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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a collection development librarian. For example, did you know that they make an average of $25.47 an hour? That's $52,970 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 6% and produce 8,500 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Collection Development Librarian Do

There are certain skills that many collection development librarians have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed reading skills, communication skills and interpersonal skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a collection development librarian, we found that a lot of resumes listed 43.1% of collection development librarians included library materials, while 8.8% of resumes included literature, and 8.5% of resumes included electronic resources. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the collection development librarian job title. But what industry to start with? Most collection development librarians actually find jobs in the education and government industries.

How To Become a Collection Development Librarian

If you're interested in becoming a collection development librarian, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 35.9% of collection development librarians have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 43.8% of collection development librarians have master's degrees. Even though most collection development librarians have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a collection development librarian. When we researched the most common majors for a collection development librarian, we found that they most commonly earn master's degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on collection development librarian resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a collection development librarian. In fact, many collection development librarian jobs require experience in a role such as librarian. Meanwhile, many collection development librarians also have previous career experience in roles such as library assistant or reference librarian.

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Average Salary$52,970
Job Growth Rate6%

Collection Development Librarian Jobs

Collection Development Librarian Career Paths

Top Careers Before Collection Development Librarian

Librarian
15.7 %

Top Careers After Collection Development Librarian

Librarian
12.8 %

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Average Salary for a Collection Development Librarian

Collection Development Librarians in America make an average salary of $52,970 per year or $25 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $70,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $40,000 per year.
Average Salary
$52,970

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Collection Development and Reference Librarian
Collection Development and Reference Librarian
American Library Association
American Library Association
11/22/2020
11/22/2020
$80,00011/22/2020
$80,000
Web Development Librarian
Web Development Librarian
American Library Association
American Library Association
11/04/2020
11/04/2020
$55,00011/04/2020
$55,000
Collection Development Librarian
Collection Development Librarian
American Library Association
American Library Association
10/30/2020
10/30/2020
$44,00010/30/2020
$44,000
Collection Development Librarian
Collection Development Librarian
University of Vermont
University of Vermont
12/23/2019
12/23/2019
$59,32112/23/2019
$59,321
Collection Development Librarian
Collection Development Librarian
Pasco County
Pasco County
12/21/2019
12/21/2019
$40,65712/21/2019
$40,657

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Collection Development Librarian Demographics

Gender

female

56.7 %

male

37.0 %

unknown

6.3 %

Ethnicity

White

79.3 %

Hispanic or Latino

7.9 %

Black or African American

6.7 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4 %

Armenian

14.3 %

Hawaiian

14.3 %
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Collection Development Librarian Education

Degrees

Masters

43.8 %

Bachelors

35.9 %

Associate

7.8 %

Top Colleges for Collection Development Librarians

1. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

2. University of Washington

Seattle, WA

In-State Tuition
$11,207
Enrollment
30,905

3. SUNY at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

In-State Tuition
$10,099
Enrollment
21,404

4. Louisiana State University and A&M College

Baton Rouge, LA

In-State Tuition
$11,950
Enrollment
23,468

5. University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$13,226
Enrollment
31,568

6. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

7. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$53,244
Enrollment
15,557

8. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

9. University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

In-State Tuition
$10,610
Enrollment
40,329

10. Long Island University

Brookville, NY

In-State Tuition
$37,763
Enrollment
6,323
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Top Skills For a Collection Development Librarian

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 43.1% of collection development librarians listed library materials on their resume, but soft skills such as reading skills and communication skills are important as well.

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Top Collection Development Librarian Employers

1. Wayland Union School
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$33,723
Collection Development Librarians Hired: 
2+
2. Mackin Educational Resources
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$39,129
Collection Development Librarians Hired: 
2+
3. Howe Library
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$48,082
Collection Development Librarians Hired: 
2+
4. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$42,583
Collection Development Librarians Hired: 
2+
5. Mercer University
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$39,425
Collection Development Librarians Hired: 
1+
6. Arent Fox
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$77,108
Collection Development Librarians Hired: 
1+

Recently Added Collection Development Librarian Jobs

Updated October 2, 2020