A librarian is responsible for overseeing all aspects of a library. During a day at work, they catalog and classify the books in the library following an accepted system, place orders for new reading material, manage and distribute library resources and help readers' find what they are looking for. Librarians are typically employed by educational institutions, public libraries, research institutes, professional societies and specialist departments within hospitals or the government.
You will need to have completed a bachelor's degree in any field to work as a librarian. Larger libraries may require applicants to have a postgraduate qualification with the CILIP or Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals if their first degree is not related to information management. Librarians must have strong IT, organizational, management, presentation team-working, and communication skills. They must also be well-read and know how to use the internet and databases.
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