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.

Internship - Public Library

Type: Internship
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ATSU - Liason Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewA.T. Still Memorial Library at A.T. Still University is looking for a collaborative, proactive, enthusiastic and service-oriented candidate to join our team as Liaison Librarian to serve the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), the oldest osteopathic medical program in the...
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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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Instruction and Assessment Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job Description SummaryUnder the general supervision of the Library Director, this tenure track faculty librarian will work in a collaborative environment to actively engage with students and faculty to understand and effectively respond to their information and research needs, working with the...
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Library Media Specialist - WES

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
POSITION: School Library Media SpecialistSCHOOL / DEPT: Woodlawn Elementary SchoolEVALUATOR: Principal / DesigneeSALARY SCHEDULE: CertifiedAPPROVED BY: Boyle County Board of Education DATE: Pending - May 2019ABOUT USKids come first at Boyle County Schools. We're proud to employ a team of...
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Information Services Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Rhodes College is an international, four-year, private, coeducational, residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic...
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Supervisory Librarian (American Law Research)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
DutiesSummaryThe Congressional Research Service (CRS), American Law Division (ALD), seeks a Supervisory Librarian to lead a group of professional librarians who provide legal information research for Members of Congress, congressional committees, and their staff.ResponsibilitiesThe Congressional...
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Associate University Librarian for Research

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job Opening ID: 168679Work Location: Ann Arbor CampusFull Time/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularFLSA Status: ExemptOrganizational Group: Univ LibraryDepartment: Library Deans OfficePosting Begin/End Date: 2/19/2019 - 6/30/2019Salary:Paid Time Off:Career Interest: Libraries &...
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Biomedical Engineering Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job Opening ID: 172903Work Location: Ann Arbor CampusFull Time/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularFLSA Status: ExemptOrganizational Group: Univ LibraryDepartment: Library - Health SciencesPosting Begin/End Date: 5/22/2019 - 7/01/2019Salary:Paid Time Off:Career Interest: Engineering...
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Campus Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewThe Campus Librarian independently manages the daily operations of the campus library including reference, library instruction and circulation. Campus Librarians work closely with faculty and students providing library instruction and support services in a technology focused environment.
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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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Electronic Resources Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
ResponsibilitiesMinnesota State University Moorhead's Livingston Lord Library seeks a service-oriented, collaborative, and flexible Electronic Resources Librarian. We seek someone who will support the library's mission to sustain research, support curricula, teach critical thinking,...
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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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Associate University Librarian for Academic Services

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
This is an exciting time to join the Wesleyan Library. With a new University Librarian as of 2018, strong support from the University, and staff eager for change, the new Associate University Librarian for Academic Services will have opportunities to make a significant impact on the academic life...
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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
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