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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Not a teacher or a librarian or a computer whiz, but a gambler used to calculating the odds and playing all angles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why James Holzhauer’s long ‘Jeopardy!’ winning streak lost me," 6 June 2019 Holzhauer typically had no problem with either the buzzer or knowing the answers, though he was bested on the episode broadcast Monday by Emma Boettcher, a University of Chicago librarian who won by nearly $22,000. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "‘Jeopardy’ pledges to take ‘appropriate’ actions after leak of James Holzhauer’s loss," 4 June 2019 Once the reserve of 1950s librarians, the classic look has been having a moment lately. Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has the Sweetest (and Most Unlikely) New Shoe for a Sexy Minidress," 18 Apr. 2019 Growing up in the Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle, Paul and his father Kenneth, a librarian at the University of Washington, attended Husky football games together, but NFL ownership was not on his radar. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Paul Allen was a knight in shining armor for the Seahawks and Seattle," 15 Oct. 2018 Children and teens are charged 10 cents a day up to $3, which librarians said can accumulate easily when parents and children check out stacks of colorful picture books to read together. Yvonne Wenger,, "Baltimore's Pratt Library goes fine free for overdue books," 4 June 2018 Local youth librarians say children's books can be a springboard for exploration and self-expression for kids. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "In a world filled with anxiety, picture books can help parents address children's fears," 2 Apr. 2018 This curriculum will be distributed to all CPL branches for librarians to use for future community programs. Anne Nickoloff,, "Rock Hall teams up with Cleveland Public Library, PNC for music-filled Community Day," 19 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of librarian

1702, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce librarian (audio) \

Kids Definition of librarian

: a person in charge of a library

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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