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Librarians and Media Collections Specialists - 25-4022.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Catalog Librarian
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Librarian
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Media Specialist
  • Media Technician
  • Multimedia Services Coordinator
  • Reference and Instruction Librarian
  • Reference Librarian
  • Technical Services Librarian

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Analyze patrons' requests to determine needed information and assist in furnishing or locating that information.
  • Arrange for interlibrary loans of materials not available in a particular library.
  • Assemble and arrange display materials.
  • Check books in and out of the library.
  • Code, classify, and catalog books, publications, films, audio-visual aids, and other library materials, based on subject matter or standard library classification systems.
  • Compile lists of books, periodicals, articles, and audio-visual materials on particular subjects.
  • Confer with colleagues, faculty, and community members and organizations to conduct informational programs, make collection decisions, and determine library services to offer.
  • Confer with teachers to select course materials and to determine which training aids are best suited to particular grade levels.
  • Develop library policies and procedures.
  • Develop, maintain, and troubleshoot information access aids, such as databases, annotated bibliographies, Web pages, electronic pathfinders, software programs, and online tutorials.
  • Direct and train library staff in duties, such as receiving, shelving, researching, cataloging, and equipment use.
  • Engage in professional development activities, such as taking continuing education classes and attending or participating in conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and associations.
  • Evaluate materials to determine outdated or unused items to be discarded.
  • Evaluate vendor products and performance, negotiate contracts, and place orders.
  • Explain use of library facilities, resources, equipment, and services, and provide information about library policies.
  • Keep up-to-date records of circulation and materials, maintain inventory, and correct cataloging errors.
  • Locate unusual or unique information in response to specific requests.
  • Maintain hardware and software, including computers, media equipment, scanners, color copiers, and color laser printers.
  • Maintain inventory of audio-visual equipment.
  • Plan and deliver client-centered programs and services, such as special services for corporate clients, storytelling for children, newsletters, or programs for special groups.
  • Plan and teach classes on topics such as information literacy, library instruction, and technology use.
  • Represent library or institution on internal and external committees.
  • Respond to customer complaints, taking action as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Set up, adjust, and operate audio-visual equipment, such as cameras, film and slide projectors, and recording equipment, for meetings, events, classes, seminars, and video conferences.
  • Supervise daily library operations, budgeting, planning, and personnel activities, such as hiring, training, scheduling, and performance evaluations.
  • Teach library patrons basic computer skills, such as searching computerized databases.
  • Train faculty and media staff on the use of software and audio-visual equipment.
  • Troubleshoot problems with audio-visual equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Classify materials according to standard systems.
  • Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
  • Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.
  • Confer with others to conduct or arrange operational activities.
  • Construct exhibits or parts of exhibits.
  • Develop library or archival databases.
  • Develop policies or procedures for archives, museums or libraries.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions.
  • Direct activities of subordinates.
  • Direct department activities.
  • Help patrons use library or archival resources.
  • Inspect materials or equipment to determine need for repair or replacement.
  • Inventory materials or equipment.
  • Maintain computer equipment or software.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain inventory records.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Maintain the inventory of equipment.
  • Negotiate purchases or contracts.
  • Operate audiovisual equipment.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
  • Process library materials.
  • Search information sources to find specific data.
  • Select educational materials or equipment.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Train staff members.
  • Troubleshoot equipment or systems operation problems.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Visual Information-Graphics Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Visual Information-Photojournalism Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Broadcaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Combat Graphics Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Photographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Videographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education and Training Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Historian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Historian Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historical Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Information System Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Journeyman Paralegal (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Photography (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Master Photojournalist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Journeyman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Production Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Acquisitions Librarian
  • Audiovisual Librarian
  • Audiovisual Production Specialist
  • Bookmobile Librarian
  • Chief Librarian, Branch or Department
  • Children's Librarian
  • Institution Librarian
  • Librarian
  • Librarian, Special Collections
  • Librarian, Special Library
  • Library Director
  • Media Specialist, School Library
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Librarian, International Broadcast
  • News Librarian
  • Young-Adult Librarian