cy·​brar·​ian sī-ˈbrer-ē-ən How to pronounce cybrarian (audio)
: a person whose job is to find, collect, and manage information that is available on the World Wide Web

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We've been using librarian for the people who manage libraries since at least the beginning of the 18th century, and the word was used for scribes and copyists even earlier than that. Cybrarian, on the other hand, is much newer; its earliest documented use is from 1992. Librarian combines library (itself from liber, the Latin word for book) and the noun suffix -an, meaning "one specializing in." When people wanted a word for a person who performed duties similar to those of a librarian by using information from the Internet, they went a step further and combined cyber-, meaning "of, relating to, or involving computers or a computer network," with librarian to produce the new cybrarian.

Examples of cybrarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sheela Bhatia, Gilbert Classical Academy's cybrarian who is of Indian descent, said Dedakiya sent an email to a number of staff at her school about the fundraiser. Nienke Onneweer, The Arizona Republic, 5 May 2021

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Word History


blend of cyber- and librarian

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cybrarian was in 1991


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“Cybrarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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