In a typical work setting, librarians:
- Have a high level of social interaction with library visitors and staff.
- Communicate by telephone, e-mail, and in person on a daily basis. They also use letters and memos, but less often.
- May on occasion deal with conflict situations in which library patrons may be rude or angry.
- Are responsible for the work done by their staff.
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- Regularly work in a group or as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors.
- Work near others. They share the same work space with other librarians and library patrons.
- Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Accurate records and documentation are important to the smooth operation of a library.
- Make decisions that affect other library workers and library patrons on a weekly basis. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Set nearly all of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a superior first.
- Often repeat the same activities, such as stocking books or answering questions.
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- Abide by strict weekly deadlines.
- May work part time or full time. Most work full time.
- Generally work a set schedule.
- May work evenings and weekends.
- May work ten months per year as a school librarian.