil Service Commission upon the grounds of irregularity, bias, or fraud in the conduct of the oral test. Issues related to the suitability or adequacy of point scores awarded to passers are not appealable to the Commission. Call (see application details) if you wish to schedule a Test Review
Cornell Q. Weaver
Parts & Weights
City of Philadelphia
Website : http://www.phila.gov
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States.As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 1,526,006, growing to 1,553,165 in 2013 by Census estimates.In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London.Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The cheesesteak and soft pretzel are emblematic of Philadelphia cuisine, which is shaped by the city's ethnic mix. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city and Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world.Gentrification of Philadelphia's neighborhoods continues into the 21st century and the city has reversed its decades-long trend of population loss.