How to become a librarian
What does a librarian do?As information management professionals, librarians are responsible for researching, categorising, and managing information, resources and collections in library settings. They create and use databases to store information resources, as well as customer requests and activities.
Duties and tasks
- Assist library members to access books and other online resources and navigate library classification systems.
- Generate library services and policies and implement them in the library.
- Implement community activities at the library including children's story times, hosting external entertainers, reading clubs, etc.
- Maintain library database systems, cataloguing resources, checking out and filing book loans and preparing requested items or holds and transfers.
- Provide research information for library members or patrons.
- Select a variety of library resources to cater to various client interests and popular materials, meeting with publisher representatives to gain information on new works and publications.
- Train and supervise library assistants and maintain overall operations of library.
- Audiovisual Librarian
- Childrens Librarian
- Corporate Librarian
- Information Manager
- Legal Librarian
- Parliamentary Librarian
- Reference Librarian
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