Librarian Resume Examples and Templates for 2023

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Librarian Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Entry-level Entry-level
  • Mid-career Mid-career
  • Senior-level Senior-level

Lois Valdez
(123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | 456 Main Road, Houston, TX 21098


Enthusiastic School Librarian with a talent for planning and delivering literature education activities. Skilled at training and orienting new library staff while creating a dynamic, purposeful learning atmosphere. Offer specialized knowledge of IT and digital resource systems management.

Key Skills

  • Information technology and databasing
  • Budget management
  • Resource selection
  • Teaching research and comprehension skills
  • Staff training and performance management
  • Collaborating with partner schools and outside organizations

Professional Experience

School Librarian, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, TX
September 2019 – Present

  • Collaborate with library departments at partner schools to ensure a comprehensive resource collection and arrange inter-school material loans
  • Manage library budget and select high-quality, appropriate, and varied print and digital resources
  • Maintain organized cataloging and circulation systems and keep accurate inventory records
  • Supervise students’ library use and provide assistance and reading advice as necessary
  • Promote reading and literature through extra-curricular activities, including book groups, incentive schemes, and study skills sessions

Sales Associate, UHD Bookstore, Houston, TX
September 2017 – August 2019

  • Cultivated a thorough knowledge of classic and modern literature and used expertise to recommend suitable texts
  • Maintained a tidy and attractive store environment and well-organized shelving system
  • Responded promptly to customer queries in person and via phone and email


Master of Science in School Library and Information Science
University Of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, TX | June 2019

Bachelor of Arts in Literature
University of Houston, Houston, TX | June 2017


  • School Librarian Standard Certificate | 2019

Fallon Easton
(678) 901-2345 | [email protected] | 432 Main Road, Tallahassee, FL 65432


Knowledgeable Academic Librarian with 6+ years’ experience managing resources in a thriving university library. Confident leader with a strong record motivating talent and providing meaningful training opportunities. Work closely with colleagues to ensure a comprehensive resource selection for students.

Professional Experience

Librarian, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL | September 2014 – Present

  • Collaborate with academic staff to select and purchase a broad range of materials to complement the course curricula
  • Adapt library resources and environment to meet the needs of a diverse student body and ensure equal access. Recently developed a research suite for students with visual impairments
  • Conduct promotional activities and events to encourage students to take advantage of library resources, increased footfall by 21% in 2020
  • Source, purchase, and catalog print and digital materials
  • Oversee the departmental budget
  • Manage and deploy the library team and conduct performance reviews, target setting, and professional development programs

Library Page, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL | September 2012 – September 2014

  • Organized and shelved books and other printed resources and performed regular inspections of the shelving units
  • Assisted with student orientation and provide advice and support with resource location
  • Processed book loans and returns and administered fines in line with college policies


Master of Science in Library Science
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL | June 2014

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL | June 2012

Scott Milne
(321) 098-7654 | [email protected] | 432 My Street, Augusta, ME 21098


Seasoned School Librarian with 10+ years’ experience selecting and managing varied collections, including digital resource databases. Dedicated to teaching and promoting a culture of reading and literature appreciation among students. Extensive knowledge of disability adaptations, with a proven record of ensuring equal access for students with barriers to learning.

Professional Experience

School Librarian, Augusta School Department, Augusta, ME | September 2014 – Present

  • Select, purchase, and catalog diverse materials, including literature, reference books, publications, and digital resources
  • Provide student orientation services and offer guidance on using databases to locate resources
  • Plan and run events and activities that foster a love of books and reading skills, including author talks, reading circles, and remedial comprehension classes
  • Manage department budget
  • Oversee staff training and performance management

School Librarian, Portland Public Schools, Portland ME | September 2010 – August 2014

  • Selected stock to reflect the cultures, educational needs, and ages of students in collaboration with librarians from other schools
  • Ensured appealing and orderly organization of materials and created rotating displays to reflect the educational role of the library and mark significant events
  • Managed the schools ICT suite and provided student training to allow them to access the library’s digital resource archives
  • Adapted the library environment and resources to make them accessible to students with special educational needs


Master of Science in Library and Information Science
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC | June 2010

Bachelor of Arts in English
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME | June 2008

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Librarian Resumes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for librarians and library media specialists are projected to grow by 5% from 2019 to 2029. Between job growth and the need to replace workers who retire or change industries, it’s expected that there will be an average of 13,800 job openings each year over the next decade. While library technicians may experience a decline in job availability, communities and parents turning to libraries for services and activities will increase the need for skilled librarians.

