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Librarian

Job Summary

Responsible for helping people find information and access resources, including paper records, books, digital libraries, the Internet, catalogues, and microfilm, in a library. Manages staff, directs programs, and ensures the public has access to information in an organized manner.

Primary responsibilities

  • Help the public access information within a library.
  • Check out books, magazines, eReaders, and other materials for patrons.
  • Search for, acquire, and provide information regarding various inquiries.
  • Help users navigate the Internet, make copies using a copier, and check in books.
  • Acquire, prepare, and classify materials.
  • Write abstracts and summaries.
  • Oversee the management and planning of libraries.
  • Negotiate contracts for services, materials, and equipment.
  • Supervise library employees.
  • Perform public relations and fundraising.
  • Raise awareness about events and lectures at the library.
  • Prepare budgets and direct activities.
  • Read book reviews.
  • Recommend books and novellas to patrons.
  • Select and purchase materials from publishers, wholesalers, and distributors.
  • Enter classification information and descriptions of materials into electronic catalogs.
  • Analyze collections and compile lists of books, periodicals, articles, audiovisual materials, and electronic resources on particular subjects.
  • Collect and organize books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and other materials in a specific field, such as rare books, genealogy, or music.
  • Conduct classes.
  • Write grants to gain funding for research.
  • Maintain computerized databases.
  • Develop and index databases and help train users to develop searching skills.

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