Reference or special librarians assist library users with their queries and help them plan or conduct their research.
They are library scientists who have studied the structure of information and methods for its retrieval, and are knowledgeable on a number of traditional, multimedia and on-line information services.
- advise or assist users on how to use resources such as references such as reference books (e.g. bibliographies, encyclopaedias, atlas), catalogues, indexes, CD-ROM databases, on-line information services and the Internet to compile their research
- ensure library users find the correct information from the correct source by asking questions about certain aspects of the information they require
Reference librarians can specialise in certain fields such as children’s departments, non-English languages, businesses or computers.
Companies to work for:
Public and private libraries, universities, information centres and schools, colleges