Library Media Specialists

Library media specialists, sometimes called librarian/media specialists, library media teachers, audiovisual specialists, audiovisual collections specialists, school media specialists, or school media center directors manage their organization's media center. They are school staff members who help teachers and students find and use the information available to them through print and audiovisual sources. They acquire and maintain their schools' resources, which may include cameras, slide and film projectors, overhead and opaque projectors, television and video equipment, recording equipment, computers, and compact disc, DVD, and MP3 players. They also acquire and maintain items, such as records, audio and video recordings, films, compact discs, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, that are used with the equipment. There are approximately 66,000 library media specialists employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Manage audiovisual resources and technology (computers, etc.) in library media centers; teach students and educators how to access and use these resources
Alternate Title(s) Audiovisual Collections Specialists, Audiovisual Specialists, Librarian/Media Specialists, Library Media Teachers, School Media Center Directors, School Media Specialists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship, part-time experience
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Media Program Coordinator or Curriculum Development Superintendent
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Library Assistant or Teacher

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