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Offbeat Career as a Librarian : Job Opportunities & Profile of Librarians

You are bound to have come across librarians during your school and college days. Librarians refer to those trained library workers who take on the task of organising library material and making it easily accessible to those who need it. Though an offbeat and uncommon career choice, trained Librarians can find employment with elementary & senior level Schools, Government & Private Colleges, Universities as well as public libraries in different localities.

Over the years, the work of a librarian has become more technology-based and less paper-dependent. From maintaining records and stock of books to locating them when required, librarians are making use of the latest technology in all their every day tasks. Though the scope of work may vary depending on how large the library is, here are some of the main duties of a Librarian -

 Librarian Job : Profile & Role  
 

 

  • Depending on the age group of readers the library caters to, the librarian must order and maintain the stock of books which are required by the readers from time to time.
  • Guide the library members so that they can make the best possible use of the library and the resources it offers (books, magazines, publications, periodicals, dvd's etc).
  • Regularly update and maintain databases of library resources.
  • Train other members of the Library staff.
  • Educate students and library users about the rules and regulations to be followed as well as how to find books of their choice both manually as well as by using the computer catalogs.
  • Maintain order and silence in the library.
  • Make sure that all the books are kept back in their proper place on shelves.
  • Keep a track of all the magazines, books and other resources in the library.
 Qualities & Skills that come in handy for Librarians  
 
  • Good communication skills & an interest in guiding people.
  • Strong working knowledge of computers.
  • Ability to pick up and learn new technology quickly.
  • A passion for organising and finding information as well as maintaining resources.
  • Love for books.
  • Skills in multi-tasking.
  • Ability to work efficiently in stressful situations.
  • Strong leadership qualities and the ability to work well in a team.
  • Create excitement and interest in readers and library users to explore the world of books.
 Career Opportunities : Training to be a Librarian  
  • In order to become a professional librarian, you must gain the right training. This includes getting a degree in Library Sciences - graduate, masters degree.
  • Employment as a Librarian can be found with public libraries, corporate libraries, academic libraries - University libraries, College and School libraries.

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