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If you are the type of person who loves literature and can get lost in a book, becoming a librarian could be the perfect job. Working in a library not only provides you with an opportunity to be surrounded by books but it also gives you a chance to help others develop their own love of reading.

Substitute Library Staff


Posted April 24, 2017, Covington, OH
Substitute Library Staff The JR Clarke Public Library is currently taking applications for the position... of SubstituteLibrary Staff. One (1) year of library experience preferred, but will train the right person. Visit the JR Clarke Public...

Library Services Aide/Shelver - PT 20/24 Hrs. - New Albany Branch


Posted April 23, 2017, New Albany, OH
PURPOSE OF JOB: Promptly and accurately organizes and shelves Library materials and provides basic customer... assistance. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Sorts and shelves Library materials and maintains shelves throughout...

Library Associate


Posted April 23, 2017, Colorado
Role: Answers patron requests for information and assistance, assists patrons with self-check and library technology..., and assists with programs. Major Duties and Responsibilities: 35% - PATRON ASSISTANCE – Assists patrons in the use of library...

Library Associate, Mobile Services


Posted April 23, 2017, Greeley, CO
: 25% - PATRON ASSISTANCE – Assists patrons in the use of library materials and technology by guiding them in searching the... patron requests for library materials and information. E 15% - PROGRAMMING & OUTREACH – Plans informative and entertaining...

Children's Librarian- Pelham Bay Library


Posted April 23, 2017, The Bronx, NY
The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education... Pelham Bay Library is seeking a Children’s Librarian to empower children from infant through pre-teen to become creative...

Library Program Associate - 30 hours per week


Posted April 23, 2017, Colorado
What you'd do: Work at the Green Valley Ranch Branch Library to create positive experiences for library customers... by providing programming and outreach, designed to educate and promote library usage, to a wide variety of audiences. Provide early...

Library Technology Support Specialist


Posted April 23, 2017, Boulder, CO
tasks, including analyzing, constructing, documenting, testing, maintaining, troubleshooting and supporting library specific... software applications, hardware, peripherals and communication devices for the Library and Arts department. Serves as liaison...

Library Services Aide/Shelver - PT 20/24 Hrs. - Hilliard Branch


Posted April 22, 2017, Hilliard, OH
PURPOSE OF JOB: Promptly and accurately organizes and shelves Library materials and provides basic customer... assistance. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Sorts and shelves Library materials and maintains shelves throughout...

Adjunct Instructor, Library Media


Posted April 22, 2017, Southern Utah, UT
The Sherratt Library is seeking qualified individuals to teach sections of their LM 1010 Information Literacy course...-accredited library school or foreign equivalent, or demonstrably successful experience with information literacy-related...

Librarian I (Plaquemine Branch), Iberville Parish Library (4-17)


Posted April 22, 2017, Plaquemine, LA - Iberville Parish, LA
The position of Librarian I reports to the Library Director. This is a 37.5 hour per week position and will include... the management of all branch departments consistent with the library's mission of public service. Develops & maintains...

Library Page- Mariner's Harbor Library


Posted April 22, 2017, Staten Island, NY
The Mariner's Harbor Library is the newest addition to the New York Public Library community branch system. The... library situated on a 16,000-square foot plot, Mariner's Harbor is the thirteenth branch of the New York Public Library...

Oskaloosa, IA Library Assistant


Posted April 22, 2017, Oskaloosa, IA
LIBRARY ASSISTANT The City of Oskaloosa is seeking a Library Assistant at the Oskaloosa Public Library. This position... will serve library patrons at the Circulation and Reference desk as well as other roles assigned by the Library Director...

Toledo, IA Library Assistant (Part-time)


Posted April 22, 2017, Toledo, IA
Job Opening Library Assistant Position 23 hours per week $ 9.00 per hour Qualifications -High school.... Pick up an application at the library or find one on our website E-mail, send or deliver your one-page resume...

Library Director


Posted April 22, 2017, Lamar, CO
activities of the City’s library system. Work varies, requiring interpretive judgment in variation from established procedures...: MAJOR AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE: Plans, organizes, performs, and manages the services of a municipal library...

Library Associate -Childrens


Posted April 22, 2017, Englewood, CO
Join the Englewood Public Library’s team of curious, tech-savvy and friendly service associates. You will primarily... focus on helping children and families engage with their library, help plan and deliver engaging programs and storytimes...

Outreach & Services Specialist (LTIII) - Business Library


Posted April 22, 2017, Boulder, CO
In this role, you will promote the Business Library’s collections and services and provide outreach services to the... along with evaluation methodology to measure its effectiveness to inform continuous improvement and increased awareness and use of library...

Branch Manager - North Branch Library


Posted April 22, 2017, USA
The Summit County Library Department is seeking a well qualified Library Branch Manager to perform a variety of complex... analytical, professional, technical and administrative duties related to the management of the County’s North Branch Library...

Patron Services Associate - Temporary - Children's Library


Posted April 22, 2017, Broomfield, CO
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield is a Family Place Library. We are expanding our programming... enjoys working with children and young families and doesn't mind noise and clean up in our busy library. Must have a basic...

Library Associate, Children's Services


Posted April 21, 2017, Erie, CO
Role: Answers patron requests for information and assistance, assists patrons with self-check and library technology..., and assists with programs. Major Duties and Responsibilities: 35% - PATRON ASSISTANCE – Assists patrons in the use of library...


Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of a Librarian

In the workplace, librarians have a number of different roles and responsibilities. Before you choose this career path, it is important to understand what type of work the job entails. That way, you can make sure that it is a good fit for your skills and personality.

Modern-day libraries have a variety of materials available ranging from books to DVDs. Librarians are responsible for selecting and cataloging all of these materials. This can be a big job – especially in larger libraries.

All of the materials of the library also need to be organized and maintained. Books that have been checked out and returned need to be put back on the shelves. Additionally, throughout the day, people who come into the library may leave books laying around on the tables. The librarian needs to pick these books up and put them back where they belong so that other visitors can find them.

The books themselves also need to be carefully inspected for damage after they are returned. If a book has been damaged or if its condition has deteriorated, it may need to be repaired or replaced. It is the librarian’s responsibility to make sure that all of the materials that the library has on hand are in good shape.

adding books to the shelf

The work of the librarian is not just limited to dealing with books. They also have to deal with the public. One of their primary duties is to help library visitors find the information that they are looking for. This can involve everything from helping visitors locate books to showing them how to use the library’s computer system to look up information. Every day, new challenges may present themselves. A good librarian is committed to helping the people who visit the library find exactly what they are looking for. In some cases, this may require a bit of creativity.

For instance, books are sometimes loaned between libraries. This can be a good option if someone is looking for a particular book that the library doesn’t have. The librarian may be able to reach out to another library in the area to find it.

In some cases, librarians also run special programs for children. For example, some libraries have a weekly book reading scheduled for young children. The librarian may have to read a book aloud to children in an effort to get them interested in reading.

Librarians have many different roles and responsibilities. A day on the job typically involves a number of different challenges. Not only do they have to deal with cataloging and maintaining library materials but they also have to serve the public, helping them find whatever information they need.