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Medical Librarian

– Medical Librarian

To be a successful Medical Librarian you should…

  • Enjoy retrieving, selecting, organizing and disseminating health informationg_medical-librarian
  • Thrive in changing environments
  • Be innovative and creative
  • Have technological aptitude
  • Be people and service oriented
  • Have excellent communication skills

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What will my job be like?

Medical Librarians spend their time finding and organizing health information, assisting patrons, selecting and purchasing books from publishers, cataloguing new material, compiling bibliographies, maintaining databases, planning, managing and budgeting for programs, managing collections, facilities, and staff, publicizing library services, developing and designing digital access and content and evaluating advanced information technologies.


Where could I work?

Medical librarians work in a variety of settings: hospitals, academic medical centers, and clinics; consumer health libraries; research centers and foundations; industries such as biotechnology, insurance, medical equipment, pharmaceutical, and publishing; federal, state, and local government agencies.


What is the average annual salary?

$55,370


What is the future of this career?

According to the Health Career Center, a division of the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA), the employment of medical librarians will increase between three and nine percent in the next decade. Those individuals who have an understanding of computerized library systems will have the advantage when seeking jobs in the profession.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

A Master of library science degree from an American Library Association-accredited school is required.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not needed in Connecticut.


Where can I get more information?

Medical Library Association
65 East Wacker Place,  Suite 1900
Chicago, IL    60601-7246
312-419-9094
www.mlanet.org

Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians
203-852-2793
www.cahsl.org