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

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Bruder’s team and the librarians held five workshops to gather input on which books, which computers, and which periodicals were needed. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Young adult architecture," 24 May 2018 The national conference of librarians is one of the largest annual gatherings of people who read, buy and recommend books. Michael Schaub,, "Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at a national book conference in June," 8 May 2018 When librarians asked participants how many were habitual painters or hobbyists, no one raised their hands. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 Franklin said Burton Barr librarians realized the program was successful at other locations and wanted to bring it downtown. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Sneak peek: Renovated Burton Barr library set to reopen after flood damage," 13 June 2018 Conversation turned to how librarians feel about books and reading. Kaite Mediatore Stover, kansascity, "‘Dear Fahrenheit 451’ inspires book lovers to share the joy of reading | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 So in 1791—about 30 years after Linnaeus' invention—librarians began resorting to cards for their catalogs. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 Additional counselors and librarians are also part of the agreement. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Los Angeles teachers return to classes after reaching deal," 23 Jan. 2019 The deal includes $403 million to be spent through 2022 to add nurses, counselors and librarians at schools and to reduce class size. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Los Angeles Teachers, School District Announce Deal to End Weeklong Strike," 22 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of librarian

1702, in the meaning defined above

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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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