Film and Video Librarians


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Take classes in English, history, science, foreign languages, art, computer science, and mathematics to prepare for this career. Classes that require you to write numerous research papers will give you good experience in writing and utilizing different library resources. Film and video librarians will often give class lectures or hold discussion groups. If you dread speaking in front of a small group, consider taking a speech class or join the debate team to hone your verbal communication skills.

You should also take film classes or perhaps join a photography club. Such activities will give you familiarity with films outside of the mainstream and experience with different equipment.

Postsecondary Training

The direction you take in college depends largely on where you would like to work. Many librarians working in a school setting hold an education degree with a specialization in media or information studies. Most, if not all, librarians working in college, corporate, or public libraries have a master's degree in library science (M.L.S.) or a master's degree in information systems (M.I.S.). It is important to have earned an M.L.S. or M.I.S. from a program that is accredited by the American Library Association. Most programs last from one to two years, with some schools offering off-site study opportunities. Many film and video librarians have a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and/or extensive experience in film.

Other Education or Training

Many librarians rely on annual conferences and continuing education classes to advance their knowledge. The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, for example, offers a variety of online courses. Recent offerings included Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions and Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management. The association also offers seminars and workshops at its annual conference. Other organizations that provide continuing education opportunities include the American Library Association, Association for Information Science and Technology, Special Libraries Association, and the Canadian Library Association.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Certification and licensing requirements vary by state, county, and local government. Contact the school board in the area in which you plan to work for more information. If you work in a public elementary or secondary school, you will often be required to earn teacher's certification and a master's degree in education in addition to preparation as a librarian.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Experience as a volunteer or in a part-time job in a library will be helpful for aspiring film and video librarians.

Film and video librarians must, first and foremost, have a love of film and video, and be willing to continue to learn about new technology throughout their careers. They must also have strong organizational skills, an attentiveness to detail, and the ability to interact well with coworkers and library patrons.