Film and Video Librarians

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.

Quick Facts
Duties Oversee a collection of films and videos housed within a library, school, or business
Alternate Title(s) Media 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 Previous volunteer or part-time work in a library
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Library Director
  • Head of a Film and Video Department
  • Film and Video Librarian
  • Assistant Librarian or Media Center Aide

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