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Over the past five years, San Diego's public library system has taken a beating. In an effort to balance the City's structural deficit, public officials have reduced hours at libraries citywide. But things seem to be looking up for San Diego's bibliophiles and library-goers.

Construction on downtown's new $185 million Main Library is nearing the end. And now the City is throwing more money at the department by announcing the opening of four new librarian positions.

"The City has supported the Library in the addition of hours and hiring is being done to staff these additional hours," writes Misty Jones, the Deputy Director of the library department's Central Division, in a January 15 email.

The new positions include:

-One entry level librarian, Librarian I, position which pays $20.85 to $25.12 an hour to "work in a branch library or a section of the Central Library; and perform other duties as assigned."

--One Librarian II position with a wage of $23.99 to $28.99 to "assist the public in the use of library resources; provide services to children and young adults; review and evaluate the library collection and make recommendations for collection development and maintenance; catalog library books and materials."

-- One Library III position, $26.57 - $32.36 an hour, "for the supervision of a branch library with an annual circulation of less than 185,000 or a major subject area or work unit within a section of the Central Library Division."

--One Librarian IV position which pays $29.20-$35.46, "responsible for the supervision of a branch library with an annual circulation of less than 185,000 or a major subject area or work unit within a section of the Central Library Division; and perform other duties as assigned"

While hiring four employees is an improvement, the new positions don't mean library boosters and department heads can rest on their laurels. Last November, the City announced it was $15 million short of paying for the cost of construction on the new library. In response, it started the "buy a brick" program, encouraging residents to make a donation of $150, $500, or $1,000 and in return will have an engraved brick be placed in the lobby or courtyard of the new Central Library.

The job postings will end on January 22. Go here to see the current openings.

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 15, 2013 @ 4:08 p.m.

35.46/hour, double that for the fringe benefits cost,$71/hour/40/52=$148K/year.

Why we are BK!

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