Librarian apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
working towards this role
a graduate training scheme
You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information management accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
You'll need some practical experience, which you can get through an internship during your first degree or by volunteering
at a library.
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.
You could start as a library assistant or data officer with an information service. With experience, you could apply for certification through the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and study for further qualifications while you work.
You could join an employer's graduate training scheme and apply for chartership through the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Librarian apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- administration skills
- knowledge of English language
- the ability to use your initiative
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
Librarian apprenticeships - what you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- managing staff, budgets and statistical returns
- using IT systems to catalogue, classify and index stock
- dealing with counter, phone and email enquiries
- organising IT access and solving user problems
- keeping up to date with new publications and selecting stock
- making sure staff follow Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Copyright laws
- promoting library services through displays, talks and community events like reading clubs
- attending meetings and conferences
You could work at a library, at a school, at a college or at a university.
Career path and progression - Librarian apprenticeships
You could move into a senior job as a manager. Another option is to take responsibility for a specialist service or collection.
If you hold a senior position in your organisation, you could apply for professional registration of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).