Highlighting relevant key skills and action verbs can help you grab the attention of the hiring manager and applicant tracking system (ATS). The ATS scans and evaluates each resume based on keywords and phrases that the hiring manager is looking for, and high-scoring resumes are forwarded to the hiring manager for further review. This means the more relevant skill words you include in your resume, the greater the chance that a hiring manager will see it and arrange an interview.

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Acquisitions Analytical thinking
Cataloging Circulation procedures
Classification criteria Collection management
Communication Compliance
Curriculum development Data entry
Dewey Decimal Classification Digital
Fee payment processing Interlibrary loans
Interpersonal skills Labeling
Lucidea Integrated Library Systems Planning events
Preservation Research
Strategic planning Teaching
Teamwork Technology
Time management
Action Verbs
Assist Catalog
Circulate Classify
Communicate Label
Loan Manage
Organize Plan
Preserve Process
Research Shelve
Sort Teach

Tips for Writing a Better Librarian Resume

Highlight your librarian education

Employers generally look for librarians with a master’s degree in library science. Additionally, librarians in certain sectors may need other degrees. For example, school librarians may need teaching certification, and law librarians often need a law degree. Use your education section to list your degrees and highlight coursework, projects, and experience relevant to the position you’re seeking.

Master of Library & Information Science, University of Washington, Seattle, WA | June 2019 Relevant Coursework

  • Youth & Child Homelessness: The Role of Libraries
  • Grant-Writing Workshop
  • Advanced Data Curation

Master of Education, School of Library Media, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA | June 2017

Relevant Coursework

  • Integrating Technology for Teaching & Learning in the School Library Media Program
  • Global Learning & Collaboration with Technology
  • Literacy, Development & Practices in the Digital Age

Emphasize your digital information skills

Increasingly, information is found in digital form, and librarians must engage seamlessly with technology and digital sources. Some digital skills are straightforward, such as using catalogs, updating patron records, and checking out books. But librarians also have to understand more complex areas such as digital research and information ownership. For any job you’re applying to, take a close look at the required digital skills. Are there any you possess but haven’t featured on your resume? If so, be sure to add those.


  • Managed digital resources including online research journals. Collected usage statistics, allowing the library to better allocate resources
  • Helped patrons use digital library resources, and conducted training sessions with senior patrons to help them use computers and smart devices

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Companies need to look at a lot of applicants to find a person with the right mix of skills and experience to fit their needs. Most use a job description to define those needs. Including experience that mirrors what’s in the job description can help you grab the attention of the hiring manager.

If you’re not sure what to include, start with the requirements listed first in the job description or mentioned multiple times. Those are generally the most important attributes. Make sure your resume details how you can deliver on these requirements by listing your notable accomplishments. If your resume seems like it was copied and pasted for multiple applications, it may be overlooked, so avoid any generic statements.

Example Librarian Job Description

McLellan County Public Library is seeking an experienced librarian to join our team. Your responsibilities will include cataloging library resources, maintaining records, and assisting patrons. We have an extensive collection of digitized local history records and are looking for someone with strong computer skills and extensive knowledge of library database systems to help manage them. A large part of the job involves interacting with the local community, and the ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, along with excellent communication and organizational skills


  • Collect and catalog library resources
  • Assist patrons in identifying materials for research and leisure, including books, movies, and magazines
  • Maintain library records
  • Teach patrons to search for information using library databases
  • Help patrons check out materials using self-service facilities
  • Organize community reading events, such as author signings and book sales
  • Digitize local history records and update databases to reflect new information
  • Ensure library meets the needs of specific groups of users, including local historians and disabled patrons


  • Master’s degree in library sciences
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a public library
  • Extensive knowledge of digitized records and library databases
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Proficiency in cataloging

The job description shows that the ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Cataloging
  • Digital records
  • Local history records
  • Library databases
  • Maintain records
  • Assist patrons

Take the attributes that you listed from the job description, and make sure your resume includes examples of how you meet these key priorities. See below for an example how best to include the information in your resume:

Librarian Work Experience Example

Librarian, Cristo Public Library

April 2015 – Present

  • Catalog books and maintain library records of patrons and library resources
  • Assist patrons with searching library databases and digital records
  • Digitize local history records and assist patrons with finding information relating to town history
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills to actively listen to the needs of patrons, teach patrons about library resources and policies, and work with a team to build the reputation and resources of the library