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Librarians and Media Collections Specialists

Administer and maintain libraries or collections of information, for public or private access through reference or borrowing. Work in a variety of settings, such as educational institutions, museums, and corporations, and with various types of informational materials, such as books, periodicals, recordings, films, and databases. Tasks may include acquiring, cataloging, and circulating library materials, and user services such as locating and organizing information, providing instruction on how to access information, and setting up and operating a library's media equipment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Check books in and out of the library.
    • Teach library patrons basic computer skills, such as searching computerized databases.
    • Review and evaluate materials, using book reviews, catalogs, faculty recommendations, and current holdings to select and order print, audio-visual, and electronic resources.
    • Keep up-to-date records of circulation and materials, maintain inventory, and correct cataloging errors.
    • Search standard reference materials, including online sources and the Internet, to answer patrons' reference questions.
    • Analyze patrons' requests to determine needed information and assist in furnishing or locating that information.
    • Supervise daily library operations, budgeting, planning, and personnel activities, such as hiring, training, scheduling, and performance evaluations.
    • Plan and teach classes on topics such as information literacy, library instruction, and technology use.
    • Confer with colleagues, faculty, and community members and organizations to conduct informational programs, make collection decisions, and determine library services to offer.
    • Code, classify, and catalog books, publications, films, audio-visual aids, and other library materials based on subject matter or standard library classification systems.
    • Respond to customer complaints, taking action as necessary.
    • Plan and deliver client-centered programs and services, such as special services for corporate clients, storytelling for children, newsletters, or programs for special groups.
    • Explain use of library facilities, resources, equipment, and services and provide information about library policies.
    • Troubleshoot problems with audio-visual equipment.
    • Locate unusual or unique information in response to specific requests.
    • Develop library policies and procedures.
    • Evaluate materials to determine outdated or unused items to be discarded.
    • Direct and train library staff in duties, such as receiving, shelving, researching, cataloging, and equipment use.
    • Develop, maintain, and troubleshoot information access aids, such as databases, annotated bibliographies, web pages, electronic pathfinders, software programs, and online tutorials.
    • Engage in professional development activities, such as taking continuing education classes and attending or participating in conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and associations.
    • Evaluate vendor products and performance, negotiate contracts, and place orders.
    • Compile lists of books, periodicals, articles, and audio-visual materials on particular subjects.
    • Confer with teachers to select course materials and to determine which training aids are best suited to particular grade levels.
    • Maintain inventory of audio-visual equipment.
    • Arrange for interlibrary loans of materials not available in a particular library.
    • Represent library or institution on internal and external committees.
    • Set up, adjust, and operate audio-visual equipment, such as cameras, film and slide projectors, and recording equipment, for meetings, events, classes, seminars, and video conferences.
    • Assemble and arrange display materials.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    N/A
    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 50550/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.3/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Persistence
    • Attention to Detail

    Tools

    • Public address systems
    • Overhead projectors
    • Microfiche or microfilm viewers
    • Film projectors
    • Cassette players or recorders

    Technology

    • Web platform development software
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Library software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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