A reference librarian generally works in libraries at educational and other institutions. They help library visitors find the reference information they need, usually both in person and virtually. The reference librarian might also be tasked with creating bibliographies and guides on certain topics, so that these references can be easily found when sought by patrons. They may also look for new reference items to be purchased by the library. When working in a university, they might have to work with various university departments to gain an understanding of the type of resources they need.
Reference Librarian Tasks
Perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information.
Search standard reference materials, including on-line sources and the Internet, in order to answer patrons' reference questions.
Select, acquire, catalogue, classify, circulate, and maintain library materials; and furnish reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services.
Set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.