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LIBRARIAN: Tell Students How To Find Information

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Charles is a Librarian that works at a university. Charles tells us what he does on a daily basis, what he studied while in college and what he wish he knew before starting his job.

Degree: The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
Job Title: Librarian

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
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$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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m='12960'>of</span> <span m='13410'>North</span> <span m='13640'>Dakota</span> <span m='14070'>and</span> <span m='14170'>Montana,</span> <span m='14480'>kind</span> <span m='14790'>of</span> <span m='15020'>straddles</span> <span m='15550'>the</span> <span m='15630'>line</span> <span m='15920'>there.</span> <span m='17250'>And</span> <span m='17450'>so,</span> <span m='17790'>my</span> <span m='17990'>job</span> <span m='18320'>is--</span> <span m='18830'>it's</span> <span m='19090'>a</span> <span m='19320'>liaison</span> <span m='19840'>librarian.</span> <span m='20730'>Basically,</span> <span m='21940'>being</span> <span m='22310'>a</span> <span m='22360'>liaison</span> <span m='23630'>between</span> <span m='23970'>the</span> <span m='24630'>library</span> <span m='25400'>and</span> <span m='25980'>faculty</span> <span m='26390'>members.</span> </p><p><span m='27310'>So</span> <span m='27800'>the</span> <span m='28790'>areas</span> <span m='29110'>that</span> <span m='29230'>I'm</span> <span m='29360'>responsible</span> <span m='30030'>for</span> <span m='30400'>are</span> <span m='31150'>science,</span> <span m='31770'>that</span> <span m='31930'>includes</span> <span m='32380'>six</span> <span m='32700'>departments.</span> <span m='34200'>There's</span> <span m='35580'>physics,</span> <span m='36480'>chemistry,</span> <span m='37480'>biology,</span> <span m='38780'>geology,</span> <span m='39240'>math,</span> <span m='39570'>and</span> <span m='39680'>computer</span> <span m='40110'>science,</span> <span m='41380'>and</span> <span m='41620'>in</span> <span m='42070'>engineering</span> <span m='42720'>as</span> <span m='42820'>well,</span> <span m='43160'>encompassing</span> <span m='43740'>all</span> <span m='43990'>areas</span> <span m='44350'>of</span> <span m='44440'>engineering.</span> <span m='45800'>And</span> <span m='46600'>I</span> <span m='46760'>also</span> <span m='47020'>do</span> <span m='47180'>anthropology</span> <span m='48290'>and</span> <span m='48550'>social</span> <span m='48940'>work.</span> <span m='49220'>So</span> <span m='49480'>it</span> <span m='50420'>goes</span> <span m='50680'>all</span> <span m='50880'>over</span> <span m='51050'>the</span> <span m='51150'>map</span> <span m='51450'>as</span> <span m='51590'>far</span> <span m='51850'>as</span> <span m='51950'>the</span> <span m='52010'>subjects</span> <span m='52950'>that</span> <span m='53110'>I</span> <span m='53190'>cover.</span> </p><p><span m='54270'>So</span> <span m='56350'>I</span> <span m='56460'>go</span> <span m='56700'>into</span> <span m='57250'>classrooms,</span> <span m='58350'>and</span> <span m='58700'>I</span> <span m='58790'>talk</span> <span m='59110'>to</span> <span m='59190'>the</span> <span m='59310'>students</span> <span m='59780'>about</span> <span m='60530'>how</span> <span m='60730'>to</span> <span m='60830'>find</span> <span m='61150'>information,</span> <span m='62460'>how</span> <span m='62780'>to</span> <span m='63710'>help</span> <span m='64160'>organize</span> <span m='64790'>their</span> <span m='64970'>information,</span> <span m='67140'>doing</span> <span m='68260'>literature</span> <span m='68780'>searches,</span> <span m='69340'>like</span> <span m='69540'>they</span> <span m='69690'>get</span> <span m='69920'>term</span> <span m='70160'>papers</span> <span m='70820'>and</span> <span m='70990'>they</span> <span m='71110'>need</span> <span m='71340'>to</span> <span m='71410'>find</span> <span m='71750'>sources,</span> <span m='72610'>and</span> <span m='72720'>then</span> <span m='72830'>I</span> <span m='72900'>talk</span> <span m='73200'>about</span> <span m='73600'>how</span> <span m='73810'>to</span> <span m='73910'>cite</span> <span m='74300'>those</span> <span m='74510'>sources</span> <span m='75090'>and</span> <span m='75220'>things</span> <span m='75500'>like</span> <span m='75720'>that.