li·brar·i·an | \lī-ˈbrer-ē-ən, -ˈbre-rē-\

Definition of librarian 

: a specialist in the care or management of a library

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librarianship \lī-ˈbrer-ē-ən-ˌship, -ˈbre-rē- \ noun

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By the early 2000s, these shadow librarians had digitized much of the highest-value Russian scientific and literary work. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 But as International Tennis Hall of Fame librarian Meredith Richards told TIME, players have have tested the limits of the sport’s dress code for decades. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Why Wimbledon Players Have to Wear All White," 2 July 2018 Children’s librarians have suggested offering Little House fans the Birchbark series, by American Indian author Louise Erdrich, as either counter-programming or supplementary reading. Constance Grady, Vox, "Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books are beautiful. They are also filled with racism.," 26 June 2018 University librarians like my parents love flying below the radar, omniscient about university curriculum but not bound by classroom teaching, grading, or even regular students. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 Summer school librarian Sarah Peterson recently taught students how to fold the pages of old books into interesting designs. Kimberly Fornek,, "Old books get new life as works of art at Hinsdale South school library," 25 June 2018 Colorado librarian Wyne Cler saw a Facebook post from a friend's friend asking for volunteers to help. Manuel Valdes, Fox News, "Donations, volunteering surge at border asylum-seeker center," 25 June 2018 His father had gone to school with Flaubert and collaborated on a play with Jules Verne, while his maternal uncle, Léon Cahun, was a famous librarian, writer and scholar. Martin Riker, WSJ, "Books Born of Books," 22 June 2018 Class sizes are often too large, teachers and parents have to spend their own money on classroom supplies, and many schools no longer have full-time nurses, librarians, or mental health counselors. John Anderson,, "Should the state lower its sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent?," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of librarian

1702, in the meaning defined above

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library binder

library binding

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The first known use of librarian was in 1702

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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 \

Kids Definition of librarian

: a person in charge of a library

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