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LIBRARIAN, IN-DEPTH: Everyone In The Library Is Smart

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Elsie is a Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library. Elsie tells us that a lot of people that use the libraries are very enthusiastic and supportive of their libraries, which makes Elsie very proud that people are appreciating their services. She goes into detail about what she likes/dislikes, job prospects, and her work life balance.

School: University of California Santa Barbara ; University of California Berkeley
Degree: The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
Job Title: Librarian
Employer: San Francisco Public Library

Job Summary: Librarians

Job Description

Librarians help people find information from many sources. Most librarians, such as those in public and academic libraries, maintain library collections and do other work as needed to keep the library running.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Most states require certification or licensure for librarians in public schools. This often includes being certified as a teacher in that state. Many states also require certification for librarians in public libraries. Requirements vary by state.

Certification Requirement
Most states require certification or licensure for librarians in public schools.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$35,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills

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<span m='15430'>about</span> <span m='15730'>that.</span> <span m='16129'>But I'm</span> <span m='16340'>around</span> <span m='16900'>a</span> <span m='17000'>lot</span> <span m='17300'>of</span> <span m='17460'>books.</span> <span m='18600'>We</span> <span m='18700'>have</span> <span m='18950'>influences</span> <span m='19810'>on</span> <span m='20110'>what</span> <span m='20330'>to</span> <span m='20470'>collect</span> <span m='20900'>for</span> <span m='21290'>our</span> <span m='22360'>different</span> <span m='22680'>branches.</span> <span m='24380'>I'm</span> <span m='24550'>around</span> <span m='24890'>a</span> <span m='24960'>lot</span> <span m='25180'>of</span> <span m='25230'>smart</span> <span m='25620'>people.</span> <span m='25890'>I</span> <span m='25920'>work</span> <span m='26200'>with</span> <span m='26310'>smart</span> <span m='26680'>people,</span> <span m='27180'>and</span> <span m='27360'>people</span> <span m='27720'>who</span> <span m='27930'>come</span> <span m='28190'>into</span> <span m='28440'>the</span> <span m='28520'>library</span> <span m='29380'>are</span> <span m='29500'>very</span> <span m='29810'>smart.</span> <span m='30280'>So</span> <span m='31080'>it's</span> <span m='31700'>just</span> <span m='32540'>a</span> <span m='32850'>wonderful</span> <span m='33330'>environment.</span> <span m='34760'>San</span> <span m='35080'>Franciscans</span> <span m='35770'>love</span> <span m='36050'>their</span> <span m='36210'>libraries.</span> <span m='36740'>So</span> <span m='37020'>it's</span> <span m='37470'>always</span> <span m='38540'>nice</span> <span m='38810'>to</span> <span m='38900'>have</span> <span m='39160'>people</span> <span m='39470'>who</span> <span m='40170'>love</span> <span m='40550'>your</span> <span m='40650'>services</span> <span m='41840'>and</span> <span m='42250'>you feel--</span> <span m='42620'>and</span> <span m='42800'>you</span> <span m='42900'>know</span> <span m='43210'>that</span> <span m='43420'>they</span> <span m='43510'>will</span> <span m='43690'>support</span> <span m='44180'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='45390'>And</span> <span m='46040'>disliking,</span> <span m='46800'>sometimes</span> <span m='47410'>it's</span> <span m='47620'>just</span> <span m='47890'>the</span> <span m='48570'>paperwork</span> <span m='49500'>aspects</span> <span m='51770'>of--</span> <span m='52980'>well,</span> <span m='53480'>the</span> <span m='53810'>everyday</span> <span m='54220'>humdrum,</span> <span m='54740'>paperwork,</span> <span m='56930'>dealing</span> <span m='57220'>with</span> <span m='57370'>problems.