Librarian – Job Description
Librarians are no longer dusty throwbacks insisting on silence at all times. These days, they’re highly qualified, IT-literate and customer-oriented.
Libraries have changed with the times and much of the job involves maintaining and updating computer records, liaising with the public and ordering and presenting new library stock. Event organisation – such as author visits and readings – is another regular task, as are the old favourites such as chasing up late returns, sorting out fines and, yes, ensuring the library is a quiet, or at least calm, environment.
A love of books, meticulousness and organisational skills are, as ever, standard qualities of a librarian.
Some junior jobs might only require five or more GCSEs, but most wannabe librarians come armed with a relevant degree in librarianship or information science, although computer science and software engineering qualifications can also be just the ticket. And volunteering for some library assistant work experience won’t harm your prospects either.
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Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
A professional society dedicated to supporting and promoting the work of librarians in the UK. They offer continuing professional development (CPD) leading to chartered status as well as news, research and opportunities to get involved.
Association for Information Management (ASLIB)
Helping you to improve your performance and position within the industry, ASLIB’s website provides access to information groups, conferences and events and a number of training opportunities.
Archives and Records Association
A society aimed at representing the interests of librarians and record-keepers through research, training and community action.
The official UK archive housing an array of key documents and resources from throughout history. They also have a section of their website dedicated to Information Management, with details about current standards, policy and legislation and links to training courses.