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librarian/assistant librarian/ information resource

  • Plan and deliver client-centered programs and services such as special services for corporate clients, storytelling for children, newsletters, or programs for special groups.
  • Negotiate contracts for library services, materials, and equipment.
  • Respond to customer complaints, taking action as necessary.
  • Arrange for interlibrary loans of materials not available in a particular library.


  • Help library patrons conduct research and find the information they need
  • Teach classes about information resources and help users evaluate search results and reference materials
  • Organize library materials so they are easy to find, and maintain collections
  • Plan programs for different audiences, such as storytelling for young children
  • Develop and index databases of library materials
  • Research new books and materials by reading book reviews, publishers’ announcements, and catalogs


  • Code, classify, and catalog books, publications,  audiovisual aids, and other library materials based on subject matter or standard library classification systems. 
  • Develop library policies and procedures.
  • Confer with colleagues, faculty, and community members and organizations to conduct informational programs, make collection decisions, and determine library services to offer.
  • Develop, maintain, and troubleshoot information access aids, such as databases, annotated bibliographies, web pages, electronic pathfinders, software programs, and online tutorials.


  • Check books in and out of the library.
  • Collect and organize books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and other materials in specific fields, such as rare books, genealogy, or music.
  • Evaluate vendor products and performance, negotiate contracts, and place orders.
  • Direct and train library staff in duties such as receiving, shelving, researching, cataloging, and equipment use.


  • Evaluate materials to determine outdated or unused items to be discarded.
  • Engage in professional development activities, such as taking continuing education classes and attending or participating in conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and associations.
  • Author or publish professional articles, internal documents, and instructional materials.
  • Compile lists of books, periodicals, articles, and audiovisual materials on particular subjects.