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Librarians design, develop and manage physical and online collections in order to deliver innovative services to users. Library collections can include books and e-books, magazines, FutureGrowthModerate images, music and video, maps, newspapers, computer games and other digital resources.

Librarians are responsible for collecting, managing and maintaining library materials. In addition to print materials such as books and newspapers, modern libraries also include CDs, videos and DVDs, electronic copies of books and journals, sound recordings and microfilms.


ANZSCO description: Develops, organises and manages library services such as collections of information, recreational resources and reader information services (registration or licensing may be required).

Specialisations: Acquisitions Librarian, Audiovisual Librarian, Bibliographer, Cataloguer, Children's Librarian, Corporate Librarian, Information Manager, Legal Librarian, Multicultural Services Librarian, Parliamentary Librarian, Reference Librarian, Special Librarian, Special Needs Librarian, Teacher-Librarian

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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A librarian needs:

  • good communication skills
  • a high level of general knowledge
  • excellent research skills
  • good computer skills
  • a strong focus on customer service.

Duties and Tasks In the Library

Librarians may perform the following tasks:

  • develop, manage and digitise collections
     
  • undertake strategic management of information and resources
     
  • select, classify and index library and information resources
     
  • assist users to identify or interpret information
     
  • coordinate and conduct training programmes or promotional events to assist and engage library users
     
  • manage and promote library services through websites and social media
     
  • train and supervise other staff
     
  • create and maintain databases
      
  • develop and nurture partnerships, such as with faculty, community organisations, learning providers, authors and publishers
     
  • plan and select library infrastructure.

 

Working conditions

In large libraries, librarians may specialise in areas such as acquisition, research, cataloguing, online services or children's services. They may also work in specialist libraries, including corporate, legal, medical or school libraries, or independently as researchers or knowledge managers. Librarians are assisted in their work by library technicians and library assistants.

Working conditions can vary greatly between libraries, depending on the size, location and type. In Western Australia there are 232 public libraries, in both regional and metropolitan areas, as well as a large number of corporate libraries. Librarians working in larger libraries may specialise in certain areas, such as acquisitions, electronic services or they may have expertise about a particular subject. Librarians in these larger libraries may be required to work evenings and on weekends. Librarians in smaller libraries, where there will be fewer staff, will be responsible for managing many/all aspects of the library's operation.

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Tools and technologies

Nowadays given the use of technology and information being stored in electronic formats librarians must be increasingly proficient with computers. They must also be familiar with specialised databases and catalogues in order to effectively manage and locate records and information both in their own library, and in some cases, at other locations.


Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a librarian, you usually need to study a degree with a major in librarianship and corporate information management. Alternatively, you can undertake a degree in any discipline, followed by a postgraduate qualification in information services or information and library studies.

Did You Know?

An e-reader, also called an e-book reader or e-book device, is a mobile electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital e-books and periodicals.

Any device that can display text on a screen may act as an e-reader, but specialized e-reader devices may optimize portability, readability (especially in sunlight), and battery life for this purpose. A single e-reader is capable of holding the digital equivalent of hundreds of printed texts with no added bulk or measurable mass.

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