Library Careers: Interested in Being a Librarian?

Here is information about what librarians do, required education and more!

What do college librarians do?

All academic librarians have earned a master's degree in library science or in library and information science. Most SUNY Adirondack librarians have earned additional graduate degrees and have been professional librarians for many years.

All SUNY Adirondack librarians:

  • assist students, faculty and staff at the reference desk for several hours a week, helping them find quality information using books, databases, the Web or other sources;
  • participate in college-wide committees and programs;
  • consult with faculty and staff on campus-wide projects;
  • evaluate and purchase new material. Each librarian is responsible for purchasing material in particular subjects. 

Individual librarians specialize in:

  • teaching information literacy skills to classes: the SUNY Adirondack Library teaches more than 140 sessions each year to students;
  • producing tutorials, worksheets, handouts, research guides and other teaching material for students and faculty;
  • writing, editing, continually updating and managing the library's website;
  • managing the library's budget;
  • purchasing the library's books in specific subject areas for students to use in their research assignments;
  • purchasing appropriate databases and multimedia material for faculty to use in classes;
  • cataloging the library's material so library users can find items easily in the library's databases;
  • answering questions about copyright law;
  • offering presentations and workshops for students, faculty and staff;
  • working with specialized software to make the library's books and full-text articles accessible to users;
  • representing the library at college-wide events;
  • managing the library's staff;
  • ...and lots more! The tasks are often changing.

Professional Organizations and Important Links

In addition to ALA's site listed above, you might also be interested in these groups:

Books about Library Careers

Information Science Degrees

Librarians earn at least one master's degree, in library and information science. Here are SUNY universities offering such degrees:

Reference & Instruction Librarian

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Joyce A. Miller
Above: Joyce on college's 2017 trip to Ecuador, with live volcano Cotopaxi.
Distinguished Professor of Library Science.
Reference & Instruction Librarian.
Liaison to Business, Science, International Education, Humanities, Online Learning.
Library Website Manager.
SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Road Queensbury NY 12804
(Please call me Joyce, or Prof. Miller.)