What is it like to be a Librarian

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There are many stereotypes about librarians. To the populace librarians are either older women wearing glasses who push carts around the book shelves. They are always crabby and telling people to be quiet. Some think of them as youthful girls snapping their chewing gum and reading books at the circulation desk. Like various stereotypes, there may be a speck of truth in these ideas, however most librarians are extensively trained professionals with a large number of duties to keep them fully occupied. Most librarians are devoted to public service.

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A Librarian is a teacher.
Library visitors need to be instructed how to find the information they need. Normally this includes showing guests who have never used a computer the essentials of how to get on a web page and how to search the library online catalog. Users need help in creating their searches to find data to satisfy their needs. Students have to be trained how to use citations. They also need a grasp of breach of copyright so they do not blunder commit and plagiarism. In today’s copy, and paste society it is very easy for accidental plagiarism to happen. Commonly used programs such as word processing are continually being improved and librarians need to keep their guests up to date on these modifications. Public K-12 schools have specialized librarians called media specialist. A media specialist works with the teachers in support of their teaching and takes an active part in the class work. Librarians perform a vital service by providing reading programs that give preschoolers a head start for school. Under the guise of games and fun librarians provide influence for deprived children to the world of learning. Librarians also help older users learn how to read and add to lifelong learning opportunities for all users.

A Librarian is a information source.
Librarians are important for keeping the library users informed. In today’s expanding and changing community information is more valuable than ever. Librarians teach users how to access news, research, and other important information. Libraries provide a place where the under privileged can go to access free newspapers and online news sources. Librarians are the gatekeepers to this information and resource access. Librarians are able to educate users how to access professional and scholastic databases.

A Librarian is a researcher.
Librarians do research to keep themselves current on the expanding trends and standards in the library profession. Librarians go to continuing education classes to keep up with the advances in technology. They need to understand the changes in tools and the software libraries use to provide the expertise needed to help their visitors. Librarians classify, sort, organize and help people find information. This information is complied in the library catalog and used by patrons to find information.

Librarians work in many places.
Large companies have librarians, Universities have librarians and public libraries have librarians. Each work situation requires different skills and education. In a business a librarian would be called a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and be responsible for all files and records created by the business. In Universities librarians help professors and students search for the latest information in the areas they are specializing in. Librarians surf the internet and read literature reviews to keep up to date on new books and information resources for library use. Librarians have to deal with undersized funds getting smaller every year and need to evaluate prices on information and entertainment items to make the wisest purchases for their facilities.

Requirements to be a Librarian.
It is a general misunderstanding that anybody can be a librarian. Doctrine laid down, by the American Library Association outline that qualified librarians must possess a Masters degree from an education program that has passed ALA certification standards. Only select universities offer this accredited degree, as of 2010 a total of 62 programs are offered within the United States and Canada. Many programs are now offered completely online. There is no particular Bachelors degree required to enter a graduate Library Program but an capability to communicate effectively is valuable in the library profession. The employment market for professional librarians is like so many other professions, variable. Many retirement age librarians are leaving the labor force while many students are entering the field from graduate school. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook Online, 2010-2011, at upcoming job prospects are promising The standard beginning compensation for a inexperienced librarian is between $40,000 and $47,000 depending on employee experience the type and size of the hiring library. The library profession is a excellent occupation for those looking for a future.

 

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.