Film and Video Librarians

Film Archive

Librarians who oversee a collection of films and videos housed within a library, school, or business are called film and video librarians, or media librarians. They are in charge of researching, reviewing, purchasing, cataloging, and archiving the films and videos in all forms. The scope of the collection is dependent upon the type of institution or business in which they are employed.

Film and video librarians may also plan special viewing events or film discussion groups, or give class lectures. They take into account industry reviews and popular trends, as well as the input of the library director, teachers, students, and library patrons, when making new acquisitions. Many times they are also in charge of maintaining and providing instruction on the use of audiovisual equipment.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Media Librarians
Duties Oversee a collection of films and videos housed within a library, school, or business
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Speech
Experience Previous volunteer or part-time work in a library
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Digital Media
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Library Director
  • Head of a Film and Video Department
  • Film and Video Librarian
  • Assistant Librarian or Media Center Aide