There are many types of libraries and many types of jobs within each library:

Types of Libraries

  • Academic, including separate libraries for sciences, art, music, etc.
  • Public
  • School
  • Special, including libraries for historical societies and museums
  • Law
  • Government
  • Medical
  • Business 

Types of Professional Library Jobs 

  • Reference/Research librarian
  • Children's librarian
  • Young adult services librarian
  • Outreach services librarian
  • Scholarly communications librarian
  • Data librarian
  • Administrator (library director or dean; development officer)
  • Archivist
  • Curator of manuscripts and rare books
  • Cataloger
  • Bibliographer/collection development librarian
  • Manager of departments such as Acquisitions, Cataloging, Technical Services, Serials, Interlibrary Loan, Preservation, Access Services, Reference/Research, Technology
  • Systems administrator (overseeing the online catalog, etc.)
  • Professor of library science 

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