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Librarians are usually entrusted to select, develop, catalog and classify various resources of the library such as books, magazines, audio-visual content etc. This is usually done through specialized library software and computer applications. Librarians are also expected to assist the patrons in finding the requisite information and help them conduct research for personal as well as professional use. Recruitment, training, and management of library staff also falls under the purview of librarians.

Job duties of librarians may change on the basis of the library they serve. While most libraries are categorized as public, academic and medical, they may also be classified as – Government libraries, company libraries, and school libraries. The ones at school may further be categorized as elementary, secondary and post-secondary libraries.

An entry-level job for a librarian requires one to have a graduate, and in some cases a master’s degree in library science. Though seldom, but certain job profiles may require the applicant to have a teaching certificate, and/or a degree in a specific field.

While most job openings for librarians need them to work full time, there are a few openings for part-time jobs as well.

Fact File

Librarians
2016 Median Pay $57,680 per year
$27.73 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Master’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-Job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2016 138,200
Job Outlook, 2016-26 9% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 12,400

Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm 

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Given the fact that the median pay of a librarian is well above $57,000 a year, it is more than justified for you to pursue a career in this field. And what better a way to do so, than to draft a compelling resume. After all, in today’s time of increasing competition, it is imperative that you play your first card right. We will guide you towards creating a resume that will help you stand out.

Contact Details.

Make sure that this section includes all the information that a prospective employer may need in order to get in touch with you, such as –

  • Name
  • Contact Address (Temporary and Permanent, both)
  • Telephone/Cell Phone Number
  • Email Id

Career Objective

This is one of the most imperative sections of your resume, as it defines who you are, and why you think that you’ll be an ideal fit for the job. In order to make your objective as impressive as possible, make sure it is concise and crisp. It should ideally be written down in one or two sentences and comprise of –

  • Your highest qualification and certification (if any)
  • Your experience (as an intern or at a previous place of work)
  • Why the employer must choose you
  • How you will add value to the organization

The idea here is to keep the objective crisp, and hence it is advisable that you keep it to a maximum of 2-3 sentences.

PRO TIP: Considering that your Career Objective will sit in the top third of the page, it will most likely capture the attention of your prospective employer. In order for your resume to stand out, you must give due diligence to this section and ensure that it is to the point. For all you know, this section can prove to be your wild card and earn you an entry to the interview round.

Work Experience

Your Librarian Work Experience should be listed in a reverse chronological order. Under this section, it is advisable that you enlist your key result areas. In addition, wherever possible, don’t shy away from quantifying your achievements such as-

Collected over $5000 in library donations.

You can also do so in other respects such as –

  • Number of patrons served by the library
  • Money earned by the way of Grant Writing
  • Value addition to the organization in any form

Needless to say, this will give your resume more weight and will help you create the much-desired impression on the recruiter.

Educational Qualifications

In order to land the job of a librarian at a reputable establishment, you ought to have a formal graduate and/or post-graduate degree in Library Science.

While writing a resume you should pen down your education in reverse chronological order. Here, you ought to ensure that you include details regarding –

  • Subjects/Courses
  • Educational Institutes (complete with name and location)
  • Duration and Dates of Courses
  • Professional Qualifications (if any)

Key Skills

More often than not, the educational qualifications of all applicants are of similar nature. Hence, what sets your resume apart are your key skills. Not only do they give a clear picture to the recruiter of how exactly will you bring value to the organization, but will also help you create a lasting impression. Apart from basic skills such as good communication etiquettes and language proficiency, make sure that you also mention some other skills that convey the value that you can offer to the organization. This section may include abilities such as –

  • Good Organizational Skills
  • Knack for Creating Attractive Displays
  • Warm and Courteous Attitude towards Patrons
  • Book Helper
  • Teamwork and Communication
  • In-Depth Knowledge Regarding Various Library Resources
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Working Knowledge of OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)

Pro Tip: When drafting a resume, it is important that it looks as organized as possible, and catches the attention of the recruiter in the right places. Hence, whenever possible, make use of bulleted points in your resume (as exhibited in the sample).

Not only does it make it easier for the employer to skim through your resume, but also helps them remember the important points with ease, thus accentuating the chances for the resume to stand out.

Just so you have a fair idea of how your ideal resume for a librarian should look like, our experts have drafted a sample resume for your perusal.  Take a close look at the same, and check whether or not all the aspects mentioned in it are a part of your own resume.

Catherine Joseph

350, 5th Avenue, New York, NY 63414

(212)322-3423

catherine.joseph@example.com

Freshly graduated librarian, seeking to leverage 4 years of experience as an intern and a volunteer. With a penchant for working as a reference librarian and an experience of accomplishing projects including presentations and grant writing, I wish to undertake a role that expands my horizons in the field.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

New York Public Library, New York

Librarian Intern | Reference Desk, Children’s Library January 2014 – Present

  • Conducted research and offered assistance in writing for a library program pertaining child care. Won a $500 grant offered by the American Association for Child Sciences.
  • Conducted a fundraising activity raising for underprivileged children, and collected over $5000 in library donations.
  • Responsible for coordination of children’s library operations.
  • Offered assistance to patrons needing information
  • Helped with the checking in and out of books

West New Brighton Library, New York

Library Volunteer June 2012 – January 2014

  • Used the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) to teach first-time visitors to browse through the library catalog.
  • Assisted patrons with locating books on shelves
  • Responsible for processing of new materials such as books, magazines, and audio-visual materials.
  • Performed clerical activities including taking calls, sorting mail, word processing, photocopying etc.

EDUCATION

Master of Library Science, June 2014

Columbia University, NY

Bachelor of Arts in English, June 2011

Graduate Cum Laude

St. John’s University, NY

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

  • Grant Writing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Good organizational skills
  • Affable personality
  • Bilingual – English and German

We hope that you now have a clear picture regarding what should go into a fascinating resume for a Librarian.