How to write a Librarian job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Librarian job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Librarian job titles

  • Librarian
  • Head Librarian
  • Academic Librarian
  • Librarian (Part-Time)
  • Reference Librarian

Librarian job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Librarian job summary

A public library seeks a dedicated and experienced Librarian to join its staff. We serve a large portion of the local community, including parents and young children. Many of our patrons are kids who come to the library after school and students who use the facility for research. We also have a high volume of fiction and non-fiction lending. Our extensive collection of first-edition fiction and our high-quality collection of historical texts make us a unique part of the local library system and a fascinating place to work. We offer full-time hours with a generous bonus package and a flexible schedule.

Librarian responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Librarian responsibilities

  • Assist patrons with finding reference materials and leisure reading materials when asked
  • Maintain library inventory and conduct periodic audits of the information on file
  • Help patrons navigate the electronic records and periodicals
  • Read stories to groups of children three mornings per week and conduct play time afterward
  • Create and implement new programs to attract patrons of different demographics, such as socials and author signings
  • Check books and other materials in and out of the library
  • Teach patrons how to use the electronic database and its functions
  • Plan and host book sales on a monthly basis
  • Manage the acquisitions of new materials

Librarian qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Librarian skills

  • Masters of Library Science degree preferred
  • 5+ years’ experience working in a public library
  • Experience working with electronic databases of library materials

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