Librarians design, develop and manage physical and online collections in order to deliver innovative services to users. Library collections can include books and e-books, magazines, images, music and video, maps, newspapers, computer games and other digital resources.
Duties & Tasks
Librarians may perform the following tasks:
- develop, manage and digitise collections
- undertake strategic management of information and resources
- select, classify and index library and information resources
- assist users to identify or interpret information
- coordinate and conduct training programmes or promotional events to assist and engage library users
- manage and promote library services through websites and social media
- train and supervise other staff
- create and maintain databases
- develop and nurture partnerships, such as with faculty, community organisations, learning providers, authors and publishers
- plan and select library infrastructure.
An information manager is responsible for bridging the gap between sources of information and those who need to access it. Information managers may also become involved in research, technical writing, public relations, desktop publishing, database management and design, and market research.
Librarians are assisted in their work by library technicians and library assistants.
- good organisational skills
- good communication skills
- ability to work with people of all ages from diverse social and cultural backgrounds
- good problem-solving skills
- able to work independently or as part of a team
- strong customer service focus.