While entering your school or college library, did you ever thought of academic librarian as a career and what are the key tasks of a the librarian in your school. For your curious mind today, I am going to cover academic librarian as a career and the key skills required to become a librarian.
A librarian is responsible for meeting the needs of the user by acquiring, organizing, managing and distributing library resources in coordination with academic divisions, local clubs and head of the individual departments. Typically as a librarian you will be employed by universities, academic departments, research institutes, public libraries, higher colleges, public and private schools, professional societies, professional bodies and specialist department in large organizations or government bodies.
As a librarian your main responsibilities are:
- Selecting, developing, catalouging and classifying library resources
- Helping learners with their queries on books and journals
- Managing the user database and registering and updating the learner resources
- Working along with academic staff, external organizations and suppliers in procuring library resources
- Participating in the purchasing of library resources in coordination with finance team by inviting proposals or tenders
- Managing the monthly, quarterly and yearly budgets and resources of the library.
- Assisting user with their requirements on periodical journals and books
- Managing and maintaining the MIS
- Clearing old stock of books/materials through donation or sending back to the publishers
As a librarian, sometimes you will be working with sector specific libraries while you may also encounter situations where you will be require to work with large amount of subject areas. Librarian as a career has huge demand in academia and as well as industry. To become a librarian you should hold a relevant degree in library sciences besides excellent capabilites on Management Information Systems or MS Excel. You should be customer oriented and should hold basic knowledge on specific sector like engineering, business or health sciences.
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