What do Librarians and Information Professionals do?
Being an information professional encompasses many different careers. Librarians do not work just in libraries, but with so much data and information now available, there are jobs for librarians and information professionals outside of libraries. There are occupations for information professionals and librarians in commercial enterprise, IT, government jobs, marketing, museums or archives, and publishing. Information professionals and librarians can also be found working the fields of law, health, and with the public and within prisons. In fact, just about any job involving information or data management needs an information professional/librarian.
Beyond the Bun has put together some of the most common job roles for librarians and information professionals. They are:
While these all involve slightly different job descriptions, they have some common characteristics such as focusing on user education, collection management, literacy education and reader development, and working with children and young people. For these jobs an Information Studies or similar qualification is usually required.
These careers have a range of descriptions, but there are some shared features such as sourcing, and managing information, repackaging information, and developing information or data management systems. For these jobs an Information Studies or similar qualification is usually required.
All of these careers have diverse responsibilities and goals, however they have some common features such as working with volunteers, user education, and involving the local community. For these jobs an Information Studies or similar qualification is usually required.
While these jobs involve different roles and different settings, they have some common characteristics such as working with data and information in some way. An Information Studies or similar qualification is not required for these jobs.