Librarian Kaitiaki Pātaka Pukapuka

Librarians develop, organise and manage library services such as collections of information, recreational resources and reader information services.

Librarians may do some or all of the following:

  • help customers or students to find items they need
  • plan and manage library services
  • select and buy books and other materials for libraries
  • classify library materials
  • update and maintain electronic resources and databases
  • research information for customers or students
  • support customers to access information on their own devices
  • organise or run training courses for customers 
  • manage a library's websites and social media channels.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for librarians includes:

  • volunteer or paid work in libraries
  • research or computer work
  • work in archives or records management
  • customer service jobs such as working in restaurants, hotels or retail shops
  • teaching experience in early childhood and adult literacy.

Personal Qualities

Librarians need to be:

  • good at listening and understanding customers' requests
  • analytical and good problem solvers
  • good communicators
  • patient when dealing with people
  • accurate, quick, efficient and logical
  • able to work on their own or as part of a team
  • good at project management and planning.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for librarians includes:

  • volunteer or paid work in libraries
  • research or computer work
  • work in archives or records management
  • customer service jobs such as working in restaurants, hotels or retail shops
  • teaching experience in early childhood and adult literacy.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, social studies, digital technologies and te reo Māori.

Librarians can earn around $50K-$75K per year per year.

Librarians with two to three years' experience may move into more specialised senior roles, such as acquisitions, cataloguing, collection development or reference services.

After about five years' experience, some librarians may become team leaders and manage staff, or they may become sole-charge librarians, running school or special libraries (government, organisational or corporate libraries).

With five to 10 years' library experience, as well as management and leadership skills, librarians may manage the operations, policy and planning of library services.

Librarian

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