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Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Cargo trucks
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  • Special purpose telephones
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  • Notebook computers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Library software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Web page creation and editing software
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  • Web platform development software
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  • Information retrieval or search software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Search standard reference materials, including online sources and the Internet, to answer patrons' reference questions.
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  • Analyze patrons' requests to determine needed information and assist in furnishing or locating that information.
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  • Check books in and out of the library.
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  • Explain use of library facilities, resources, equipment, and services and provide information about library policies.
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  • Code, classify, and catalog books, publications, films, audio-visual aids, and other library materials based on subject matter or standard library classification systems.
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  • Locate unusual or unique information in response to specific requests.
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  • Direct and train library staff in duties, such as receiving, shelving, researching, cataloging, and equipment use.
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  • Respond to customer complaints, taking action as necessary.
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  • Organize collections of books, publications, documents, audio-visual aids, and other reference materials for convenient access.
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  • Develop library policies and procedures.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
      Related Experience:   Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $69,396.00 $33.37  $22.59  $25.93 - $41.11 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $73,467.00 $35.32  $23.07  $27.21 - $43.74 
    Danbury $75,644.00 $36.36  $25.83  $28.09 - $43.44 
    Hartford $71,340.00 $34.30  $22.86  $26.43 - $42.95 
    New Haven $67,482.00 $32.44  $23.50  $25.85 - $39.01 
    New London/Norwich $60,414.00 $29.04  $20.68  $23.39 - $34.81 
    Waterbury $67,654.00 $32.53  $24.17  $26.45 - $38.39 
    Torrington $59,219.00 $28.47  $17.93  $19.94 - $39.38 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   45
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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