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Librarian Job Overview Employees who work in librarian jobs are responsible for developing, organizing and maintaining ...

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Librarian Job Overview

Employees who work in librarian jobs are responsible for developing, organizing and maintaining library collections. They assist patrons by providing advisory services, assisting in research and aiding the location of specific materials in the library's collection. Often, they will provide reference services and perform administrative duties. Other duties can include developing specialized programs for children, preparing finding aids and reading lists and acquiring new materials for the library.

Librarians frequently conduct information and orientation programs and tours to assist patrons in navigating the library's collection. They may also perform reference searches to procure interlibrary loans and work closely with library assistants and technicians. Typically, librarians work in libraries or in the library department of education institutions, as over 60 percent of all librarians are employed in information or cultural industries. They may also work in other academic forums, such as scientific and technical archives, or in public service administration. The strong research skills necessary to become a librarian also makes potential applicants particular skilled for work in health care and social assistance records.

Librarian Job Education Requirements

A master's degree in library science is typically required. These degrees are usually focused on library science, and classes are chiefly meant to teach the necessary skills to retrieve, store and facilitate the use of information in print, audio-visual and electronic formats. Applicants looking to be hired in librarian jobs should have strong research skills and should have thorough knowledge of local, remote and networked collections. These skills are also useful for archive technicians and museum curators.

Librarian Job Market

In 2012, there were over 14,000 workers employed as librarians. For the period of 2011 to 2020, librarian jobs are expected to see small but stable growth. While new technology limits the required number of employees in this occupation, a high retirement rate will continue to create new job openings. According to key labour market indicators, the labour supply and demand is expected to remain stable among librarian jobs.

Librarian Job Salary Information

The average annual salary of a librarian is over C$53,000. Job location and experience are both factors that affect a librarian's wages. Librarians in Vancouver made an average of 13 percent more than the national average, and, typically, the librarians with the most experience earned the most money, with some librarians reporting salaries as high as C$74,000 annually. Entry-level librarians typically made about 16 percent less than the national average, while experienced librarians made as much as 25 percent more. In 2014, the reported range of salaries for librarians was between C$25,520 and C$71,000.

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