CareerTraQ

Prospective Student?
Apply here
Current Student?
Register here
 

The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297

Search other Careers:

Search by Career
 

Occupation Info


Librarian

Overview: Librarians plan the kind of library services to be provided to the users. They analyze the goals of the organization or community that sponsors the library costs and decide what kind of information and services will best satisfy the goals.
Duties: Identify organization's or community's library needs, such as libraries for business firms, government agencies, scientific research foundations, colleges & universities and communities.

They decide upon what types of books, journals & records should be acquired for the library and how they are best classified. Decide how users will 'borrow' or use the library facilities.

They decide what types of special equipment is needed to provide library services such as computers for automatic searching of authors, titles and subjects, and audio visual display equipment.

They design and prepare announcements and orientation programs to advise and teach library users how to best use the library's services. They prepare and administer library budgets.

Degree(s): A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
Job Outlook: Employment of Librarians is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Employment is limited by government budget constraints and use of electronic resources by patrons who bypass librarian services. Opportunities will open up for librarians to work as information brokers in private corporations, non-profits, and consulting firms.
Salary Range (National Average): $29,000 to $35,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A master's degree in library science (M.L.S.) is necessary for librarian positions in most public, academic, special libraries and some school libraries. Most states require that public school librarians be certified as teachers and have completed library science courses. Some states require certification of public librarians in municipal, county or regional libraries.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
* For New York salary data information please click here
* For New York green job information please click here.

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.