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Libraries & Archives: Tips for Applications

Libraries & Archives

Tips for Applying

How to get work in this sector

Useful Skills

    The following skills can be useful in this sector:

    • Teaching and presentation skills
    • Research skills
    • IT skills, particularly with library systems
    • Customer service skills and experience
    • Good team work abilities

    Relevant work or voluntary experience is always useful

    Useful Qualifications


    Here is some advice for applying to work in this sector

    Larger organisations are more likely to have an application form to fill in

    Interviews and Selection Tests


    IT Skills

    This field is often associated with the arts, but a knowledge of technology can be equally important

    Commercial Awareness

    Commercial awareness is important for librarians and information staff in law and finance

    Librarians in the public sector also need it to understand how they can provide return on investment to their employers