</span> <span m='58580'>It's</span> <span m='59000'>the</span> <span m='59350'>unpleasant</span> <span m='59780'>things</span> <span m='60040'>that</span> <span m='60730'>are</span> <span m='60890'>necessary</span> <span m='62370'>to</span> <span m='62500'>the</span> <span m='62640'>job</span> <span m='63500'>that sort</span> <span m='63930'>of</span> <span m='63990'>get</span> <span m='64250'>in the</span> <span m='64340'>way,</span> <span m='64700'>but</span> <span m='65290'>I</span> <span m='65420'>think</span> <span m='65720'>the</span> <span m='65810'>fun,</span> <span m='67370'>and</span> <span m='67500'>the</span> <span m='67590'>knowledge</span> <span m='68050'>that</span> <span m='68330'>we're</span> <span m='68640'>really</span> <span m='68870'>doing</span> <span m='69150'>a</span> <span m='69220'>great</span> <span m='69530'>job</span> <span m='69890'>out</span> <span m='70110'>there</span> <span m='70390'>in</span> <span m='70550'>the</span> <span m='70640'>city</span> <span m='71120'>and</span> <span m='71530'>in the</span> <span m='71800'>system</span> <span m='72070'>really</span> <span m='72420'>kind of</span> <span m='74420'>tips</span> <span m='74685'>the</span> <span m='74950'>balance.</span> </p><p><span m='76290'>I</span> <span m='76390'>think</span> <span m='77200'>at</span> <span m='77550'>a</span> <span m='77670'>point</span> <span m='78170'>where</span> <span m='79480'>I</span> <span m='79610'>was</span> <span m='81200'>about</span> <span m='81640'>ready</span> <span m='82050'>to</span> <span m='82650'>have</span> <span m='82940'>a</span> <span m='83310'>child</span> <span m='84040'>and</span> <span m='85160'>Chinatown</span> <span m='85515'>didn't</span> <span m='85990'>look</span> <span m='86300'>like</span> <span m='86500'>it</span> <span m='86560'>was</span> <span m='86760'>coming</span> <span m='87220'>up</span> <span m='88040'>any</span> <span m='88110'>time</span> <span m='88360'>soon so</span> <span m='88830'>I</span> <span m='89000'>was</span> <span m='89230'>just</span> <span m='89430'>going</span> <span m='89530'>to</span> <span m='89590'>be</span> <span m='89740'>a</span> <span m='89800'>librarian</span> <span m='90240'>one,</span> <span m='91020'>that's</span> <span m='91370'>your</span> <span m='91480'>basic</span> <span m='91900'>librarian.</span> <span m='92820'>Which</span> <span m='93020'>is</span> <span m='93290'>nothing</span> <span m='93710'>wrong,</span> <span m='94000'>because</span> <span m='94180'>you</span> <span m='94440'>can</span> <span m='94670'>do</span> <span m='94860'>your</span> <span m='94980'>programming,</span> <span m='95680'>and</span> <span m='96030'>you're</span> <span m='96240'>out</span> <span m='96480'>there</span> <span m='96630'>to</span> <span m='96750'>meet</span> <span m='96990'>and</span> <span m='97140'>greet</span> <span m='97390'>your</span> <span m='97810'>patrons.</span> <span m='99020'>But</span> <span m='99280'>I</span> <span m='99370'>thought</span> <span m='99800'>oh,</span> <span m='99910'>I'll</span> <span m='100130'>just</span> <span m='100200'>stay</span> <span m='100530'>here</span> <span m='100850'>and</span> <span m='101050'>not</span> <span m='101320'>go</span> <span m='101450'>to</span> <span m='101580'>Chinatown.</span> <span m='101885'>Maybe</span> <span m='102390'>that's</span> <span m='102660'>my</span> <span m='103020'>lot</span> <span m='103260'>in</span> <span m='103400'>life.