Profession librarian

Librarians collect, select, develop, organise and maintain library collections and other information repositories, organise and control other library services and provide information for users.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Social
  • Realistic / Conventional

Related professions library

  • Archivist
  • Documentalist
  • Library clerk
  • Library manager
  • Library technician


  • Information governance compliance

    The policies regarding processes and procedures for use of information, the balance between information availability and information security and IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) and personal data protection.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Collection management

    The process of resource evaluation, selection and life-cycle planning to create and promote a coherent collection in line with the developing needs of the users or customers. Understanding legal deposit for long-term access to publications.


  • Classify library materials

    Classify, code and catalogue books, publications, audio-visual documents and other library materials based on subject matter or library classification standards.

  • Develop solutions to information issues

    Analyse information needs and challenges to develop effective technological solutions.

  • Provide library information

    Explain the use of library services, resources and equipment; provide information about library customs.

  • Assess informational needs

    Communicate with clients or users in order to identify which information they require and the methods with which they can access it.

  • Conduct scholarly research

    Plan scholarly research by formulating the research question and conducting empirical or literature research in order to investigate the truth of the research question.

  • Evaluate information services using metrics

    Use bibliometrics, webometrics and web metrics to evaluate information services.

  • Manage digital libraries

    Collect, manage and preserve for permanent access digital content and offer to targeted user communities specialised search and retrieval functionality.

  • Buy new library items

    Evaluate new library products and services, negotiate contracts, and place orders.

  • Carry out internet research

    Execute efficient search on the internet in order to gather relevant information and share it with others.

  • Negotiate library contracts

    Negotiate contracts for library services, materials, maintenance and equipment.

  • Analyse library users' queries

    Analyse library users' requests to determine extra information; assist in furnishing and locating that information.

  • Perform customer management

    Identify and understand the customer's needs. Communicate and engage with stakeholders in designing, promoting and evaluating services.

Optional knowledge and skills

draw up professional texts kindergarten school procedures create semantic trees secondary school procedures assist in the organisation of school events manage human resources assist students with library operations oversee extra-curricular activities post-secondary school procedures apply social media marketing coordinate educational programmes hire new personnel musical genres supervise daily library operations primary school procedures assist in library facility planning manage digital archives music and video industry apply change management copyright legislation compile library lists perform playground surveillance digitise documents organise information escort students on a field trip manage fundraising activities develop classification systems confer with library colleagues guarantee students' safety use software for data preservation maintain library equipment develop library educational programs apply for library funding literature types of literature genres

Common job titles

  • Library associate iv - cso
  • Materials librarian, store development & design - seattle, wa
  • Librarian
  • Pharmacy clinical operations librarian (business project sr analyst)
  • Checkout associate, full-time
  • Librarian, online
  • Librarian i or ii (4-positions)
  • Youth services librarian/lap3
  • Librarian - reference services
  • Professional librarian - reference librarian