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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Youth Services Librarian
  • Visual Education Director
  • Technical Services Librarian
  • Systems Librarian
  • Special Library Librarian
  • Special Collections Librarian
  • Serials Librarian
  • School Library Media Specialist
  • School Librarian
  • Research Librarian
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What They Do

  • Provide input into the architectural planning of library facilities.
  • Plan and participate in fundraising drives.
  • Design information storage and retrieval systems and develop procedures for collecting, organizing, interpreting, and classifying information.
  • Write proposals for research or project grants.
  • Author or publish professional articles, internal documents, and instructional materials.
  • Collect and organize books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and other materials in specific fields, such as rare books, genealogy, or music.
  • Perform public relations work for the library, such as giving televised book reviews and community talks.
  • Negotiate contracts for library services, materials, and equipment.
  • Compile lists of overdue materials and notify borrowers that their materials are overdue.
  • Develop and maintain databases that provide information for library users.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CSE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Social and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Working Conditions and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Education Required

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).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $57,500 with most people making between $30,800 and $87,540

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,460 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 5,370 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 100 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.



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