Acquisitions Librarians

Acquisitions librarians build and maintain library collections, which include print items, such as books and periodicals, digital items, such as CD-ROMs and DVDs, electronic resources, such as e-books and databases, as well as music, art, and other resources available to library patrons. Acquisitions librarians are also called collection development librarians and collection development specialists. Acquisitions librarians are employed by all types of libraries, though the majority work in academic libraries.

Quick Facts
Duties Build and maintain library collections, which include books, periodicals, CD-ROMs, DVDs, e-books, databases, music, art, and other resources available to library patrons
Alternate Title(s) Collection Development Librarians, Collection Development Specialists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the United States
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
Experience Volunteer or part-time work in a library
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Library Director or Library Science Educator
  • Manager of Acquisitions Department
  • Experienced Acquisitions Librarian
  • Acquisitions Librarian

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