Film and Video Librarians


Film and Video Librarians


Librarians who oversee a collection of films and videos housed within a library, school, or business are called film and video librarians, or media librarians. They are in charge of researching, reviewing, purchasing, cataloging, and archiving the films and videos in all forms. The scope of the collection is dependent upon the type of institution or business in which they are employed.

Film and video librarians may also plan special viewing events or film discussion groups, or give class lectures. They take into acco...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree



Previous volunteer or part-time work in a library



Business Management


Personality Traits



Salaries for film and video librarians depend on such factors as the location, size, and type of library, the amount of experience the librarian has, and the responsibilities of the position. Librarians had median annual earnings of $59,050 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Ten percent earned less than $34,630, and 10 percent earned $93,050 or more. Librarians working in c...

Work Environment

Film and video librarians employed at schools or public institutions have busy, often varied days. They may research possible new additions to the current collection one day, and teach library staff members how to search for titles using a new online catalog the next. Disruptions are common, as patrons and staff will often turn to the film and video librarian with questions regarding a new docu...


Employment for librarians will grow about 6 percent (as fast as the average for all careers) from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). There will continue to be employment opportunities for film and video librarians as more and more films and videos are released to educate and entertain the public. Demand for librarians in research and special libraries is expected to ...