NOC 5111 – Librarians



Librarians select, develop, organize and maintain library collections and provide advisory services for users. They are employed in libraries or in a department within a library.

Progression to library management positions is possible with experience.

Main Duties

Librarians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Recommend acquisition of books, periodicals and audio-visual, interactive media and other materials for inclusion in library collection
  • Provide reference services
  • Select, classify, catalogue and weed library materials
  • Prepare bibliographies, indexes, reading lists, guides and other finding aids
  • Develop systems to access library collections
  • Perform manual, on-line and interactive media reference searches to assist users in accessing library materials and arrange for interlibrary loans
  • Develop taxonomies using various information and data sources
  • Provide specialized programs for children, seniors and other groups
  • Conduct library information and orientation training programs and tours
  • Perform related administrative duties and supervise library technicians, assistants and clerks.

Employment Requirements

  • A master’s degree in library science is required.

All Titles

  • art librarian
  • associate librarian
  • automation librarian
  • bibliographer
  • bookmobile librarian
  • cataloguer – library
  • children’s services librarian
  • classifier – library
  • computer search librarian
  • cybrarian
  • database librarian
  • documentation librarian
  • health librarian
  • iconographer
  • information and reference librarian
  • information services librarian
  • law librarian
  • liaison librarian
  • librarian
  • library consultant
  • library co-ordinator
  • library supervisor
  • medical librarian
  • multimedia librarian
  • music librarian
  • music librarian – broadcasting
  • periodicals librarian
  • reference librarian
  • resource sharing and processing librarian
  • scientific librarian
  • supervisor, library
  • technical services librarian
  • unit head librarian


  • Library and public archive technicians (5211)
  • Library curators (See 5112 Conservators and curators)
  • Library directors and managers (See 0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers)
  • School librarians (See 5211 Library and public archive technicians)
  • Teacher-librarian, elementary school (See 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers)
  • Teacher-librarian, high school (See 4031 Secondary school teachers)



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