Librarian | Selby College
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Librarians run public and private libraries, managing access to books, multi-media resources and computers.

Potential salary

£18,500 to £42,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

36 to 38 a week

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • administration skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • managing staff, budgets and statistical returns
  • using IT systems to catalogue, classify and index stock
  • dealing with counter, phone and email enquiries
  • organising IT access and solving user problems
  • keeping up to date with new publications and selecting stock
  • making sure staff follow Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Copyright laws
  • promoting library services through displays, talks and community events like reading clubs
  • attending meetings and conferences

You could work at a library, at a school, at a college or at a university.

You could move into a senior job as a manager. Another option is to take responsibility for a specialist service or collection.

If you hold a senior position in your organisation, you could apply for professional registration of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

You can find out more about becoming a librarian from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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