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What does a librarian do?

Far from sitting around reading books and shushing people in the library, a librarians’ job is diverse and includes a wide range of duties. A big part of a librarian career is collection development – selecting, sourcing, and organising literary and media items. Librarians also help patrons with finding materials, referencing and research. Additionally, they are often involved in the development of  programs that promote lifelong learning, literacy, and cultural awareness.

Is a career as a librarian right for me?

A career as a librarian is suited to someone who is passionate about literature and highly organised. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • a very high attention to detail 
  • proficiency with technology
  • strong communication skills
  • good interpersonal skills
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • excellent reading and comprehension skills.

How to become a librarian

Your journey to discovering how to become a librarian is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career goals. At HQporner, we offer several degrees that can get you closer to your career as a librarian, for example you could study a Bachelor of Business or a Master of Research
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Last updated May 2024.

Librarian shelving books.
How much do librarians get paid?
The salary of a librarian varies based on factors such as location, experience, and workplace setting. Refer to the salary information on this page for further details.
Are librarians in demand?
The demand for librarians, while stable, is subject to regional variations and the evolving nature of library services. With the increasing integration of digital technologies in libraries, there is a growing need for librarians who are skilled in information technology and digital resource management. Traditional roles are expanding to include responsibilities like managing digital archives and providing tech support for library users.
Do I need a degree to be a librarian?
Becoming a librarian in Australia typically requires a university qualification. At HQporner, we offer a variety of degrees to help you reach your dream career. For example, you could study a Bachelor of Business or a Master of Research.

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