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Libraries and information management

About this sector

You can read information about role responsibilities, salary, working hours, what to expect, qualifications, skills, work experience, career prospects and related roles on the following Prospects Job Profiles:

 

You might also see other job profiles of interest in the Information, research and analysis profiles page (which gives links to the 26 profiles in the sector).

 

The UK library and information association (CILIP) also has a list of job roles.

 

How to gain experience/internships

During your studies it is worthwhile gaining library experience which will provide an insight into the work - this might be paid or for a short period of work shadowing. Bear in mind that securing paid work in the sector during university can be difficult and it is much more likely that you will end up working voluntarily and purely for the experience.

The National Archives website lists archives in the UK and beyond, along with contact details.

The Archives and Records Association has a downloadable list of voluntary and paid placements for graduates seeking work experience prior to the Diploma/MA in Archives and/or Records Management. This page also offers advice on how to find placements and offers applicants the chance to contact the archives team for more guidance.

 

How to get a (graduate) job

Library and information management opportunities are widely advertised via relevant websites and the media. These are highly competitive, especially entry-level positions.

Job search websites

 

Recruitment agencies

 

Relevant postgraduate study

Most library and information management staff will attain a professional qualification in order to enhance their prospects and to progress upwards in the library hierarchy. Though a postgraduate qualification isn’t strictly essential for some roles, applicants with a relevant Masters or PhD may be looked upon favourably. A relevant postgraduate qualification is usually essential for securing a librarian position. Competition for postgraduate qualifications can be tough and demanding - they may require an excellent first degree and an amount of relevant experience before even considering your application.

 

Key UK links and resources

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Professional Bodies, Trade Organisations & background information

 

International resources

Vault

The USA job market and recruitment timetables, for both internships and graduate jobs, for sectors of employment often differ from the UK.

The Careers Centre subscribes to the reputable independent USA careers information and vacancy provider Vault. The links below will take you directly to Vault subscription resources which cover this sector. You may find further useful and relevant resources linked from there as well.