Chief Librarian

Head Librarian

Minimum Bachelors degree in Library Science

Minimum experience of 3 years in relevant field

The tasks a Chief Librarian is expected to perform include:

Planning and administering the programme of library services

Submitting recommendations on library policies to governing bodies like the board of directors or board of trustees

Ensuring the implementation of policy decisions

Executing recommendations and giving the report of the same to the department chiefs or branch supervisors

Co-ordinating the activities of branch or departmental libraries

Analysing and co-ordinating the departmental budget

Estimating and controlling the expenditures to administer approved budget

Reviewing and evaluating the orders for books and audio-visual materials

Examining the trade publication materials and interviewing publishers' representatives

Consulting with others to select materials by administering the personnel regulations

Interviewing and appointing the job applicants and also promoting and discharging library employees

Planning and conducting staff meetings

Participating in community and professional meetings to discuss and act on library problems

Delivering book reviews and lectures, to publicise library activities and services

Providing library public relation services

Examining and selecting materials to be discarded, repaired or replaced

In-depth knowledge of computer filing system

Ability to maintain records

Proficient in library management system

Proficient in analysing the users needs and providing them with all the information that they need

Skilled in showing the users how to efficiently search for information on the Internet and in other online resources

Ability to select and purchase materials and preparing these materials by classifying them according to subject matter

Proficient in collecting and organising the books, pamphlets, manuscripts and other materials

Knowledge of all the specific field, such as rare books, genealogy, music, etc. in which the books can be classified

Proficient in co-ordinating the programs such as storytelling for children, book talks for adults, etc.

Masters in Library Science

Possess leadership skills


Good interpersonal skills

Good organisational skills

Excellent communication skills

It is not a desk job

The candidate needs to supervise a team of Library Workers

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Libraries are usually open for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from library to library

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc. if not taken care of

For experienced candidates - INR 8,000 to INR 25,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Education Industry in India

According to a report by IBEF, India is an important educational centre in the global education industry. This is because the country has more than 1.4 million schools and more than 35,000 higher education institutes. Also, the vocational education and training is fast emerging as an important area of focus in India. According to data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the total amount of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) inflow into the education sector in India stood at US$ 1,071.5 million from April 2000 to January 2015.

Under the new educational policy by the Government of India, a lot of initiatives are being adopted to boost the growth of distance education market, besides focussing on new education techniques, such as E-learning and M-learning. Furthermore, with online modes of education being used by several educational organisations, the higher education sector in India is set for some major changes and developments in the years to come. Considering all this it is safe to say that there is demand for a Chief Librarian in the present and it will be there in the future as well.

Public/government libraries

Universities/colleges/schools and other academic institutions

News agencies

Private organisations and special libraries

Foreign embassies

Photo/film/radio/television libraries

Information centres/documentation centres

Companies and organisations with large information handling requirements

Museums and galleries, which have reading rooms and research facilities

Cities and towns across India