What does a librarian do, exactly?

This has been a question my family has been asking me for quite some time now.  And frankly, I am not sure what to tell them.  Through my first semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s MLS program, I have found that librarians do EVERYTHING.

It seems that our work is never done.  It could be anything from showing someone where the bathroom is, to creating an entire presentation for a panel discussion for a conference 5,000 miles away.  The job itself is so diverse that I cannot really pin-point what a librarian does “exactly.”

It is for that reason that I am very excited to get into the field for the simple fact that I like the idea of free information sharing, teaching people how to do research, and for my own personal growth.  So, I welcome you to my adventures through library school as I manage juggling work, raising my daughter, and [eventually] receiving my MLS to embark on my career in academic librarianship.


  1. Great first post. I am looking forward to following your library school experiences here! 🙂 Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help! ❤ erin


  2. Awesome Amy. I read a book in library school about information professionals. I can’t remember the name, but one part of it described general characteristics of librarians. I was surprised that I shared a lot of them – including being interested in EVERYTHING. Librarians are usually generalists – partly of necessity, but also it seems we enjoy it too. I’ll see if I can find the book or remember the title.


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