2017 Librarians
Median Pay: US$56,880
Entry Level: Master's degree
Summary
Librarians help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. Their job duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public, school, and medical libraries.
Duties

Librarians typically do the following:

  • Help library patrons conduct research and find the information they need
  • Teach classes about information resources
  • Help patrons evaluate search results and reference materials
  • Organize library materials so they are easy to find, and maintain collections
  • Plan programs for different audiences, such as storytelling for young children
  • Develop and use databases of library materials
  • Research new books and materials by reading book reviews, publishers' announcements, and catalogs
  • Choose new books, audio books, videos, and other materials for the library
  • Research and buy new computers and other equipment as needed for the library
  • Train and direct library technicians, assistants, other support staff, and volunteers
  • Prepare library budgets

In small libraries, librarians are often responsible for many or all aspects of library operations. They may manage a staff of library assistants and technicians.

In larger libraries, librarians usually focus on one aspect of library work, including user services, technical services, or administrative services.

The following are examples of types of librarians:

User services librarians help patrons conduct research using both electronic and print resources. These librarians also teach patrons how to use library resources to find information on their own. This may include familiarizing patrons with catalogs of print materials, helping them access and search digital libraries, or educating them on Internet search techniques. Some user services librarians work with a particular audience, such as children or young adults.

Technical services librarians obtain, prepare, and organize print and electronic library materials. They arrange materials to make it easy for patrons to find information. They are also responsible for ordering new library materials and archiving to preserve older items.

Administrative services librarians manage libraries. They hire and supervise staff, prepare budgets, and negotiate contracts for library materials and equipment. Some conduct public relations or fundraising for the library.

Librarians who work in different settings sometimes have different job duties.

Academic librarians assist students, faculty, and staff in colleges and universities. They help students research topics related to their coursework and teach students how to access information. They also assist faculty and staff in locating resources related to their research projects or studies. Some campuses have multiple libraries, and librarians may specialize in a particular subject.

Public librarians work in their communities to serve all members of the public. They help patrons find books to read for pleasure; conduct research for schoolwork, business, or personal interest; and learn how to access the library's resources. Many public librarians plan programs for patrons, such as story time for children, book clubs, or other educational activities.

School librarians, sometimes called school media specialists, work in elementary, middle, and high school libraries, and teach students how to use library resources. They also help teachers develop lesson plans and find materials for classroom instruction.

Special librarians work in settings other than school or public libraries. They are sometimes called information professionals. Law firms, hospitals, businesses, museums, government agencies, and many other groups have their own libraries that use special librarians. The main purpose of these libraries and information centers is to serve the information needs of the organization that houses the library. Therefore, special librarians collect and organize materials focused on those subjects. The following are examples of special librarians:

  • Corporate librarians assist employees in private businesses in conducting research and finding information. They work for a wide range of businesses, including insurance companies, consulting firms, and publishers.
  • Government librarians provide research services and access to information for government staff and the public.
  • Law librarians help lawyers, law students, judges, and law clerks locate and organize legal resources. They often work in law firms and law school libraries.
  • Medical librarians, also called health science librarians, help health professionals, patients, and researchers find health and science information. They may provide information about new clinical trials and medical treatments and procedures, teach medical students how to locate medical information, or answer consumers' health questions.

Resident Librarian in the Sciences - 3 Year Appointment

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Digital Projects and User Experience Librarian (Part-Time)

Type: Part Time
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Education and Curriculum Materials Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
William Paterson University invites applications for a twelve month tenure-track position as Education and Curriculum Materials Librarian at the rank of Librarian III.Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Access and Information Services, the Education and Curriculum Materials...
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Medical School Liaison (UL407)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Required:American Library Association accredited Master's degree in Library/Information Science OR equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.Experience in providing services in one or more areas of medical librarianship. Examples of such services may include, but are...
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UMN
Minneapolis, MN

Graduate Library Preprofessional

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Cartographic Metadata Librarian (UL405)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Required:American Library Association accredited Master's degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.One year minimum original cataloging experience using current cataloging standards and tools (Resource Description and Access (...
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UMN
Minneapolis, MN

Education and Research Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Hello,NYU Health Sciences Library welcomes applicants for the position of Education and Research Librarian, a faculty appointment in the NYU School of Medicine. See the full job description and apply online at: https://apply.interfolio.com/61824The Education and Research Librarian will have primary...
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Education and Research Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
NYU Health Sciences Library welcomes applicants for the position of Education and Research Librarian, a faculty appointment in the NYU School of Medicine.The Education and Research Librarian will have primary responsibility for providing evidence-based medicine and related information skills...
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Pauline A. Young Resident, Manuscripts and Archives Unit, Special Collections Department

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position: Pauline A. Young Resident, Manuscripts and Archives Unit, Special Collections DepartmentSearch #: 106288Deadline: March 29, 2019Pay Grade: 29EThe University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press seeks a dynamic early career librarian to process manuscript and archival collections....
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Librarian for Reference and Research Services

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Librarian for Reference and Research ServicesReq. #D-18-LIB-00026Princeton University Library seeks a creative, energetic, collaborative, and service-oriented professional to provide innovative reference and research services for Princeton students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The successful...
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Fall 2018 Intern, CNN Library

Type: Internship
This is our storyWe are the now and the next. The power behind the people building the future. We are born from the spirit of innovation. We are created from the idea that people around the world want more, need more, deserve more. We are the home of the global digital revolution. We are CNN.See...
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Atlanta, GA

AM2018: Research and Instruction Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The UC Hastings Law Library seeks a talented and enthusiastic law librarian for the position of Research and Instruction Librarian. Under the general supervision of the Library Deputy Director, the Research and Instruction Librarian provides legal reference, research and instructional services to...
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Diversity Resident Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The University Libraries have established a two-year Post MLS Diversity Residency program to provide growth and development for a newly degreed librarian who has a demonstrated commitment to diverse and historically underrepresented populations. The purpose of the Residency program is to attract a...
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Health Sciences Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The University of Houston Libraries seeks a highly creative candidate for the position of Health Sciences Librarian at the new Health Sciences Library, located in the main campus biomedical district. The Library serves the Colleges of Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy, as well as other health-...
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Summer 2018 Intern - CNN Library

Type: Internship
This is our storyWe are the now and the next. The power behind the people building the future. We are born from the spirit of innovation. We are created from the idea that people around the world want more, need more, deserve more. We are the home of the global digital revolution. We are CNN.See...
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Atlanta, GA

Spring 2018 Intern - CNN Library

Type: Internship
This is our storyWe are the now and the next. The power behind the people building the future. We are born from the spirit of innovation. We are created from the idea that people around the world want more, need more, deserve more. We are the home of the global digital revolution. We are CNN.See...
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Atlanta, GA

Fall 2017 Intern - CNN Library

Type: Internship
This is our storyWe are the now and the next. The power behind the people building the future. We are born from the spirit of innovation. We are created from the idea that people around the world want more, need more, deserve more. We are the home of the global digital revolution. We are CNN.See...
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Atlanta, GA