Career outlook for librarian
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Run a library so people can take out books, films, music and information quickly and easily. People will use the library for pleasure or to help them learn and expand their knowledge.
You’d help people to find the things they want and answer their enquiries. You’d use your expertise to might suggest things that you think they might enjoy or which will be useful for their studies.
Libraries hold and lend out all sorts of materials, old and new, including:
- Books and ebooks
- Magazines and newspapers
- DVDs and CDs
You could work in a public library or a library in organisations like universities, colleges and schools and some larger companies. It would be useful to have good general knowledge or, if you work in specialist library, an understanding of a particular field.
- Use IT systems to classify the materials in the library catalogue and index
- Organise materials so they are easy for people to find
- Explain to people how to use the library
- Use databases and the internet to help people with information enquiries
- Issue items for people to borrow
- Keep up to date with new publications and choose new stock
- Organise services for specific users, for example in a public library you could organise events or services for pre-school groups, housebound people and ethnic minority groups
- Set up activities such as reading groups
- Do displays, talks and events to promote the library and its resources
If you work in a school, college or university you might also teach research skills to students.
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