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Librarians
District Of Columbia

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Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Currently Employed: 1,356

Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

Typical Hourly Wage: $27.70 - $42.97

Typical Annual Salary: $57,600 - $89,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Analyze patrons' requests to determine needed information, and assist in furnishing or locating that information.
  • Search standard reference materials, including online sources and the Internet, to answer patrons' reference questions.
  • Code, classify, and catalog books, publications, films, audiovisual aids, and other library materials based on subject matter or standard library classification systems.
  • Teach library patrons basic computer skills, such as searching computerized databases.
  • Plan and teach classes on topics such as information literacy, library instruction, and technology use.
  • Review and evaluate materials, using book reviews, catalogs, faculty recommendations, and current holdings, to select and order print, audiovisual, and electronic resources.
  • Develop and maintain databases that provide information for library users.
  • Locate unusual or unique information in response to specific requests.
  • Design information storage and retrieval systems, and develop procedures for collecting, organizing, interpreting, and classifying information.
  • Keep up to date records of circulation and materials, maintain inventory, and correct cataloging errors.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Cargo trucks
  • Desktop computers
  • Microfiche or microfilm viewers
  • Notebook computers
  • Special purpose telephones

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Library software
  • Web page creation and editing software
  • Web platform development software

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