What Other Professionals Need to Know
The requirements of specialized library jobs vary greatly from library to library, even of the same time and size.
- A degree or certification in the job area, such as marketing, public relations, accounting, facilities management, network operating systems, software applications may be required.
- Desire to serve the library's user community
- Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment
- Knowledge of computers, and commercially available software
- Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form
- Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, volunteers, other community agencies and the public
- General knowledge of the philosophy and techniques of library service
- Ability to organize job duties and work independently
- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
- A general understanding of the workings of the library will give a person an edge in a job application, but libraries must often look "outside the library world" to fill such positions.
Specialized positions tend to be unique to organizations. In larger libraries there may be specialized departments, such as Information Technology, which may have a department head. In some cases people who start out in an area, such as technology, may later have an interest in becoming a librarian, library manager or library director.
Finding a job
- Specialized positions are often posted outside of the library as there often isn't a wide pool of candidates within the organization. Postings may be placed in local newspapers and regionally.
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