How to Become a Children’s Librarian

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The children’s department in public libraries provides and abundance of resources and materials especially for children of varying ages. Children’s librarians are highly trained professionals that select many different materials and plan a variety of programs for children.


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What does a clinical social worker do?

Clinical social workers help people overcome their issues and become productive members of society by providing the necessary tools and resources. They provide counseling and help individuals find employment and housing opportunities. They also plan individual and group therapy sessions and provide counseling to family members. Clinical social workers work with a variety of clients that suffer from many different issues including substance abuse, mental illness, poverty, and domestic abuse.

What kind of training does a children’s librarian need?

Children’s librarians typically need a master degree in library science from an institution that is accredited by the American Library Association. Many colleges and universities offer programs in library science. Prospective children’s librarians typically complete courses in foundations of library science, censorship, children’s literature, resources for children, and online reference systems. Many aspiring children’s librarians work part-time or obtain volunteer positions in children’s departments of public libraries to gain practical experience. Most states have licensing and certification requirements for children’s librarians. Requirements vary but often include minimum education and experience and passing an examination. Children’s librarians must complete continuing education and additional training throughout their careers to keep their skills up to date and stay abreast with new information systems and technology.

What are the prospects for a career as a children’s librarian?

Employment of children’s librarians is expected to grow as fast as average for all professions, increasing 8% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increased demand for children’s library services will drive job growth.

Job prospects should be favorable especially for children’s librarians with extensive experience and advanced training. Many job openings will stem from the need to replace children’s librarians that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.

How much do children’s librarians make?

As of April 2010, the average annual salary for children’s librarians is $42,000; average annual children’s librarian salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).

A career as a children’s librarian is an excellent choice for individuals with a strong interest in library science and working with a variety of children. Children’s librarians must have a solid understanding of children’s literature and be familiar with a variety of child-related materials. Creativity, enthusiasm, and detail orientation are necessary characteristics. Children’s librarians must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to interact to with a variety of children. They must be able to effectively work independently as well as part of a team.

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