Library Directors

Library directors, also referred to as head librarians or library administrators, manage libraries. Much of their work is administrative, for example, creating a budget for new book acquisitions and technological equipment, managing the library's collection, fund-raising, devising public relations campaigns, working with community or academic leaders, and hiring, training, and scheduling library staff.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Academic Library Directors, Head Librarians, Library Administrators, Public Library Directors, School Library Directors, Special Library Directors
Duties Perform administrative and managerial duties in libraries such as hiring, training, and scheduling library staff; creating budgets; and managing the library's collection
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Ten years' as a librarian; five years' managerial or administrative experience required
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Professor, or Consultant, or Information Broker
  • Library Director
  • Chief Librarian or Associate Director
  • Librarian

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