Librarians
SOC: 25-4021.00

Description:

Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, 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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
143,100 employed

Projected (2024):
145,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Access Services Librarian
  • Acquisitions Librarian
  • Administrative Librarian
  • Adult Reference Librarian
  • Adult Services Librarian
  • Archival Collections Librarian
  • Audio-Visual Librarian
  • Automation Librarian
  • Bibliographer
  • Bookmobile Librarian
  • Branch or Department Chief Librarian
  • Business and Economics Librarian
  • Catalog Librarian
  • Cataloger
  • Catalogue Librarian
  • Cataloguer
  • Chemical Librarian
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian
  • Children's Librarian
  • Circulation Manager
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Librarian
  • Classifier
  • Co-op Librarian
  • Collection Development Librarian
  • Collection Management Librarian
  • College Librarian
  • Coordinator of Learning Resources
  • Coordinator of Library Services
  • County Law Library Coordinator
  • Digital Librarian
  • Director of Visual Education
  • Document Manager
  • Document Services Librarian
  • Electronic Collections Librarian
  • Electronic Resources Librarian
  • Elementary Librarian
  • Elementary Library Media Specialist
  • Extension Services Librian
  • Film Librarian
  • Government Documents Coordinator
  • Government Documents Librarian
  • Head of Acquisitions
  • Head of Circulation
  • Head of Circulation Department
  • Head of Government Information Services
  • Head of Information Services
  • Head of Outreach and Delivery Services
  • Head of Print Serials Section
  • Head of Reference Services
  • High School Librarian
  • High School Library Media Specialist
  • Hospital Librarian
  • Information Scientist
  • Information Services Librarian
  • Institution Librarian
  • Instruction Librarian
  • Interlibrary Loan Librarian
  • Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian
  • International Broadcast Music Librarian
  • Law Librarian
  • Librarian
  • Librarian/Specialist
  • Library Associate
  • Library Circulation Department Chief
  • Library Director
  • Library Manager
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Library Specialist
  • Library Supervisor
  • Library Technical Assistant
  • Library Technician
  • Media Center Specialist
  • Media Librarian
  • Medical Librarian
  • Medical Library Technician
  • Medical Record Librarian
  • Music Librarian
  • News Librarian
  • Outreach Librarian
  • Periodicals Librarian
  • Prison Librarian
  • Public Services Librarian
  • Record Librarian
  • Reference Bibliographer
  • Reference Librarian
  • Research Librarian
  • School Librarian
  • School Library Media Specialist
  • Serials Cataloger Librarian
  • Serials Librarian
  • Special Collections Librarian
  • Special Library Librarian
  • Systems Librarian
  • Technical Services Librarian
  • University Librarian
  • Visual Education Director
  • Young Adult Librarian
  • Youth Services Librarian


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Search standard reference materials, including online sources and the Internet, to answer patrons' reference questions.
  • Analyze patrons' requests to determine needed information and assist in furnishing or locating that information.
  • Check books in and out of the library.
  • Explain use of library facilities, resources, equipment, and services and provide information about library policies.
  • Code, classify, and catalog books, publications, films, audio-visual aids, and other library materials based on subject matter or standard library classification systems.
  • Locate unusual or unique information in response to specific requests.
  • Direct and train library staff in duties, such as receiving, shelving, researching, cataloging, and equipment use.
  • Respond to customer complaints, taking action as necessary.
  • Organize collections of books, publications, documents, audio-visual aids, and other reference materials for convenient access.
  • Develop library policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate materials to determine outdated or unused items to be discarded.
  • Plan and deliver client-centered programs and services, such as special services for corporate clients, storytelling for children, newsletters, or programs for special groups.
  • Compile lists of books, periodicals, articles, and audio-visual materials on particular subjects.
  • Arrange for interlibrary loans of materials not available in a particular library.
  • Assemble and arrange display materials.
  • Compile lists of overdue materials and notify borrowers that their materials are overdue.
  • Design information storage and retrieval systems and develop procedures for collecting, organizing, interpreting, and classifying information.
  • Negotiate contracts for library services, materials, and equipment.
  • Provide input into the architectural planning of library facilities.
  • Collect and organize books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and other materials in specific fields, such as rare books, genealogy, or music.
  • Plan and participate in fundraising drives.
  • Perform public relations work for the library, such as giving televised book reviews and community talks.
  • Write proposals for research or project grants.
  • Teach library patrons basic computer skills, such as searching computerized databases.
  • Plan and teach classes on topics such as information literacy, library instruction, and technology use.
  • Review and evaluate materials, using book reviews, catalogs, faculty recommendations, and current holdings to select and order print, audio-visual, and electronic resources.
  • Confer with colleagues, faculty, and community members and organizations to conduct informational programs, make collection decisions, and determine library services to offer.
  • Develop, maintain, and troubleshoot information access aids, such as databases, annotated bibliographies, web pages, electronic pathfinders, software programs, and online tutorials.
  • Evaluate vendor products and performance, negotiate contracts, and place orders.
  • Engage in professional development activities, such as taking continuing education classes and attending or participating in conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and associations.
  • Represent library or institution on internal and external committees.
  • Develop and maintain databases that provide information for library users.
  • Keep up-to-date records of circulation and materials, maintain inventory, and correct cataloging errors.
  • Supervise daily library operations, budgeting, planning, and personnel activities, such as hiring, training, scheduling, and performance evaluations.
  • Author or publish professional articles, internal documents, and instructional materials.
  • Complete minor repairs and cleaning of library resources, equipment, and facilities, such as dusting and fixing printer paper jams.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Barcode scanners
  • Bookmobiles
  • Cash registers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Film projectors
  • Laptop computers
  • Microfiche readers
  • Microfilm printers
  • Microfilm readers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Public address PA systems
  • Scanners
  • Video cassette recorders VCR
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Apple iMovie
  • askSam Systems SurfSaver
  • Blackboard software
  • Blogging software
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSS
  • CatchTheWeb
  • CATNYP
  • Classification Web
  • Database software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Dynix Digital Library
  • Electronic Online Systems International EOS.Web
  • Email software
  • Ex Libris Group Aleph
  • Ex Libris Group Voyager
  • Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • HTTrack
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Infovision Amlib
  • Inmagic Genie
  • Inmagic TextWorks
  • Innovative Interfaces Millennium
  • JavaScript
  • Kelowna Software L4U
  • LexisNexis software
  • Macropool Web Research
  • MC2 Systems Auto Librarian
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Onfolio
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Library of Medicine DOCLINE
  • National Library of Medicine Medline
  • Online Computer Library Center OCLC
  • Oracle Java
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • PrimaSoft PC Small Library Organizer Pro
  • RCL Software Media Library Manager
  • Really Simple Syndication RSS
  • Saora Keepoint
  • SirsiDynix Symphony
  • Social networking software
  • Springshare LibGuides
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Surpass software
  • Thomson Scientific Dialog
  • Web browser software
  • WebClarity Software BookWhere
  • Westlaw
  • Wiki software
  • WorldCat
  • Yahoo Flickr


  • education training and library


    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000