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How to become a librarian

The earliest libraries in history existed in Egypt and Mesopotamia. They were maintained by religious functionaries and court scribes. Libraries became public during the time of the ancient Greeks. The 17th and 18th centuries marked a resurgence in popularity for libraries - a popularity that still prevails nowadays. So, this article provides a guide on how to become a librarian.

Librarian degree

A BA or BSc (Hons) in Information and Library Management is a degree that will help you in your goal to become a librarian. This degree is a three-year, full-time degree, and it has a syllabus which covers topics like "customer service, marketing, research, management, supporting learners, website management, effective communication, and, of course, how information and media is organised and managed." Look for schools that have a sentence like this in their course description: "We work closely with our related professional body, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), to ensure that the programme meets the needs of employers, and as a result, gives you the best chance of meeting your career goals." You need to ensure that the degree course that you are taking is accredited.

Work in the library while at school

While you are working on your degree, you should work in the library that is connected with university where you are studying. Even if the position is
entry-level, it can provide you with two things: a taste of what the librarian career will be, and valuable experience which can go onto your CV. Contact the librarian at the university library to inquire about possible positions. The fact that you are studying for your librarian degree will help you to become an attractive candidate for a possible position.

Volunteer at a library

By volunteering at your local library while you are on school break, you will be adding yet another feather in your cap that you can add to your CV. When you volunteer your time, you are proving to prospective employers that you truly have a desire to work in the field as well as have a love for the profession. You will also gain additional experience in yet another library which can stand you in good stead. Not all libraries will be alike. A library connected with a university will be different from one connected with a community. You may find that you enjoy working in one kind of library more than another, due to this experience.

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