Administration & Office Support

Librarian

Librarians assist library patrons to research and gather information for personal and professional use.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

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What does a Librarian do?

Librarians assist library patrons to research and gather information for personal and professional use.

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Work activities

As a librarian, you would:

  • select, process and catalogue new materials for inclusion in the library collection
  • deal with enquiries and information requests
  • help library users to find relevant materials
  • organise library services or activities for community groups, such as story time for children, mobile library services for housebound people and English language materials for migrants
  • manage library budgets
  • recruit, train and manage library assistants, technicians and volunteers
  • promote library services through a website, displays or in newsletters.
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Key skills and interests

To become a librarian, you would need:

  • an interest in books and information
  • good research skills
  • good interpersonal skills
  • a well-organised approach to your work
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • strong applied computer skills
  • a keen eye for detail.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work a standard number of hours per week. In a public or academic library, this would likely include shifts on weekends or evenings. Part-time or flexible work should be readily available.

Conditions

Generally you would be based at one library, but may work as part of a group of libraries and so have to travel between them. You may have to be on your feet for a good part of your working day.

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How to become an Librarian?

Entry Level Education

To become a librarian you would complete a degree in information and media, information services or information studies. Or you could complete any bachelor's degree, and then complete a postgraduate qualification in information studies or information management.

To be a librarian you need a degree recognised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). If you have completed a course in library and information studies which is not accredited by the ALIA, you can be assessed for membership through the Association's widened eligibility process. Assessment is on an individual basis, and considers your qualifications, knowledge of library and information services, relevant employment and continuing education.

www.alia.org.au

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Job outlook

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Employment of librarians is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

Because of changes to technology and budget constraints, more libraries might hire technicians and assistants to provide library services instead of traditional librarians. Therefore, demand for librarians may decrease.

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