Librarian

"I know exactly where to find the information you require. I select, develop, catalogue and classify library resources in a way that ensures ease and efficiency. I answer questions, direct library users and manage the data they are looking for. I always have an answer at hand."

Salary Range:

$49,000 - $78,000

The Tip

Be different and do one thing every year that causes people to ask, “So, why did you do that”?

Priority Knowledge & Skills
Advanced Research & Analysis Skills
  • Formulating research questions

  • Ability to critically analyze literature

  • Ability to develop and execute qualitative research

  • Ability to synthesize key themes from multiple sources

 

Contextual Knowledge
  • Knowledge of human behaviour

  • Understanding of context and values of audiences

  • Essential understanding of topics and themes as they relate to an audience

 

Advanced Communication Skills
  • Formulate and defend positions

  • Sensitivity to how communications is shaped by circumstances, authorship and intended audience

  • Formulate and defend positions

  • Apply written vocabulary to audience

Evidence-based Storytelling Skills
  • Ability to use research to develop an evidence-based story

  • Ability to generate story ideas

  • Ability to identify target audiences

  • Ability to create compelling narratives across media

 

Additional Skills
  • Excel in defined core transferable skills with a focus on transdisciplinary systems thinking, adaptive thinking, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Expertise in knowledge management and information sciences

Building Block Experiences
Education & Learning:
  • Bachelor of Arts (English)

  • Master of Library & Information Science

  • Ongoing professional development

 

"I’ve always loved working with children and teaching. I decided to pursue an English degree to develop my core research and written communications skills and to provide me options for graduate school as I was uncertain whether I wanted to do a Bachelor of Education or a Master of Library & Information Science. In my final year of my English degree, I decided to become a professional librarian."

Employment Experiences:
  • Worked at the local public library from age 15. I held progressively more advanced positions in different departments to learn the operations of a library.

  • Was a camp counsellor for two summers in university. In my second summer I was a coordinator with a staff of eight counsellors.

  • Teacher’s Assistant (TA) in the U.K. for 12 months

  • I was a virtual reference intern with the Virtual Librarian Service

 

"Being a full-time librarian is rare, as many positions are part time. I knew I needed to differentiate myself from my peers who had identical educational backgrounds. My combination of volunteering, plus my work with children as a camp counsellor and TA differentiated me from my competitors."

Community Experiences:
  • Volunteered at the local public library from age 12. I was hired part time when I was 15.

  • On the board of a literacy non-profit.

 

"Volunteering in the library system created great opportunities for me to build relationships in the industry and diversify my contextual experiences."

Contextual Experiences:
  • I took a year off from university to become a teacher’s assistant in an elementary school in the U.K.

  • I traveled to 14 countries

 

"My parents thought I was crazy to take a year off school and move to the U.K. for work. I worked for basically minimum wage and lived in a dorm room, but the experience was invaluable. My goal was to test-drive if I wanted to become a teacher. Though I loved it, it confirmed my desire to pursue a career as a librarian."

Relationships:
  • I had senior professional mentors in the library from a young age

 

"My professional mentors have made a huge impact on my career. My guides were the librarians I worked alongside from age 12 and they supported my key decisions later on. They were the ones that recommended English as a major and recommended taking a year off to work as a TA overseas. They also were my references to get into graduate school and ultimately I was hired full time by one of my mentors following graduation with my Master’s degree."