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Librarians

Also called: Librarian, Library Media Specialist, Public Services Librarian, Reference Librarian

What they do:
Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.
On the job, you would:
  • Check books in and out of the library.
  • Teach library patrons basic computer skills, such as searching computerized databases.
  • Review and evaluate materials, using book reviews, catalogs, faculty recommendations, and current holdings to select and order print, audio-visual, and electronic resources.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Library software
  • Online Computer Library Center OCLC
  • RCL Software Media Library Manager
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology
Web page creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$57,680
$34,100
$90,140
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