Librarians plan, organise and manage library resources and services. They can work in school or college libraries, public or academic libraries, or learning resource centres. Librarians working in a commercial setting are often called information managers.
Librarians are responsible for the day-to-day running of library services and the role depends on the size and function of the library. Their duties include:
A librarian's working day is likely to reflect the opening hours of the library in which they work. School librarians would work typical school hours 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Public libraries may open until 9pm some or all evenings, and Saturdays.
Librarians are usually located at a single library but some may work in the community in mobile libraries or on cross-site projects where driving would be essential.
To work as a librarian you should:
There are opportunities for librarians throughout the country in all sectors. Although the majority work in public library services but opportunities in the private sector are increasing. Positions are available in further and higher education, government, industry and commerce. CILIP publishes vacancy information for members, graduates and final year undergraduates.
Some graduate librarians may take a job as a library assistant as their first rung on their career ladder. National or local public libraries have a formal promotion structure. In larger libraries, you can be promoted to senior posts with management responsibilities, or be given responsibility for a specialist service or collection. In smaller libraries you may need to be prepared to move for promotion.
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