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Become An University Librarian

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Working As An University Librarian

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • $24,480

    Average Salary

What Does An University Librarian Do At Virginia Commonwealth University

* Reporting to the University Librarian as part of the VCU Libraries’ senior administrative team, the Associate University Librarian for Collections, Discovery, and Budget advances and develops the library system’s work in acquiring, processing, and accessioning library collections, and oversees the general financial operations of the VCU Libraries.
* Provides strategic vision and overall management for developing and extending library collections, and pursues exemplary, data- and assessment-informed stewardship of library collections funds, which exceeds $12 million annually.
* Directs staff responsible for licensing and purchasing materials for the collections, cataloging and metadata for discovery of collections, preservation of print and tangible materials in the collections, and stacks management, including operational oversight for the VCU Libraries’ off-site collection storage facilities.
* The AUL also provides strategic oversight for overall budget management and planning for the VCU Libraries, focused on budget modeling, budget projections, and communicating budget status and needs to inform planning and asset allocation within the library system.
* The AUL directly manages the departments of Collections Analysis and Investment, Metadata and Discovery, Licensing and Acquisitions, Budget and Assessment (including the VCU Libraries chief financial officer), and preservation operations managed by the Preservation Officer.
* The AUL will work with colleagues to develop an overall collections-building strategy that extends current initiatives focused on building specific collections of distinction while also meeting the needs of diverse communities of scholars, students, and others that comprise a large research university.
* The unique design of this position offers special opportunities and synergies by bringing together management of the VCU Libraries’ collections budget, comprising the largest allocation of the library system’s financial assets, with oversight of its other financial operations and obligations.
* Serving as a resource for the library system, the university, and the state of Virginia, the AUL will develop partnerships and collaborations that advance efficiencies, strengthen the impact of collections investments, and open new avenues to building collections and helping scholars explore the scholarly record held by or provided access by VCU Libraries.
* In partnership with five colleagues comprising the senior leadership team, the AUL embraces a prominent role in overall strategic planning, governance, leadership, management, budgeting, and development for the entire VCU Libraries system.
* The AUL will foster and stimulate innovation and creativity among staff, advancing the state of practice for collections and discovery nationally.
* The AUL is expected to be active professionally and to represent the VCU Libraries through participation in local, regional, and national cooperative, outreach, and professional activities.
* Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service

What Does An University Librarian Do At University of Colorado

* Implement, evaluate and refine high-impact library services in newly-renovated spaces;
* Ensure the Library’s services and spaces are inclusive, accessible and support the needs of a diverse and multicultural campus;
* Continuously seek avenues to optimize customer service through the application of innovative technologies, policies, and services;
* Employ shared and inclusive leadership principles to support decision making;
* Support all Library personnel in achieving a welcoming, affirming learning environment;
* Commit to continuously developing an organizational culture that advances diversity skills among Library staff and advocates for cross-cultural leadership;
* Articulate a positive image of the Library across campus and to community constituents;
* Enrich relationships with executive campus leaders and develop learning partnerships with academic and student support services staff across the three institutions;
* Collaborate with peers within the Library and across campus to foster student success and further the goals of the three institutions;
* Participate in scholarship to advance the profession;
* Continuously foster library development efforts, including grant seeking and fundraising; and,
* Participate in appropriate state, regional and/or national professional associations.
* Successful candidates will have an intimate understanding of and significant experience in addressing the major challenges facing academic libraries today, including rapid changes in the discovery and access of data, information, and knowledge; creative and effective use of physical space; and, changing roles of academic libraries as places, purveyors of information, supporters of research and teaching, enablers of learning, and creators of knowledge.
* On the tri-institutional Auraria Campus, this requires open communication and consensus building across multiple constituencies with distinct aspirations and diverse goals.
* The Director joins CU Denver at a time of significant opportunity, with a newly re-invented Library organization in a renovated library facility well positioned to deliver high-impact programs and services.
* Salary and Benefits:
* The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.
* The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.
* Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located athttps://www.cu.edu/employee-services.
* The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors.
* To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
* The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff.
* The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding.
* We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans

What Does An University Librarian Do At Wesleyan University

Articulate, advocate for, and implement a clear and compelling vision for the role and future of the library in the university’s educational mission

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How To Become An University Librarian

Most library technicians need a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. Library assistants typically need a high school degree and usually learn through short-term on-the-job (OTJ) training.


Most libraries prefer to hire library technicians who have a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. However, some smaller libraries might hire prospective technicians with only a high school diploma. Certificate and associate’s degree programs in library technology include coursework in acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, reference, and automated library systems. In some cases, library technicians who work in public schools must meet the same requirements as teacher assistants.

Most library assistants typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.


Library assistants usually receive some short-term OTJ training to learn about libraries and library resources.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Library technicians and assistants need to listen to and understand patrons’ needs, provide clear answers to questions, and teach them how to use library resources.

Detail oriented. Library technicians and assistants must pay close attention to ensure that library materials and information are organized correctly and according to the library’s organizational system. Cataloging and processing library materials also requires attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Library technicians and assistants provide customer service to library patrons and work with librarians, teachers, or researchers.

Technology skills. Library technicians and assistants use computers to help patrons research topics. They also use technology to maintain the library’s database of collections.


Library technicians and assistants can advance as they assume additional responsibilities in other areas of the library. Some eventually become supervisors and oversee daily library operations. To become a librarian, technicians and assistants need to earn a master’s degree in library science.

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University Librarian Demographics


  • Female

  • Male



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Filipino

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

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Real University Librarian Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
University Librarian The Trustees of Princeton University Princeton, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $200,000
Assistant University Librarian (Librarian II) The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Jan 01, 2016 $75,000
Associate University Librarian University of Florida Gainesville, FL Feb 08, 2013 $67,000
Associate University Librarian University of Florida Gainesville, FL Feb 08, 2010 $67,000
University Librarian Midwest University Wentzville, MO Jul 14, 2015 $36,900
University Librarian Midwest University Wentzville, MO Oct 01, 2013 $36,900

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Top Skills for An University Librarian


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Top University Librarian Skills

  1. Collection Development
  2. Customer Service
  3. Undergraduate
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed all general librarian duties including customer service for students and educational staff, organization of inventory and research assistance.
  • Communicate changes in policy and procedure to both graduate & undergraduate communities, librarians, supervisors, staff and faculty.
  • Served on university library and professional committees which promoted the culture of library information literacy and agricultural research information dissemination.
  • Perform circulation duties at front desk and provide coverage to patrons on circulation floors.
  • Developed digital and print library collections in the agricultural and life sciences.

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