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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.
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.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not specify medical librarians, but it reported a two percent employment growth for librarians in general for the period from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). While this growth is slower than the average to other professions, the BLS indicates opportunities were likely to improve later in the decade due to the retirement of older librarians.
A Master of library science degree from an American Library Association-accredited school is required.
Licensure is not needed in Connecticut.
Medical Library Association
65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601-7246
Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians