Happy National Library Workers Day.
Not all people who work in libraries are librarians. Other positions include library technicians, library aids or pages, maybe janitorial, IT, or other staff specialists that help keep the library functioning. If the library is big enough, there may be researchers, library assistants, administrators, bookmobile drivers, etc.
Q: Do you really need a Master of Library Science?
A: For most of us, yes, you do.
Q: Why do you need a masters degree if you sit around and read books all day?
A: I have met hundreds of librarians and have yet to meet one who only was responsible for reading books. The book that you checked out had to be selected by someone, purchased by someone, cataloged and processed by someone, put into the online catalog that allowed you to find the book, check the book out, and possibly renew it. If you put a hold on the book, someone had to locate the book, bring it to the hold shelf, monitor the system that allowed you to place the hold, notify you that the hold was available, maybe let you select where you could pick the hold up, and how long the hold would be available.
Q: What else do librarians do?
A: We can be generalists or specialists, depending upon the size and need of the library. If you are in a one person library, you do a bit of everything. If you are in a public library, you may be the children’s librarian where you select children’s books, hold story hour and summer reading programs, and you may arrange other special programs for children. Some libraries also have young adult or teen librarians. You may be a reference librarian, a cataloger, a supervisory librarian (head of a branch or a section of the library), or the acquisitions librarian where you buy the materials, supplies, and equipment the library needs. If you are a systems librarian, you maintain the online library system that includes the online catalog, the modules that allow you check items out, find out what serials or databases are available to to you, maybe work with the e-books, audiobooks, the computer lab, etc.