Acquisitions Librarians


Employment Prospects


The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, the major professional association for acquisitions librarians, has more than 3,200 members. According to the association, 75 percent of its members work in academic libraries and 11 percent in public libraries. The remaining 14 percent work in special libraries and other settings.

Starting Out

To break into this career, turn to library association Web sites or publications for job listings and recruiters. The ALA job Web site,, for example, offers links to employment opportunities throughout the country, as posted by different library organizations. It would also be prudent to check with your school's career services office. Many employers work closely with academic institutions, especially if their programs are well regarded. Let your counselor know your area of specialty early on so he or she can help you find an internship or full-time job best suited to your needs.

Advancement Prospects

Acquisitions librarians with experience and advanced degrees may become managers of acquisitions departments or library directors. Others advance laterally by seeking employment at libraries with larger collections or facilities. Some acquisitions librarians become library science educators at the postsecondary level.

Tips for Entry

Attend conferences held by professional associations such as the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services in order to network, pursue continuing education, and learn more about the field.

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