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Librarians & Media Collections Specialists

Also called: Audio Visual Specialist, Librarian, Library Media Specialist, Media Technician

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What they do:
Administer and maintain libraries or collections of information, for public or private access through reference or borrowing. Work in a variety of settings, such as educational institutions, museums, and corporations, and with various types of informational materials, such as books, periodicals, recordings, films, and databases. Tasks may include acquiring, cataloging, and circulating library materials, and user services such as locating and organizing information, providing instruction on how to access information, and setting up and operating a library's media equipment.
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
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
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
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Attention to Detail

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
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Web page creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Facebook Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$59,500
$33,820
$94,520
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