</span> <span m='103740'>But</span> <span m='104650'>as</span> <span m='104870'>faith</span> <span m='105070'>would</span> <span m='105200'>have</span> <span m='105520'>it,</span> <span m='106830'>as</span> <span m='107060'>soon</span> <span m='107160'>as</span> <span m='107250'>I got</span> <span m='107470'>pregnant,</span> <span m='107700'>then</span> <span m='108150'>they</span> <span m='108540'>offered</span> <span m='109010'>me the</span> <span m='109120'>job.</span> <span m='109550'>So</span> <span m='109810'>it</span> <span m='109960'>was</span> <span m='110140'>a</span> <span m='110240'>decision,</span> <span m='111260'>do I</span> <span m='111470'>go</span> <span m='111620'>forward</span> <span m='112150'>in</span> <span m='112270'>my</span> <span m='112420'>career,</span> <span m='113600'>or</span> <span m='113720'>do</span> <span m='113950'>I</span> <span m='114150'>stay</span> <span m='114690'>behind</span> <span m='115190'>and</span> <span m='116070'>be</span> <span m='116270'>a</span> <span m='116360'>mom</span> <span m='118120'>and</span> <span m='118300'>just</span> <span m='118950'>go</span> <span m='119130'>that</span> <span m='119490'>path.</span> <span m='120000'>So</span> <span m='121100'>at</span> <span m='121270'>that</span> <span m='121520'>point,</span> <span m='121710'>that was</span> <span m='122180'>my--</span> <span m='123120'>that</span> <span m='123590'>was</span> <span m='123860'>the</span> <span m='124080'>path</span> <span m='124880'>right</span> <span m='125140'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='126300'>It</span> <span m='126550'>just</span> <span m='126880'>depends.</span> <span m='127540'>Right</span> <span m='127790'>now,</span> <span m='128039'>with</span> <span m='128310'>the</span> <span m='131270'>downsizing</span> <span m='131615'>of</span> <span m='131960'>the--</span> <span m='132250'>and</span> <span m='132410'>then</span> <span m='132630'>the</span> <span m='132830'>unfortunate,</span> <span m='134560'>I</span> <span m='134660'>guess,</span> <span m='134930'>economic</span> <span m='135530'>developments</span> <span m='136450'>with</span> <span m='136600'>the</span> <span m='136690'>dot-com</span> <span m='137430'>bust</span> <span m='138080'>some</span> <span m='138280'>years</span> <span m='138560'>ago,</span> <span m='139310'>a</span> <span m='139400'>lot</span> <span m='139650'>of</span> <span m='139710'>city</span> <span m='140010'>governments</span> <span m='141040'>throughout</span> <span m='141370'>the</span> <span m='141440'>United</span> <span m='141750'>States</span> <span m='142930'>had</span> <span m='143285'>a</span> <span m='143640'>bad</span> <span m='143900'>turn</span> <span m='144360'>in</span> <span m='144770'>economics,</span> <span m='145500'>and</span> <span m='145620'>so</span> <span m='146550'>they're</span> <span m='146670'>not</span> <span m='146870'>hiring</span> <span m='147310'>as</span> <span m='147460'>much.</span> <span m='148210'>San</span> <span m='148555'>Francisco's</span> <span m='149300'>been</span> <span m='150150'>pretty</span> <span m='150490'>lucky.</span> <span m='153090'>We've</span> <span m='153270'>been</span> <span m='154370'>just</span> <span m='154620'>about</span> <span m='154880'>the</span> <span m='155180'>only system</span> <span m='155470'>whose</span> <span m='157320'>been</span> <span m='157480'>hiring</span> <span m='158020'>consistently.