I will be starting my library internship next semester and I’m a bit nervous but looking forward to the opportunity of working in a library and putting to practice what I have been taught at COSTAATT from all my lecturers!
WHAT SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT?
Skills, knowledge, and abilities key to success as a Librarian include the following:
- Information Organization – Finding ways to structure or classify multiple pieces of information.
- Information Gathering – Knowing how to find information and identifying essential information.
- Service Orientation – Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
- Category Flexibility – The ability to produce many rules so that each rule tells how to group or combine a set of things in a different way.
- Information Ordering – The ability to correctly follow a given rule or set of rules in order to arrange things or actions in a certain order.
- Instructing – Teaching others how to do something.
WHAT’S THE WORK ENVIRONMENT?
Work schedules for Librarians directly serving the public may be busy, demanding, and even stressful. Answering the information needs of people and teaching them to use library resources can be taxing.
The job may require much standing, stooping, bending, and reaching. Acquisitions and Catalogue Librarians often work all day at desks or computer terminals. Constant work at video display terminals can cause headaches and eyestrain.
Membership in professional associations keeps Librarians aware of the constantly changing array of technology that is reshaping library services.