Institution Librarian

Plan and direct library programs.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Institution Librarians do?

Plans and directs library program for residents and staff of extended care facilities, such as mental institutions, correctional institutions, or institutions for physically handicapped or mentally retarded: Develops library policies and programs and prepares operational budgets. Selects, acquires, and organizes library materials for convenient access. Provides readers’ advisory services on basis of knowledge of current reviews and bibliographies. Reviews requests, and selects books and other library materials according to mental state, educational background, and special needs of residents. Assembles book reviews for institution’s bulletins or newspapers, and circulates reviews among residents. Provides handicapped or bedridden residents with reading aids, such as prism glasses, page turners, bookstands, or talking books, and with phonograph records.

Should I be an Institution Librarian?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Head of Information Services, Information Services Librarian, Instruction Librarian

    How to become an Institution Librarian

    Most Institution 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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