</span> <span m='161470'>It</span> <span m='161740'>doesn't</span> <span m='162050'>mean</span> <span m='162260'>that</span> <span m='162440'>we</span> <span m='163020'>fill</span> <span m='163220'>up--</span> <span m='163640'>fill</span> <span m='163980'>every</span> <span m='164280'>job</span> <span m='164760'>that we--</span> <span m='165080'>I</span> <span m='165190'>think</span> <span m='165500'>we</span> <span m='165670'>do</span> <span m='165830'>have</span> <span m='166050'>the</span> <span m='166140'>jobs</span> <span m='166550'>available</span> <span m='167650'>it's</span> <span m='167850'>still</span> <span m='168280'>more</span> <span m='168540'>difficult,</span> <span m='169370'>I</span> <span m='169530'>think,</span> <span m='169770'>in</span> <span m='169910'>these</span> <span m='170150'>times.</span> <span m='170560'>I</span> <span m='170660'>think,</span> <span m='170890'>but</span> <span m='171040'>things</span> <span m='171300'>are</span> <span m='171530'>getting</span> <span m='171770'>better.</span> <span m='173200'>And</span> <span m='174380'>especially</span> <span m='175020'>for</span> <span m='175290'>those</span> <span m='175650'>who</span> <span m='175720'>speak</span> <span m='176030'>another</span> <span m='176380'>language</span> <span m='177800'>like</span> <span m='178370'>Chinese,</span> <span m='179860'>even</span> <span m='179980'>Korean,</span> <span m='180650'>Spanish.</span> <span m='182250'>We have</span> <span m='182630'>Russian,</span> <span m='183930'>Vietnamese,</span> <span m='184970'>and</span> <span m='185140'>Filipino</span> <span m='185680'>Tagalog.</span> </p><p><span m='186770'>So</span> <span m='187350'>those</span> <span m='187840'>are</span> <span m='188020'>special</span> <span m='188520'>positions</span> <span m='189270'>that</span> <span m='190000'>I</span> <span m='190140'>think,</span> <span m='190410'>if</span> <span m='190580'>you</span> <span m='190700'>have</span> <span m='191040'>those</span> <span m='191280'>abilities,</span> <span m='192020'>you</span> <span m='192180'>might</span> <span m='192450'>be</span> <span m='192570'>singled</span> <span m='192980'>out. You</span> <span m='193240'>might</span> <span m='193520'>be</span> <span m='193610'>fast</span> <span m='194010'>tracked</span> <span m='194300'>a</span> <span m='194350'>little</span> <span m='194570'>more.</span> <span m='195970'>Not</span> <span m='196210'>everyone</span> <span m='196570'>has those</span> <span m='196940'>skills.</span> <span m='198120'>If</span> <span m='198230'>you</span> <span m='198660'>have</span> <span m='199170'>techie</span> <span m='199530'>skills,</span> <span m='200340'>because</span> <span m='200530'>we're</span> <span m='200660'>really</span> <span m='200920'>going</span> <span m='201250'>into</span> <span m='201750'>e-books,</span> <span m='203100'>and</span> <span m='204380'>downloading</span> <span m='205010'>of</span> <span m='205110'>newspapers,</span> <span m='206570'>of</span> <span m='206850'>video,</span> <span m='207650'>audio,</span> <span m='208270'>that</span> <span m='208470'>sort</span> <span m='208660'>of</span> <span m='208790'>thing.</span> <span m='209560'>We're</span> <span m='209750'>really</span> <span m='210130'>trying</span> <span m='210410'>to</span> <span m='210510'>connect</span> <span m='211000'>with</span> <span m='211140'>the</span> <span m='211240'>patrons</span> <span m='211920'>and</span> <span m='212060'>promote</span> <span m='212820'>those</span> <span m='213050'>services.</span> <span m='214920'>If</span> <span m='215070'>you're</span> <span m='215170'>interested</span> <span m='215750'>in</span> <span m='215920'>databases,</span> <span m='216720'>and</span> <span m='216950'>that</span> <span m='217130'>sort</span> <span m='217310'>of</span> <span m='217490'>thing.