What does a Librarian do?

A librarian is the first point of contact for visitors visiting the library. They maintain the inventory of the library and conduct periodic audits of the information on file. Librarians teach visitors how to use the electronic database and its functions while implementing new programs to attract visitors of different demographics, such as socials and author signings. Librarians may work in a public library or in a public, private academic setting.

Most librarians hold a Master's of Library Science degree and must have 5+ years' experience working in a public library. A clean background and ability to pass a drug screening is needed. Generally, successful librarians are detail-oriented with strong customer service and communications skills.

  • Check books and other materials in and out of the library
  • Read stories to groups of children
  • Support visitors with finding reference materials and leisure reading materials when requested
  • Direct visitors on how to use electronic databases and their functions
  • Teach a variety of skills to students, including research skills through varying databases
  • Respond to information requests that are in person, over the phone or via email
  • Manage patrons' access to all online resources
  • Ensure a quiet environment
  • 5+ years' experience working in a public or private library
  • Proficient experience working with electronic databases of library materials
  • Clean background and ability to pass a drug screening
  • Knowledge of library trends and issues
  • Working knowledge of general library practices, acquisitions, and supervision of library staff
  • Superior attention to detail and strong customer service and communications skills
  • Proficiency in working effectively independently
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and ability to be flexible, creative and innovative when teaching students and creating new programs

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
26%
2 - 4
48%
5 - 7
13%
8+
13%

Common Skill Sets

Evaluating
Conducting
Excellent Communication
Filing
Electronic Resources
MLIS
Taxonomy
Database

Librarian Seniority Levels

L2
Librarian
$56,767/yr
L4
Library Assistant
19% made the transition
Office Manager
23% made the transition
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Librarian Salaries

Average Base Pay

$56,767 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$38K
Median: $57K
$84K
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