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Found out what a public librarian does! Presented by Becky to Oakstone Academy, May 2009.

Found out what a public librarian does! Presented by Becky to Oakstone Academy, May 2009.

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  • 1. Career: Librarian Becky O’Neil Youth Services Department Westerville Public Library
  • 2. What we’ll cover
    • A bit about me!
    • So, what exactly does a librarian do?
    • What goes on at a public library like mine?
    • What does a public librarian do?
    • What are some other types of librarians?
    • What are some other jobs in libraries?
    • How can you get involved?
    • Question time!
  • 3. I always loved to read… Image courtesy of Flickr
  • 4. … but I didn’t work at a library until I was in college. Otterbein College – image courtesy of Flickr
  • 5. During and after college, I worked at the Westerville Public Library, and I really liked it…
  • 6. … enough that I got my Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University. Image courtesy of Photobucket
  • 7. I love my job!
    • I get to talk about books.
    • I get to meet new people.
    • Every day is different.
    • I learn something new EVERY day!
    • I get to do creative things.
    • I help people and make a difference!
  • 8.
    • But what exactly does a librarian do all day?
    • … any ideas?
  • 9. Put away books?
  • 10. “ Shhhhhh”? Image courtesy of auburn.edu
  • 11. Nothing but reading? Image courtesy of Flickr
  • 12. Not true!
  • 13.
    • Librarians help people find information .
      • Books
      • Magazines and Newspapers
      • Computer (Internet and Databases)
      • DVDs and CDs
      • Sometimes research, sometimes enjoyment
      • The more you know about everything, and how to find out more, the better librarian you are!
  • 14.
    • A public library is a kind of community center.
      • Collection of books & movies to check out
      • Meetings & events
      • Programs for all ages – entertainment and education
      • Computer and Internet access
      • Space to work
      • Local history - Museum or archives
      • Tax forms & voter registration
  • 15. A public librarian’s job, Part 1
    • Working with people in the library
      • Reference and Readers’ Advisory
      • Programs
      • Computer assistance
      • Different departments/areas of the library
  • 16. Media Department
  • 17. Video Game Area
  • 18. Children’s Area
  • 19. Teen Area
  • 20. Teen Magazines
  • 21. Drive-up window
  • 22. Video Editing in the Tech Center
  • 23. Anti-Saloon League Museum
  • 24. Local History & Archives State Street, Uptown Westerville, 1960
  • 25. Program: Henna Tattoos
  • 26. Program: Puppet Shows
  • 27. Program: Angel the Cockatoo
  • 28. Chess & board games
  • 29. Program: Writing Clubs Choosing a story topic from the parachute
  • 30. Program: LEGO Competition
  • 31. Visit from C-SPAN’s Campaign 2008 Bus
  • 32. A public librarian’s job, Part 2
    • Working with people outside the library
      • Visits to schools and community events
      • Reference and readers’ advisory: email, online chat, telephone
      • Library conferences and education
  • 33. Look familiar? 
  • 34. El Dia De Los Niños @ Westland Mall
  • 35. Telephone/email/chat Image courtesy of Flickr
  • 36. Public Library Association Conference, Minneapolis 2008 Image courtesy of snakejones.com
  • 37. Other kinds of Librarians
    • Academic librarians (colleges and universities)
    • Special librarians – art, law, hospital, prison, corporate, government
    • School librarians and teachers
    • Archivists and curators
    • Computer scientists and database administrators
  • 38. Other jobs in libraries
    • Circulation
    • Tech services – cataloging, repair
    • Webmaster/web content
    • Page (shelving)
    • Collection Development – choosing and ordering
    • Administration – manager, director, accounting
    • Outreach – deliveries to schools & nursing homes
  • 39. Depending on the size and type of your library, you may get to do some or all of these things. Web design Ordering books Book reviews Instruction and teaching School visits Cataloging Processing new books Weeding out old books Circulation statistics Budgeting Reference and research Computer technology Display, flyers, marketing Storytime and programs Oh yeah…and sometimes, reading!
  • 40. Interested? What you can do:
    • Study what you like
    • Stay up-to-date on technology
    • Volunteer at a library
    • Work at a library
  • 41. Thanks for listening! Questions?