</span> <span m='76080'>So</span> <span m='76110'>I</span> <span m='76610'>talk</span> <span m='76850'>to</span> <span m='76910'>them</span> <span m='77100'>about</span> <span m='77460'>that.</span> <span m='78400'>I</span> <span m='78560'>get</span> <span m='78800'>a</span> <span m='78870'>lot</span> <span m='79130'>of</span> <span m='80190'>questions</span> <span m='80780'>from</span> <span m='81460'>students</span> <span m='82930'>in</span> <span m='83040'>my</span> <span m='83200'>office.</span> <span m='83670'>So</span> <span m='83840'>they</span> <span m='84280'>send</span> <span m='84540'>me</span> <span m='84730'>email</span> <span m='84980'>messages,</span> <span m='85700'>or</span> <span m='85710'>they</span> <span m='85850'>call</span> <span m='86160'>me,</span> <span m='86340'>or</span> <span m='86440'>sometimes</span> <span m='86940'>they</span> <span m='87050'>just</span> <span m='87260'>show</span> <span m='87510'>up</span> <span m='87750'>and</span> <span m='87950'>say,</span> <span m='89070'>I'm</span> <span m='89290'>doing</span> <span m='89660'>a</span> <span m='90360'>term</span> <span m='90620'>paper</span> <span m='91160'>for</span> <span m='91480'>my</span> <span m='92050'>social</span> <span m='92410'>work</span> <span m='92600'>class</span> <span m='93090'>and</span> <span m='93280'>I'm</span> <span m='93420'>having</span> <span m='93690'>trouble</span> <span m='94730'>finding</span> <span m='95070'>sources.</span> <span m='95780'>So</span> <span m='96410'>then</span> <span m='96590'>they</span> <span m='96700'>talk</span> <span m='96980'>to</span> <span m='97070'>me</span> <span m='97220'>and</span> <span m='97430'>I</span> <span m='98500'>talk</span> <span m='98770'>to</span> <span m='98840'>them</span> <span m='99040'>about</span> <span m='99720'>the</span> <span m='99940'>subject,</span> <span m='100540'>and</span> <span m='100690'>then</span> <span m='101595'>I</span> <span m='101910'>steer</span> <span m='102240'>them</span> <span m='102450'>to</span> <span m='102560'>the</span> <span m='102650'>best</span> <span m='102950'>resources</span> <span m='103480'>to</span> <span m='103760'>get</span> <span m='103930'>them</span> <span m='104060'>started</span> <span m='104570'>on</span> <span m='104700'>their</span> <span m='104840'>searching.</span> </p><p><span m='105770'>When</span> <span m='106110'>I</span> <span m='106720'>finished</span> <span m='106990'>university,</span> <span m='107590'>I</span> <span m='107640'>went</span> <span m='107880'>into</span> <span m='108100'>the</span> <span m='108260'>computer</span> <span m='108730'>field,</span> <span m='109630'>and</span> <span m='109930'>then</span> <span m='110700'>got</span> <span m='110880'>a</span> <span m='110930'>master's</span> <span m='111420'>degree</span> <span m='111830'>in</span> <span m='112410'>computer</span> <span m='112830'>science.</span> <span m='114060'>Then</span> <span m='114480'>worked</span> <span m='114830'>in</span> <span m='114920'>the</span> <span m='115050'>computer</span> <span m='115430'>field a</span> <span m='115760'>couple</span> <span m='116050'>of</span> <span m='116150'>years.</span> <span m='117330'>And</span> <span m='117420'>then,</span> <span m='118850'>I</span> <span m='118970'>went</span> <span m='119210'>back</span> <span m='119490'>and</span> <span m='119630'>got</span> <span m='119920'>a</span> <span m='119970'>master's</span> <span m='120400'>degree</span> <span m='120660'>in</span> <span m='120750'>library</span> <span m='121210'>and</span> <span m='121290'>information</span> <span m='121870'>science.