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Unit Group

5111 Librarians

Librarians select, develop, organize and maintain library collections and provide advisory services for users. They are employed in libraries or in a department within a library.

Example Titles

  • bibliographer
  • cataloguer – library
  • cybrarian
  • librarian
  • library consultant
  • library supervisor
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Main duties


Librarians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Recommend acquisition of books, periodicals and audio-visual, interactive media and other materials for inclusion in library collection
  • Provide reference services
  • Select, classify, catalogue and weed library materials
  • Prepare bibliographies, indexes, reading lists, guides and other finding aids
  • Develop systems to access library collections
  • Perform manual, on-line and interactive media reference searches, make interlibrary loans and perform other functions using Internet and CD-ROM, to assist users in accessing library materials
  • Provide specialized programs for children, seniors and other groups
  • Conduct library information and orientation training programs and tours
  • Perform related administrative duties and supervise library technicians, assistants and clerks.

Employment requirements

  • A master's degree in library science is required.

Additional information

  • Progression to library management positions is possible with experience.

Classified elsewhere

  • Library directors (in 0511 Library, Archive, Museum and Art Gallery Managers )
  • Medical record clerks (in 1413 Records Management and Filing Clerks )
  • School librarians (in 4141 Secondary School Teachers )
  • Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers (4142)