Librarian or Information Professional

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Librarians or information managers collect, organise and manage library resources and information to meet the needs of a wide range of users. They deal with enquiries and help users to find the resources or information that they need.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary depending on:

Library or information professionals working in the public library service or public organisations, such as the NHS, start on around £21,000 to £25,000. With experience, this rises to around £31,000 and those at management level can earn over £38,000.

If working in an academic or research library, the salaries could be higher.


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Getting In

Jobs are likely to be in public libraries or colleges and universities. For job vacancies look on the website as well as individual college and university websites.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professsionals (CILIP)
Tel: 0141 353 5637
Website (2):
Twitter: @CILIPinfo

Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC)
Tel: 0141 202 2999
Twitter: @SLIC1991

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