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Career Details :: Librarians
Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, schools, colleges and universities, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Organizes collections of books, publications, documents, audiovisual aids, and other reference materials for convenient access.
- Assists patrons in selecting books and informational material and in research problems.
- Reviews and evaluates resource material to select and order books, periodicals, audiovisual aids, and other materials for acquisition.
- Codes, classifies, and catalogs books, publications, films, audiovisual aids, and other library materials.
- Manages library resources stored in files, on film, or in computer databases for research information.
- Explains use of library facilities, resources, equipment, and services and provides information governing library use and policies.
- Assembles and arranges display materials.
- Manages library program for children and other special groups.
- Confers with teachers, parents, and community organizations to develop, plan, and conduct programs in reading, viewing, and communication skills.
- Compiles lists of overdue materials and notifies borrowers.
- Keys information into computer to store or search for selected material or databases.
- Directs and trains library staff in duties, including receiving, shelving, researching, cataloging, and equipment use.
- Reviews, compiles, and publishes listing of library materials, including bibliographies and book reviews, to notify users.
- Researches, retrieves, and disseminates information from books, periodicals, reference materials, or commercial databases in response to requests.
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Counter and Rental Clerks
- Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
- Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
- First-Line Supervisors, Administrative Support
- First-Line Supervisors, Customer Service
- Food Service Managers
- Library Technicians
General Work Activities
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Processing Information
- Communicating With Other Workers
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Provide a Service to Others
- Deal With External Customers
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done