A Career in Libraries


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

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A Career in Libraries

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