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.

Archivist Intern

Type: Internship
Start Date: June 2019End Date: May 2020/flexibleBasic 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...
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SUPERVISORY LIBRARIAN

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
DutiesSummaryYou will serve as a Supervisory Librarian in the Reference and Readers' Service Section of the Navy Department Library, a branch of the NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND (NHHC).ResponsibilitiesYou will provide supervision, guidance, and direction to reference librarians and...
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Washington Navy Yard, DC

Knowledge Commons Desk Staff

Type: Part Time
Serve students, staff, and faculty in the Knowledge Commons, the Marriott Library's central service point for technology and reference assistance, as well as in the Union and Benchmark computer labs. Work with a team of students and library staff to answer questions in a variety of areas...
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Salt Lake City, UT

Librarian (Electronic Resources Coordinator)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
DutiesSummaryThis position is located in Collection Development Office of Library Services, and reports to the Collection Development Officer. The incumbent of this position serves as Electronic Resources Coordinator and assumes both a leadership and liaison role in working with staff from all...
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Electronic Services Resident Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
AboutBates is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Founded by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has been coeducational and has welcomed students regardless of race and ethnicity since its founding. The...
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Librarian (Law)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
DutiesSummaryThis position is located in the Public Services Division, Directorate of Law Library Services, Law Library.The position description number for this position is 11004.This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s)...
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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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Archives & Museum Intern

Type: Internship
You have a life. We like that about you.At OCLC, we believe you'll do the best work of your life when you're living the best life possible.We work hard to build the technology that connects thousands of today's libraries. But we also work hard to make a job at OCLC a meaningful part...
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Dublin, OH

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The University of California, Irvine Libraries has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and collaborative professional to serve as the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Librarian (IEL). Nestled in the heart of Orange County, an ethnically diverse community which is one of the most vibrant hubs of...
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Librarian (Research & Instruction) (One or More)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The successful candidate must meet one of the following criteria:1. Master's degree in library science, library and information science OR the equivalent from an accredited college or university; OR2. Valid California Community College instructor credential appropriate to the subject per...
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Associate College Librarian for Research Services

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
AboutBates is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Founded by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has been coeducational and has welcomed students regardless of race and ethnicity since its founding. The...
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Web Content Specialist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewAs a member of the Enterprise and User Services Team, this position is a key part of the group that manages the content that makes up the Library's web presence, and ensures that it is accessible to all of our users.ResponsibilitiesUsing the Library's Drupal CMS, works with...
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Librarian (Posting)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Northwestern University LibrariesLibrarian Faculty PositionPosition: Business and Entrepreneurship LibrarianWork Group: Instruction and Curriculum SupportArea: Research and EngagementReports to: Head, Instruction and Curriculum SupportSummaryNorthwestern University Libraries seek an enthusiastic,...
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Digital Scholarship Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job Description:The Digital Scholarship Librarian provides leadership in the development, implementation, promotion, and assessment of digital scholarly initiatives. Participates in the Library Partnership program. Participates in the Library's instruction program. Provides reference service....
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Dean of the Library

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), a technological research university that is part of the University of Missouri System, seeks a collaborative, innovative, and experienced leader for the position of Dean of the Library. As the chief academic and administrative...
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Librarian Faculty

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
TALLAHASSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGELIBRARIAN FACULTY2019-20 FACULTY POSITIONTallahassee Community College announces an opening for the following continuing contract Librarian position for 2019-2020. Tallahassee Community College is a dynamic and growing comprehensive community college located in...
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Outreach & Instruction Librarian - California Institute of Integral Studies

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Location: San Francisco, CA Category: Staff Positions Posted On: Mon Nov 5 2018 Job Description:POSITION SUMMARYAbout the CIIS Library: The Laurance S. Rockefeller Library holds over 208,000 books (including more than 181,000 e-books). The CIIS Library subscribes to over 14,500 online and print...
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Online Learning Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The University of Houston seeks a creative, learner-focused Online Learning Librarian to join the Instruction Team within the Liaison Services Department. The instruction team's approach to teaching is rooted in learner-centered pedagogy and critical inquiry, with the intent of cultivating...
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Instructional Technology Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The MSU Library seeks a student-focused and creative individual to fill the position of Instructional Technology Librarian. This position will support teaching and learning in areas focused on instructional technology and pedagogy, classroom technologies, and online and other digital learning...
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Research Librarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The position of Research Librarian provides essential support to teaching and learning activities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Libraries. The Research Librarian conducts instruction, one-on-one and small-group consultations and workshops, and develops relevant online materials. The...
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