</span> <span m='123120'>And</span> <span m='123470'>so</span> <span m='124170'>that's</span> <span m='124390'>my</span> <span m='124670'>educational</span> <span m='125260'>background.</span> </p><p><span m='126100'>I</span> <span m='126250'>think</span> <span m='126540'>I--</span> <span m='127746'>I</span> <span m='128150'>wish</span> <span m='128539'>that I</span> <span m='128620'>knew</span> <span m='128860'>more</span> <span m='129410'>about</span> <span m='129789'>the</span> <span m='130960'>structure</span> <span m='131630'>of</span> <span m='132530'>higher</span> <span m='132900'>education.</span> <span m='133305'>I</span> <span m='133710'>mean,</span> <span m='133850'>even</span> <span m='134080'>though</span> <span m='134170'>I</span> <span m='134240'>got</span> <span m='134430'>a</span> <span m='134470'>master's</span> <span m='134920'>degree,</span> <span m='135690'>I</span> <span m='135790'>didn't</span> <span m='136080'>really</span> <span m='136410'>learn</span> <span m='136690'>about</span> <span m='137030'>how</span> <span m='137300'>it</span> <span m='137350'>works</span> <span m='137730'>and</span> <span m='137850'>the</span> <span m='137970'>interpersonal</span> <span m='138670'>relationships</span> <span m='139480'>and</span> <span m='139610'>things</span> <span m='139890'>like</span> <span m='140130'>that,</span> <span m='141150'>at</span> <span m='141260'>a</span> <span m='141330'>thorough</span> <span m='141670'>level</span> <span m='142050'>until</span> <span m='142720'>I</span> <span m='142870'>was</span> <span m='143010'>actually</span> <span m='143430'>on</span> <span m='143630'>the</span> <span m='143720'>job</span> <span m='144130'>and</span> <span m='145070'>experiencing</span> <span m='145920'>that.</span> <span m='148360'>I</span> <span m='148540'>also--</span> <span m='149720'>I</span> <span m='149920'>think</span> <span m='150180'>that</span> <span m='150300'>every</span> <span m='150540'>librarian</span> <span m='151170'>goes</span> <span m='151440'>through</span> <span m='151590'>the</span> <span m='151710'>experience</span> <span m='152510'>when</span> <span m='152720'>they</span> <span m='152850'>get</span> <span m='153050'>their</span> <span m='153160'>master's</span> <span m='153640'>in</span> <span m='153720'>library</span> <span m='154080'>and</span> <span m='154160'>information</span> <span m='154710'>science,</span> <span m='155190'>if</span> <span m='155330'>they</span> <span m='155460'>get</span> <span m='155660'>exposed</span> <span m='156230'>to</span> <span m='156470'>a</span> <span m='156530'>lot</span> <span m='156760'>of</span> <span m='156830'>the</span> <span m='156950'>resources</span> <span m='157540'>and</span> <span m='157966'>they</span> <span m='158392'>say,</span> <span m='158820'>oh</span> <span m='158900'>my</span> <span m='159040'>gosh,</span> <span m='159330'>I</span> <span m='159370'>wish</span> <span m='159590'>I'd</span> <span m='159740'>known</span> <span m='159960'>more</span> <span m='160190'>about</span> <span m='160530'>this</span> <span m='160750'>one</span> <span m='161390'>when</span> <span m='161590'>I</span> <span m='161710'>was</span> <span m='162360'>in</span> <span m='162500'>school,</span> <span m='162880'>you know</span> <span m='162940'>like,</span> <span m='163170'>during</span> <span m='163390'>my</span> <span m='163550'>undergraduate</span> <span m='164250'>years.</span> <span m='164610'>It</span> <span m='164750'>sure</span> <span m='165240'>would</span> <span m='165360'>have</span> <span m='165450'>helped</span> <span m='166140'>a</span> <span m='166240'>lot.</span> </p>","file":{"id":691662,"video_id":"","name":"3149-Charles - Librarian.mp4","duration":167461,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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