Children's Librarians

Children's librarians oversee the daily operations of the children's department of public and private libraries and school libraries. They purchase books, periodicals, music and films, and other informational material, and prepare them for circulation. Children's librarians also serve as instructors and mentors to students. In addition, they conduct activities to introduce children to different types of literature. These activities include story time, reading challenges, book discussions, and outreach projects. Children’s librarians may also be called children’s services managers and youth services librarians. Approximately 136,510 librarians (including children's librarians) are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Manage the daily operations of the children’s department at libraries; research and purchase resources; prepare and lead story time and other activities; manage staff
Alternate Title(s) Children’s Services Managers, Youth Services Librarians
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 country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • History
Experience Experience as a teacher, working with children, and using computer databases will be useful
Skills
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Children’s Library Director
  • Children’s Librarian
  • Assistant Children’s Librarian
  • Library Assistant or Technician

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