Some leadership qualities will also come in handy as being a
librarian can involve project management work
So, you're thinking of being a librarian…
This is a vocation that people sometimes like to make gentle fun of -
usually with references to dusty old books, brown cardigans and
sensible shoes. But modern libraries are awesome information, learning
and technology hubs, so the modern librarian is more likely to be a
multi-skilled technical expert with strong network administration and
project management skills.
There are certain personal qualities that will stand you in good
stead if you want to become a librarian. One of the most important is
having an ordered, tabular, methodical mind with good attention to
detail. Being technically savvy will also help you, including an
interest in or knowledge of different curating and cataloguing
programs, and knowledge of HTML. Some leadership qualities will also
come in handy as being a librarian can involve project management work.
TAFE NSW's Diploma
of Library and Information Services will qualify you for a range
of library and information-related positions such as document delivery
officer, information services officer, education assistant and library
technician. A qualified librarian can also find roles in other
curating establishments as well, like museums and galleries. The
Diploma is also a good starting point as it has no entry requirements.
As modern libraries continue to embrace new and emerging
technologies, a librarian's more traditional skills like indexing,
classification, cataloguing, information storage and retrieval will be
put to use across an ever broadening host of platforms and electronic
media. Even the good old Dewey Decimal System has its place in the
modern-day library, in the form of the online WebDewey. A career as a
librarian means your duties and responsibilities will also constantly
be evolving too. So what are you waiting for?