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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. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2015, there were approximately 131,550 librarians (including children's librarians) are employed in the United States and 50,210 children's librarians employed in elementary and secondary schools.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Organized

Outgoing

Career Ladder
Children’s Library Director

Children’s Librarian

Assistant Children’s Librarian

Library Assistant or Technician