Job Description

Librarians are information services professionals who help people find the information they need for personal, educational or professional purposes. Librarians may work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, school libraries, specialist and academic libraries, parliamentary libraries and archives.

Careers Ladder


To work as a librarian in Australia, you need to complete an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in library and information studies that has been accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). These programs are usually one to two years full time.

Get started in the industry by completing a VET level qualification such as a Certificate IV in Library and Information Services or a Diploma of Library and Information Services, which will prepare you to work as a Library Technician or Library Assistant.

Complete a Bachelor of Information Studies or alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a Master of Information Management.

Librarians with several years’ experience can move into more specialised roles, such as management and supervision, online services, reference work, children’s services or research.


  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Detail Orientated
  • Educated
  • Friendly
  • Interpersonal
  • Organised
  • People Person
  • Problem Solving
  • Self-Motivator

Key Skills

  • Librarianship
  • Library Services
  • Library Management
  • Information Science
  • Information Services
  • Information Literacy
  • Cataloguing
  • Information Management
  • Information Technology
  • Communications Technology
  • Customer Service

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;