li·​brar·​i·​an | \ lī-ˈbrer-ē-ən How to pronounce librarian (audio) , -ˈbre-rē- \

Definition of librarian

: a specialist in the care or management of a library

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Other Words from librarian

librarianship \ lī-​ˈbrer-​ē-​ən-​ˌship How to pronounce librarian (audio) , -​ˈbre-​rē-​ \ noun

Examples of librarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But she's found a home in the Capitol, where she's spent most of the past three decades after starting as an assistant Senate librarian in 1990. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "For Senate rules arbiter, minimum wage is latest minefield," 23 Feb. 2021 Gershfeld worked as a biologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and spent 20 years as a medical librarian at the National Library of Medicine. Washington Post, "Avid music lover and violist Miriam Gershfeld, 89, dies of covid," 16 Dec. 2020 Growing up, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Marie Claire's spring 2021 cover star, lent out her books to kids in her neighborhood, keeping track of them like a librarian. Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Jonas Shares a Peek at Her London Bookshelf in 'Shelf Portrait'," 25 Jan. 2021 Zulida is a job information resource librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library system. Sydney Walton, CNN, "If you're trying to make sense of the Capitol riot, read these books," 16 Jan. 2021 For the workshop, writers of all skill level, style, and genre are invited to a the Zoom event hosted by Kathleen Balma, a librarian and Pushcart Prize-winning poet and Fulbright Fellow. Gabriel Morley | Contributing Writer,, "Calling all writers: A workshop and a contest are happening at the Orleans Parish Library," 18 Dec. 2020 Offill’s story concerns a librarian and mother who is haunted by a seemingly imminent apocalypse. Washington Post, "50 notable works of fiction in 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 Wednesday’s oct21 program features a conversational interview between an Oceanside librarian and Vallie Gilley of the Oceanside Kitchen Collaborative. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drive Through Celtic Pageant raises money for animal shelter events," 19 Oct. 2020 Vildé, Lewitsky and Yvonne Oddon, the museum librarian and Lewitsky’s lover, now launched a campaign of organized disobedience against the invaders—and against the collaborationist French government. Laura Spinney, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Museum Director Who Defied the Nazis," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of librarian

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Librarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of librarian

: a person who works in a library


li·​brar·​i·​an | \ lī-ˈbrer-ē-ən How to pronounce librarian (audio) \

Kids Definition of librarian

: a person in charge of a library

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