LIBRARIANS are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the library. They acquire books and other materials and assist people in finding information. They develop and direct information systems, such as CD-ROM, Internet, and virtual libraries. They negotiate contracts for services, materials, and equipment. They oversee employees, perform public relations and fundraising duties, prepare budgets, and direct activities to make sure the library functions properly. They read book reviews and catalogs to keep up with current literature, and select and purchase materials. They conduct classes, publicize services, write grants, and oversee other administrative matters.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $69,500 average per year ($33.50 per hour)
- A medium occupation (148,200 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (0.8% per year)
A master's degree in library science (MLS) is required for LIBRARIANS in most public, academic, special and some school libraries. The federal government requires an MLS. Many employers prefer graduates from schools accredited by the American Library Association. In special libraries, a knowledge of the subject specialization, or a master's, doctoral, or professional degree in the subject is highly desirable. Librarians continue training to keep up with new information systems. Certification requirements differ widely. State library agencies can provide information.