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Job Description

Librarians will organise and manage collections of books, journals, magazines and electronic documents, this could be in a public library, a school, college or university or sometimes in large companies or organisations. Duties can vary depending on the size of the library but could include, cataloging stock using IT systems, dealing with enquiries, helping library user to find what they are looking for and setting up reading groups and other activities.

Entry Requirements

You could get into this career through a degree in librarianship or information management accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

If you've a degree in another subject, you could:

  • take a postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information management
  • join a graduate training scheme run by an employer or CILIP

You’ll usually need some practical experience which you could get during your first degree, or by volunteering afterwards.

If you're working as a library assistant or have a job with an information service, you could apply for Certification through CILIP. You could then work your way up by taking further qualifications.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Career Path and Progression

You could move into a senior job as a manager. Another option is to take responsibility for a specialist service or collection.

If you hold a senior position in your organisation, you could apply for professional registration of CILIP.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Archivist
  • Bookseller
  • Indexer
  • Information scientist
  • Library assistant

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good customer service skills
  • Very good organisational skills
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Good computer skills
  • Able to supervise others
  • Good research skills
  • The ability to think analytically to develop new or revised systems or procedures
  • Patience when dealing with customer requests

Starting Salary

£18,500 to £42,000

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