Library careers for those with a library studies degree, also known as a library sciences degree, include library services consultant, library manager, web archivist, school librarian and digital librarian, among others. Non-library careers available to anyone holding a library studies degree include technical information specialist, metadata analyst, media resource center curator, freelance researcher and research coordinator.
Specific library careers include being a children’s librarian, outreach librarian, young adult librarian reference librarian and library director. LibraryCareers.org recommends that prior to deciding on what type of library career to pursue, the following factors be taken into consideration: functions, people and setting.
Functions include the type of job activities most enjoyed, such as problem solving, writing, research or analyzing documents. The people consideration takes into account the type of individuals with whom a librarian interacts and works with on a daily basis. Setting involves where the work is done, such as a private setting or a public area of the library.
LibraryCareers.org recommends spending a considerable amount of time thinking about these three factors before making a decision on what type of library career is most suitable. The site also suggests that anyone considering a library career should discuss these factors with close friends or family as a reality check for a library career decision.