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5111 Librarians

Librarians select, develop, organize and maintain library collections and provide advisory services for users. They are employed in libraries or in a department within a library.

Example Titles

cataloguer – library
liaison librarian
library consultant
library supervisor

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Main duties

Librarians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Recommend acquisition of books, periodicals and audio-visual, interactive media and other materials for inclusion in library collection
  • Provide reference services
  • Select, classify, catalogue and weed library materials
  • Prepare bibliographies, indexes, reading lists, guides and other finding aids
  • Develop systems to access library collections
  • Perform manual, on-line and interactive media reference searches to assist users in accessing library materials and arrange for interlibrary loans
  • Develop taxonomies using various information and data sources
  • Provide specialized programs for children, seniors and other groups
  • Conduct library information and orientation training programs and tours
  • Perform related administrative duties and supervise library technicians, assistants and clerks.

Employment requirements

  • A master's degree in library science is required.

Additional information

  • Progression to library management positions is possible with experience.

Classified elsewhere

  • Library and public archive technicians (5211)
  • Library curators (in 5112 Conservators and curators )
  • Library directors and managers (in 0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers )
  • School librarians (in 5211 Library and public archive technicians )
  • Teacher-librarian, elementary school (in 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers )
  • Teacher-librarian, high school (in 4031 Secondary school teachers )

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