Librarians perform a variety of tasks associated with researching, categorising and managing information, resources and collections in library settings. They may utilise manual and online database systems as well as assist the general public in research strategies and basic information.

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 childrens 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

Skills required

  • Administrative Skills
  • Analytical Abilities
  • Communication Skills
  • Excellent Organisational Skills
  • Research Aptitude

Working conditions

Librarians typically work Mondays to Fridays or on rotating schedules based on library hours of operation. They may have to work occasional weekends when the library is open. Librarians work in library settings with computers and organised shelves of materials. They generally work at desks performing administrative work and perform some physical work by manually restocking and organising books and other resources.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Library and Information Association

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