Typical tasks of a professional librarian or information specialist may include:
managing and resourcing a branch library, a section of a large library, a small special library, or a research program
supervising and leading staff
designing, directing, formulating policy and applying services to meet the information needs of clients
providing expert advice or consultancy services on strategic information management matters
developing strategic plans, preparing budget submissions and briefings for general management
managing major projects, including information technology systems and applications in a resource environment
providing leadership, managerial and commercial skills and judgement
marketing and promoting a library or information management service.
A teacher librarian is uniquely qualified within the broad fields of education and librarianship with curriculum knowledge and pedagogy combined with library and information management knowledge and skills.
Teacher librarians have three major roles.
Teacher librarians as curriculum leaders:
work with Principals and senior staff to ensure information literacy outcomes are a major school focus
are involved in curriculum planning and school curriculum committees
raise staff awareness of the need for students to acquire information skills and of the importance of resource-based learning in developing these skills
promote the use of the information process as a framework for the development of information skills and as the basis for systematic monitoring of students' development as information users
plan, teach and evaluate collaboratively with teachers to ensure the effective integration of information resources and technologies into student learning
maintain literacy as a high priority, engaging students in reading, viewing and listening for understanding and enjoyment
provide additional assistance to students with particular learning needs or abilities, and to students for whom social justice considerations apply
involve students in the operation of the information centre to contribute to their understanding of the role of educational information services in lifelong learning and reading.
Teacher librarians as information specialists:
provide access to information resources through efficient and well-guided systems for organising, retrieving and circulating resources
provide training and assistance to students and staff in the effective use of these systems
interpret information systems and technologies for students and teachers in the context of curriculum programs
provide specialist assistance to students using technology and information resources in and beyond the school and for independent research
provide specialist assistance to students using the school information service facility for independent reading, viewing and listening.
Teacher librarians as information service managers:
develop and implement strategies for evaluating the resource collection and for determining curriculum and student needs within the context of identified school priorities
develop policies, procedures and criteria for selecting resources which meet curriculum, informational and student recreational needs
develop information systems and services responsive to student and teacher needs
ensure that the day-to-day administration of the school information centre is efficient and that systems, resources and equipment are well maintained
develop budget estimates to ensure that teaching and learning requirements are met
provide a stimulating, helpful environment which is a focal point and showcase for students' learning achievements
promote the effective use of resources and information sources, systems and services both within and beyond the school.
Learning for the future: developing information services in schools, second edition, p. 60–62) Library technicians
Technicians usually work under the supervision of a librarian and have a strong focus and vital role in customer service.
With a focus on operational and technical aspects of library and information, typical tasks and responsibilities may include:
assisting with loan and reference queries at the counter and by phone
assisting with internet and online database searches
maintaining library resources, records and systems
entering and editing data into computerised databases
operating photocopiers and other IT and AV equipment
arranging inter-library loans
develop and present promotional programs, including displays and library tours
undertake copy cataloguing and classification
at a senior level – supervise other library or clerical staff; manage a small library or information service or head a section in a large library or information.
Library assistants work as part of a service team assisting librarians and library technicians with library and office tasks and procedures.
Typical tasks may include:
responding to enquiries and providing advice and assistance to library users
working as part of a team in a library or information service environment
identifying and correcting minor faults with multimedia equipment
reshelving returned library resources
assisting clients with how to use information services e.g. electronic catalogues
using electronic information management and cataloguing tools for data entry.
Other work titles and roles that are found within our sector include:
• information consultant • customer service officer • program manager • data researcher • corporate librarian • team leader • community information officer • information or knowledge broker • managing director • library educator • circulation officer • lecturer • web manager • policy manager • national librarian • state librarian • parliamentary librarian • new technologies coordinator • repository resource librarian • knowledge centre manager • liaison librarian • music librarian • coordinator electronic resource access • manager flexible delivery and lending services • health reference librarian • information and data professional • TAFE librarian • collections and facilities assistant • project officer information management • metadata team member • law librarian • manager digital services Where we work
Library and information management trained employees work in regional or remote areas, in cities around Australia and overseas. The opportunities are endless. You could work in a:
university or TAFE library
state or national library
business or corporate library
museum, archive or cultural service
special interest library
film /music library
recruitment agency that specialises in the sector
your own knowledge management business
commercial company that supplies the LIS sector.
Your job may vary according to the size and type of library. In a large library you may become a specialist in areas such as acquisitions, cataloguing, reference work, online services or children's services to name a few.
courses in library and information management, preparing students for roles as:
Librarians and information specialists (undergraduate and postgraduate university courses)
Teacher librarians (postgraduate university courses; prospective students must be teacher-qualified to be eligible to enrol)
Library technicians (diploma courses)
No formal qualification is required for library assistant roles, however many TAFEs offer Certificate II, III and IV in library and information studies that would enhance an individual's skills and employment prospects for this type of position.
Overseas qualified individuals can find out more about overseas assessment and professional association reciprocity here. Professional profiles
Like to know more about what library and information professionals get up to each day? Check out this wiki for a range of real-life profiles:
http://destinationlibrary.pbworks.com/w/page/17594300/Profiles For further advice