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Career Story: College Librarian

College Librarian

Job Title: Librarian

Type of Company: I work at a 4-year college in Boston.

Education: BS, Biology, Suffolk University •• MS, Library Science, Simmons College

Previous Experience: I was a math and science teacher and circulation supervisor in the library.

Job Tasks: I am a librarian. I help students with the research and library use. I also process inter-library loan requests, getting items from other libraries. I also teach classes on how to use the library.

A typical day involves asking students if they need help, working on technical problems, getting books, delivering books, lots of email with students and faculty, as well as answering any research requests. College students do a lot of research and it is my job to help them do this efficiently and effectively. A student might need to write a paper about Bill Gates or any other topic, and as a librarian, I guide them to the best sources. If they need help with a bibliography, I help with that too.

There is a lot that goes on in a library that the library users never see. The books need to get added to the library catalog, they get inventoried and then they need to get on the shelves. Also no library can have everything so interlibrary loan is a great service that gets books from one library to another. A library is a great place to work, but you need a Master's degree to be a librarian.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of my job is the commute.

The best part is the students. They're great. They are very appreciative of any help that I can give them. They make the job very enjoyable.

Job Tips: Get a low-level library job, you will learn a lot! You cannot discount the experience you get by putting books away, you really learn a lot about the library collection and how a library works. The circulation desk is a great place to start. Be sure to find a good graduate school.

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