Special Collections Librarian

Collect and organize books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and other materials.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Special Collections Librarians do?

Collects and organizes books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and other materials on select subjects to be used for research: Organizes collections according to field of interest. Examines reference works and consults specialists preparatory to selecting materials for collections. Compiles bibliographies. Appraises books, using references, such as bibliographies, book auction records, and special catalogs on incunabula. Publishes papers and bibliographies on special collections to notify scholars of available materials. Lectures on booklore, such as history of printing, bindings, and illuminations. May plan and arrange displays for library exhibits. May index and reproduce materials for sale to other libraries.

Should I be a Special Collections Librarian?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Collection Development Librarian, Collection Management Librarian, Electronic Collections Librarian See More

    How to Become a
    Special Collections Librarian

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