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.

SALLIE BINGHAM INTERN, LIBRARIES

Type: Internship
Duke University:Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America's leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked...
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Resident Librarian in the Sciences - 3 Year Appointment

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Resident Librarian in the SciencesBryn Mawr College Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) invites applications from early career librarians for a three-year position as Resident Librarian in the Sciences. The library residency program is intended to offer an opportunity for entry-...
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Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
WESTMINSTER CHOIR COLLEGE OF RIDER UNIVERSITY, Princeton, New Jersey, is looking for a Music Librarian (reference, and collection development, and other duties as needed).Description: Talbot Library seeks an energetic, and self-motivated individual who has an interest in working in a highly focused...
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Technology Lead

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position SummaryThe University of Arizona Libraries seek a Technology Lead for CATalyst Studios, our new makerspace and digital research center opening in the renovated Main Library Fall of 2019. This space will be an expansion of our current makerspace, the iSpace (https://new.library.arizona.edu/...
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Digital Projects and User Experience Librarian (Part-Time)

Type: Part Time
Job Description SummaryUnder the general supervision of the Library Director, this part time librarian works in a collaborative environment to actively engage with students and faculty to understand and effectively respond to their information and research needs at the point of contact, working...
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INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGIST

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding...
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Catalog/Metadata Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Focus:Under the general direction of the Head of Rare Book Cataloging, the Catalog/Metadata Librarian creates, enhances, and maintains original and complex bibliographic and authority records for a wide range of special collections materials in various formats for the Beinecke Rare Book...
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Archivist Intern

Type: Internship
Start Date: June 2019End Date: May 2020Basic Function of the Position: To assist the librarians in capturing CTA's almost 100 year history, both past and presentCritical Duties and Responsibilities:Organizing documents, creating checklists, scanning items, checking sources, writing summaries,...
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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

Reference Assistant Intern

Type: Internship
General SummaryThe Reference Assistant Intern is responsible for assisting attorneys and staff with ready reference and directed research assignments, including interlibrary loan and document retrieval. The Reference Assistant Intern reports directly to the DC Senior Library Manager. The A&B...
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Dean of the James E. Walker Library

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Middle Tennessee State University is seeking a creative and dynamic individual to lead the institution's James E. Walker Library and invites applications for the position of Dean. Located 35 miles south of Nashville in historic Murfreesboro, Tennessee, one of the fastest growing cities in the...
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Graduate Library Preprofessional

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Posting TitleGraduate Library PreprofessionalOverviewThe Graduate Library Preprofessional (GLP) Program, administered by The Catholic University of America Libraries with the cooperation of the Department of Library and Information Science, has a twofold purpose: providing selected new students in...
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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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Head, Science and Engineering Library

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek an innovative, strategic, and service-focused information professional to lead the Science and Engineering (S&E) Library. The position reports to a Director of who oversees a cluster of related libraries and who reports to the Associate...
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USC
Los Angeles, CA

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 the Fine Arts

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Librarian for the Fine ArtsNew York University: NYU - Domestic: Division of LibrariesLocation: New York, New YorkOpen Date: Feb 26, 2019DescriptionNew York University Libraries seeks a liaison librarian supporting the departments of Art History; Museum Studies; Art Therapy and Art Education; Arts...
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Intern: Biogen Library

Type: Internship
This is a full-time internship role from June - August 2019 located in Cambridge.Deadline for applications is March 15, 2019.The Biogen Library and Information Center (BLInC) is committed to providing world-class information, resources, and services to all employees. We aim to provide the right...
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Cambridge, MA