What does a librarian do?
Librarians help facilitate the search for literature and information by maintaining systematised libraries, organised by the Dewey Decimal System of classification in most Australian collections. They guide library patrons to informational resources, assisting with research and access. Some of the daily duties a librarian may perform are: cataloguing books, providing training and education to staff, students and members of the public, assisting library goers in accessing information, developing online and in house databases and curating digital resources to help library users.
- Digitising information
- Creating systems to improve resource access
- Communicate with library users in a friendly and informative manner
- Extend assistance to users who need guidance
- Systematically putting books away
What skills do I need to be a librarian?
Librarians require superb organisational skills coupled with a friendly and informative demeanour. Librarians are responsible for making libraries welcoming, structured and accessible environments for study and leisure. This requires a keen attention to detail and an ability to organise resources logically. Librarians are also required to liaise with students, staff and members of the public alike – extending friendly assistance and helping to meet an individual’s personal needs.
- • Organisational skills
- Ability to multitask
- Logical and rational thinking
- Excellent literacy skills
- Enjoys providing assistance
With the right experience and qualifications, librarians can branch out into a number of related professions and industries and elect to further specialise their career path. You can choose a specialisation based on your personal interests and ideal career path.
Study pathways for librarians
Knowing what your specialisation is will help determine what qualifications you need and which study options are the most beneficial for you.
Choose a course that builds your understanding of information services
Work towards your career with focused library services study options
Learn classification standards and resource cataloguing skills
On completion of your degree you can apply for membership with the Australian Library and Information Association. In order to work in schools, you will need to undertake further study.
Getting a job after graduation
Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your library and information services career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.
Job Prospects and Salaries
There is forecasted to be a moderate level of growth in employment opportunities over the next five years.