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Librarian

Help people find the information they need for personal, education and professional purposes.

What's it like to be a Librarian?

Librarians are information services professionals who help people find the information they need for personal, educational or professional purposes.

Librarian

Tasks and duties

  • Assisting people with information literacy and helping them find books, electronic resources and other materials.
  • Acquiring, preparing and classifying materials so they are easily accessible.
  • Organising and maintaining information sources; including books, magazines, newspapers, electronic resources, audio and video recordings, photographs and manuscripts.
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Librarians may work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, school libraries, specialist and academic libraries, parliamentary libraries and archives.

What can I earn as a Librarian?

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How to become a Librarian


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To work as a librarian in Australia, you need to complete an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in library and information studies that has been accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). These programs are usually one to two years full time.

  1. Get started in the industry by completing a VET level qualification such as a Certificate IV in Library and Information Services (BSB42115) or a Diploma of Library and Information Services (BSB52115), which will prepare you to work as a Library Technician or Library Assistant.
  2. Complete a Bachelor of Information Studies or alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a Master of Information Management.
  3. Librarians with several years’ experience can move into more specialised roles, such as management and supervision, online services, reference work, children’s services or research.

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Diploma of Library and Information Services

This qualification will prepare you for a role as Library Technician or Research Assistant.

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Certificate IV in Library and Information Services

This certificate will provide you with the research and communication skills required to work as part of an information services or library team.

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Bachelor of Arts

This qualification gives you broad skills and knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation to get you started in your career.
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Latest Librarian reviews

Latest reviews from 57 Librarians surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Librarianship is a great versatile career
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Information Management
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Library Management
The good things
I love being a single librarian in an organisation. There is a level of responsibility and autonomy and satisfaction in being able to create the vision of the library and in being able to work towards...
The challenges
The challenges include the fact that most of the people within the organisation don't understand a library and why it does what it does. One always needs to be aware that at any moment you may be call...
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May 2021
School Library Officer is such a fantastic and fun job in the Education Department
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Education - Primary
The good things
Love helping the students find enjoyment in reading and learning about new things they read about in books. I like working in a great school, with the good students, and a great supportive team of s...
The challenges
* difficulty in getting enough funding, and therefore supplying up-to-date and diverse reading options * hardship to be diverse enough with such a small number of school children and community * limit...
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