Head Librarian Salary
Job Description for Head Librarian
Head librarians can work for public libraries, university libraries, the Library of Congress, or school libraries. Head librarians are responsible for the daily operation of their library. They manage a collection of books and other media. They supervise library staff, library assistants, and library volunteers. They are also responsible for various administrative tasks. They are usually involved in establishing their library’s budget and employee’s salaries and benefits. However, large libraries may have their own human resources, which handle employee hiring, employees’ salaries and benefits, and other personnel-related matters.Read More...
Some employers require that head librarians have a master's degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library program that have a concentration in specific programs, such as archival studies or library management. Some employers may consider candidates with a bachelor’s degree in library science, as long as they have significant experience as librarians. Depending on the type or size of the institution, they may be required to possess relevant certification. They must have excellent computer skills and are able to operate relevant computer programs.
They must conduct performance evaluations in a timely manner. They must be comfortable dealing with the public. They must have leadership and interpersonal skills. They must be able to build strong teamwork. They may have to attend workshops or conferences relevant to their job.
Head Librarian Tasks
- Manage library staff, budget, and policies, including goals for services and systems.
- Develop and guide instructional offerings for online and in-person services.
- Partner with internal and external groups to meet needs, build partnerships, and provide services.
- Oversee metadata and cataloguing to increase resource discovery and use.
- Manage and grow online and physical assets for lending, increasing accessibility and meeting demand.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Head Librarians. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $48K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $50K. For Head Librarians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $73K on average.
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