Branch or Department Chief Librarian

Coordinate activities of library branches or departments.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Branch or Department Chief Librarians do?

Coordinates activities of library branch or department, and assists patrons in selection and location of books, audiovisual materials, and other materials: Trains and directs workers in performance of such tasks as receiving, shelving, and locating materials. Examines book reviews, publishers’ catalogs, and other information sources to recommend material acquisition. Searches catalog files, biographical dictionaries, and indexes, and examines content of reference materials to assist patrons in locating and selecting materials. May assemble and arrange materials for display. May prepare replies to mail requests for information. May be designated according to type of library as Chief Librarian, Branch; or according to department as Chief Librarian, Circulation Department; Chief Librarian, Extension Department; Chief Librarian, General Reference Department; Chief Librarian, Music Department; Chief Librarian, Periodical Reading Room; Chief Librarian, Readers’ Advisory Service; Chief Librarian, Work With Blind.


Should I be a Branch or Department Chief Librarian?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Chief Librarian, Branch, Chief Librarian, Branch or Department, Chief Librarian, Circulation Department See More

    How to Become a
    Branch or Department Chief Librarian

    Most Branch or Department Chief Librarians have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aabj9a&chl=||associate%27s+%282%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2813%25%29|master%27s+%2884%25%29|doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,84
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