Librarians assist people in finding information from different sources. Books, periodicals, websites and catalogs are some of the media that librarians work with. Librarians also stay current with book and publishing correspondence. This makes them a go-to resource for people who need information about a specific subject.
Librarians can work for schools, government agencies and private companies. Their job responsibilities sometimes depend on who their employer is. For example, a librarian working for a private law firm will have different job duties than a librarian working in a middle school. However, the basic job responsibilities of finding, sorting and storing various types of information usually remain the same.
A librarian who works for a public library will often plan reading activities and be involved in book clubs and special events. Librarians help keep the library catalog updated and may plan a calendar of events that will then be distributed to library patrons. They sometimes run book clubs that meet in the library or recommend reading material based on provided information. Librarians also perform clerical tasks such as checking books in and out and maintaining the computer database.
Most librarians have advanced degrees in library science. They sometimes have business or management training, as well. Many librarians supervise assistants, clerks and volunteers. They often continue their education after graduation by taking special courses that outline new technology.
Librarians usually work full-time. When they work in the public sector, their hours can sometimes be affected by budgets and funding. Librarians usually work indoors in clean, well-lit environments. They can sometimes work in the evenings or on weekends, depending on what type of employer they work for.
- Check books in and out of the library.
- Select, acquire, catalogue, classify, circulate and maintain library materials.
- Assist patrons with finding resources and locating books.