Librarians and Media Collections Specialists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


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

Audio Visual Specialist, Audio Visual Technician, Catalog Librarian, Instructional Technology Specialist, Librarian, Library Media Specialist, Media Technician, Multimedia Services Coordinator, Reference Librarian, Technical Services Librarian

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

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.

Director ,

Gordon-Nash Library

Running a library is a challenging job with many, many facets. It isn't, simply, sitting there reading books. It is a job that is more about leading from behind than leading from the front. You have to build your patron base and support. It isn't always easy, but getting the right books in and when people start their own empowerment--when it works it is fantastic.

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

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