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Career and Education Opportunities for Librarians in Portland, Maine

If you want to be a librarian, the Portland, Maine area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 870 working librarians in Maine; this should grow 2% to about 890 working librarians in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for librarians are expected to grow by about 7.8%. Librarians generally administer libraries and perform related library services.

Librarians earn about $20 per hour or $43,180 per year on average in Maine and about $25 per hour or $52,530 annually on average nationally. Librarians earn more than people working in the category of Libraries and Museums generally in Maine and more than people in the Libraries and Museums category nationally. People working as librarians can fill a number of jobs, such as: visual education director, instruction librarian, and youth services librarian.

There are twenty-three schools of higher education in the Portland area, including one within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree to start your career as a librarian. Librarians usually hold a Master's degree, so you can expect to spend about six years studying to be a librarian if you already have a high school diploma, or just 2 years if you have a Bachelor's degree.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Librarian

Librarian video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, librarians administer libraries and perform related library services. They also work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, schools, colleges and universities, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers.

Librarians engage in professional development efforts, such as taking continuing education classes and attending or participating in conferences and associations. They also locate unusual or unique data in response to specific requests. Equally important, librarians have to search standard reference materials, including online sources and the Internet, to respond to patrons' reference questions. They are often called upon to analyze patrons' requests to establish needed data, and help in furnishing or locating that data. They are expected to respond to customer complaints, taking action as needed. Finally, librarians evaluate vendor products and performance and place orders.

Every day, librarians are expected to be able to read and understand documents and reports. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for librarians to talk with colleagues and community members and organizations to conduct informational programs, make collection decisions, and decide on library services to offer. They are often called upon to furnish input into the architectural planning of library facilities. They also teach library patrons basic computer skills. They are sometimes expected to inspect and evaluate materials, using book reviews and current holdings, to decide on and order print, audiovisual, and electronic resources. Somewhat less frequently, librarians are also expected to formulate and participate in fundraising drives.

Librarians sometimes are asked to design library policies and procedures. They also have to be able to compile records of books and audiovisual materials on particular subjects and perform public relations work for the library. And finally, they sometimes have to manage interlibrary loans of materials not available in a particular library.

Like many other jobs, librarians must believe in cooperation and coordination and believe in an agile approach to problem solving and deal with change.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Portland include:

  • Archivist. Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
  • Curator. Administer affairs of museum and conduct research programs. Direct instructional, research, and public service activities of institution.
  • Elementary School Teacher. Teach pupils in public or private schools at the elementary level basic academic, social, and other formative skills.
  • Library Information Technian. Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books; remove or repair damaged books; register patrons; check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who operate bookmobiles or light trucks that pull trailers to specific locations on a predetermined schedule and assist with providing services in mobile libraries.
  • Museum Technician. Prepare specimens, such as fossils, skeletal parts, and textiles, for museum collection and exhibits. May restore documents or install, arrange, and exhibit materials.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Librarian Training

University of Maine at Augusta - Augusta, ME

University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Dr, Augusta, ME 04330-9410. University of Maine at Augusta is a small university located in Augusta, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 4,731 students. University of Maine at Augusta has a bachelor's degree program in Library Science/Librarianship which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

LICENSES

Library Media Specialist

Licensing agency: Department of Education
Address: Division of Certification and Placement, Attn: Division Director, 23 State House Station, Augusta Complex, Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Phone: (207) 287-5944
Website: Department of Education Division of Certification and Placement Attn: Division Director

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine
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Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.