</span> <span m='218340'>There's</span> <span m='218470'>all</span> <span m='218680'>sorts</span> <span m='219210'>of</span> <span m='219460'>different</span> <span m='219810'>areas</span> <span m='220370'>in</span> <span m='220570'>the</span> <span m='220670'>library</span> <span m='221210'>that,</span> <span m='221660'>if</span> <span m='221850'>your</span> <span m='222000'>specialized</span> <span m='224030'>you</span> <span m='224470'>can--</span> <span m='224990'>you</span> <span m='225110'>might</span> <span m='225400'>be</span> <span m='225540'>able</span> <span m='225780'>to</span> <span m='225980'>tailor</span> <span m='226680'>yourself</span> <span m='227100'>into</span> <span m='227410'>a</span> <span m='227490'>job.</span> <span m='228210'>But</span> <span m='228360'>don't</span> <span m='228560'>get</span> <span m='228780'>too</span> <span m='228940'>specialized</span> <span m='229770'>or</span> <span m='229930'>too</span> <span m='230080'>generalized</span> <span m='231000'>because</span> <span m='231570'>then</span> <span m='232240'>you're</span> <span m='232370'>thrown</span> <span m='233710'>into</span> <span m='234270'>the</span> <span m='234370'>mass</span> <span m='234770'>of</span> <span m='234950'>thousands</span> <span m='235300'>who</span> <span m='235560'>have</span> <span m='235810'>an</span> <span m='235960'>English</span> <span m='236390'>or</span> <span m='236520'>a</span> <span m='236560'>history</span> <span m='236950'>degree.</span> </p><p><span m='238040'>Describing</span> <span m='238620'>my</span> <span m='238760'>work-life</span> <span m='239580'>balance.</span> <span m='242110'>There</span> <span m='242250'>was</span> <span m='242510'>a</span> <span m='242600'>time</span> <span m='242910'>that</span> <span m='243080'>I</span> <span m='243190'>really</span> <span m='243720'>was</span> <span m='243940'>throwing</span> <span m='244200'>myself</span> <span m='244630'>into</span> <span m='244950'>my</span> <span m='245100'>work,</span> <span m='246220'>and</span> <span m='246420'>I</span> <span m='246480'>was</span> <span m='247350'>working</span> <span m='247510'>from</span> <span m='248130'>early</span> <span m='248430'>morning</span> <span m='248780'>7:00</span> <span m='249180'>until</span> <span m='249540'>10:00</span> <span m='249790'>at</span> <span m='249940'>night.</span> <span m='250330'>So</span> <span m='251290'>but</span> <span m='252560'>of</span> <span m='252850'>late,</span> <span m='253350'>I've</span> <span m='253930'>tried</span> <span m='254200'>to</span> <span m='254280'>pull</span> <span m='254580'>back</span> <span m='254940'>because</span> <span m='256571'>you</span> <span m='256959'>have</span> <span m='257260'>to</span> <span m='257700'>balance</span> <span m='258980'>having</span> <span m='259269'>fun</span> <span m='259700'>in</span> <span m='259829'>life</span> <span m='260990'>and</span> <span m='261140'>enjoying</span> <span m='261750'>your</span> <span m='262089'>career</span> <span m='264120'>with</span> <span m='264330'>everything</span> <span m='264890'>else.</span> <span m='265190'>Because</span> <span m='265460'>it</span> <span m='265820'>can't</span> <span m='266290'>be</span> <span m='266500'>all</span> <span m='266700'>about</span> <span m='267130'>throwing</span> <span m='267350'>yourself</span> <span m='267820'>into</span> <span m='268160'>your</span> <span m='268950'>work</span> <span m='269250'>and</span> <span m='269580'>to</span> <span m='269730'>the</span> <span m='269820'>exclusion</span> <span m='270540'>of</span> <span m='270740'>your</span> <span m='270830'>family</span> <span m='271680'>and</span> <span m='272050'>your</span> <span m='272160'>friends,</span> <span m='273140'>because</span> <span m='273310'>you will</span> <span m='273390'>get burnt</span> <span m='273860'>out.</span> </p>","file":{"id":691659,"video_id":"","name":"3146-Elsie - Librarian IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":274760,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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