Librarians and Media Collections Specialists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.8% (as fast as the average)


What Librarians and Media Collections Specialists Do

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.

Other Job Titles Librarians and Media Collections Specialists May Have

Librarian, Library Media Specialist, Media Specialist, Reference Librarian

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Librarian I ,

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Typically I work the reference desk, circulation desk, and supervise staff simultaneously. I will help patrons with research, give hands-on technology training, and of course, the standard printed sources. Libraries are becoming increasingly digital so I spend a lot of time tutoring patrons on their iPads, tablets, and other devices. Most libraries offer free e-books, so ask your friendly neighborhood librarian about that! The city branch libraries really offer more than I can explain here!

Outreach services ,

Robert E. Kennedy Library, Cal Poly SLO

I don't really have a typical work day, because every day is slightly different. The only constant is emails. Today I am working on a blog post about our new Open Education collection, copy editing the website, working on a research paper, gathering materials for an open-house event this weekend, promoting Banned Books Week and ordering some new books. Tomorrow is unknown.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Search standard reference materials, including online sources and the Internet, to answer patrons' reference questions.
  • Keep up-to-date records of circulation and materials, maintain inventory, and correct cataloging errors.

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