What Do Librarians Do?
The Basics: Education Requirements
Librarian Job Descriptions
- Database administrator: installs, manages, troubleshoots, and plans upgrades to the systems that organizations use for their day-to-day operations.
- Data analyst: manages and interprets data so they can help organizations make better business decisions.
- Digital asset manager: deals primarily with the preservation and storage of “born-digital” materials and digitized copies of analog materials; sometimes called a digital archivist.
- Information architect: designs, builds, and manages the way information is organized and structured online to help people navigate websites, intranets, and online communities.
- Information broker: connects clients with the information they need, which is often specialized information that basic searches online might not uncover. These expert searchers sometimes have law, science, or other specialized degrees.
Skills Librarians Need
- Thinking analytically and able to develop new or revised systems, procedures, and workflow processes.
- Exercising initiative and independent judgment.
- Preparing comprehensive reports and presenting ideas clearly and concisely in written and verbal form.
- Making administrative decisions, interpreting policies, and supervising staff.
- Working with computers, the internet, and library software.