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Become A School Librarian

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Working As A School Librarian

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $56,880

    Average Salary

Example Of What A School Librarian does

  • Book selection; collection development.
  • Collaborated with teachers and public librarians to teach research and information literacy skills.
  • Assisted students and teachers with using Follett Destiny Quest to search for books and other materials available in the library.
  • Evaluated, selected and acquired library resources and equipment.
  • Attended summer school classes , earning 45 hours at UNO Worked with pre-K through 12th grade.
  • Substituted as librarian for all levels, Kindergarten through Grade 12 Attended American Library Association conference in 1976
  • Prepared lesson plans and conducted 21 weekly classes for PreK-5 students.
  • Help users navigate the Internet so they can search for relevant information efficiently.
  • Prepared statistical reports and lesson plans.
  • Automated the library collection and created a networked online catalog Purchased new materials and promoted them to staff and students.
  • Train and coordinate parent volunteers.
  • Order, process, and catalog new materials.
  • Coordinated workshops and trainings, supervised volunteers, and served on district-wide committees.
  • STATE OF HAWAII LIBRARY SYSTEM Hawaii State Public Library System Dept.
  • Collaborated with classroom teachers to implement research and study sessions.
  • Support teachers with library materials and special projects.
  • Collaborate with volunteers to help maintain library services for all students.
  • Created and implemented lessons for research skills.
  • Managed and organized two annual book fairs, on campus and off campus.
  • Provided curriculum support for all faculty, grades K-8 and instruction in library skills and readers' advisory for all students.

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How To Become A School Librarian

Most librarians need a master’s degree in library science. Some positions have additional requirements, such as a teaching certificate or a degree in another field.

Education

Most employers require librarians to have a master’s degree in library science (MLS). Students need a bachelor’s degree in any major to enter MLS programs.

MLS programs usually take 1 to 2 years to complete. Coursework typically covers selecting library materials, organizing information, research methods and strategies, online reference systems, and Internet search methods. 

A degree from an American Library Association accredited program may lead to better job opportunities. Some colleges and universities have other names for their library science programs, such as Master of Information Studies or Master of Library and Information Studies.

Librarians working in a special library, such as a law, medical, or corporate library, usually supplement a master’s degree in library science with knowledge of their specialized field. Some employers require special librarians to have a master’s degree, a professional degree, or a Ph.D. in that subject. For example, a law librarian may be required to have a law degree or a librarian in an academic library may need a Ph.D.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Public school librarians typically need a teacher’s certification. Some states require librarians to pass a standardized test, such as the PRAXIS II Library Media Specialist test. A list of requirements by state and contact information for state regulating boards is available from Libraries Unlimited. 

Some states also require certification for librarians in public libraries. Requirements vary by state. Contact your state’s licensing board for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Librarians need to be able to explain ideas and information in ways that patrons and users understand.

Initiative. New information, technology, and resources constantly change the details of what librarians do. They must be able and willing to continually update their knowledge on these changes to be effective at their jobs in the varying circumstances.

Interpersonal skills. Librarians must be able to work both as part of a team and with the public or with researchers

Problem-solving skills. Librarians conduct and assist with research. This requires being able to identify a problem, figure out where to find information, and draw conclusions based on the information found.

Reading skills. Librarians must be excellent readers. Those working in special libraries are expected to continually read the latest literature in their field of specialization.

Technology skills. Librarians use technology to help patrons research topics. They also use computers to classify resources, create databases, and perform administrative duties.

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Real School Librarian Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Upper School Librarian Lakeside School Seattle, WA Sep 27, 2010 $69,581
Elementary School Librarian Lycee International de Boston Cambridge, MA Jan 09, 2016 $60,944 -
$79,335
Certified School Librarian Central Consolidated School District Newcomb, NM May 11, 2015 $60,000
Certified School Librarian Central Consolidated School District Newcomb, NM Jul 03, 2016 $60,000
School Librarian Lycee International de Los Angeles Burbank, CA Oct 01, 2015 $57,711
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Jul 10, 2016 $49,232
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Nov 13, 2016 $49,232
School Librarian Central Consolidated School District Shiprock, NM Jan 15, 2016 $46,925
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Nov 13, 2015 $46,500
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Aug 11, 2016 $46,500
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Nov 08, 2015 $46,500
School Librarian The Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Oct 07, 2015 $46,500
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Sep 07, 2014 $46,500
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Nov 08, 2014 $46,500
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Nov 07, 2013 $45,080
School Librarian The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Mar 31, 2013 $45,080
School Librarian The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Oct 01, 2012 $45,080
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Nov 13, 2013 $44,800
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Nov 13, 2014 $44,800
School Librarian The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Aug 15, 2011 $44,800
School Librarian Teacher-Elementary The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Jul 16, 2010 $44,800
School Librarian Teacher-Elementary The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Dec 19, 2010 $44,800
Elementary School Librarian Prince George's County Public Schools Landover, MD Sep 20, 2011 $44,799 -
$82,873
School Librarian The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Aug 15, 2011 $44,545
School Librarian The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Feb 11, 2013 $42,780
School Librarian Us Virgin Islands Department of Education Sep 07, 2013 $42,780

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Top Skills for A School Librarian

ClassroomTeachersAnnualBookFairCurriculumSupportLibraryMaterialsOnlineCatalogBasicLibrarySkillsCollectionDevelopmentLibraryCollectionKindergartenLessonPlansResearchSkillsLibraryResourcesNewBooksNewMaterialsInternetK-5CirculationSystemPre-KLibraryServicesLibraryInstruction

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Top School Librarian Skills

  1. Classroom Teachers
  2. Annual Book Fair
  3. Curriculum Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with classroom teachers to implement research and study sessions.
  • Facilitated annual book fair fundraiser and supervised volunteers.
  • Provided curriculum support to teaching faculty.
  • Selected and cataloged all library materials, increasing and improving the collection to reflect an expanding student population.
  • Automated the library collection and created a networked online catalog Purchased new materials and promoted them to staff and students.

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