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

Examples of librarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a celebration of Women’s History Month, with a chance to win free books, and a reference desk to ask librarians questions. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: The Latest," 25 Mar. 2020 North Shore Public Library hosts a live-streamed story time straight from children librarian's Miss Lizzy's dining room table. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus has closed Milwaukee venues, but places like the zoo and the art museum have gone virtual," 24 Mar. 2020 Started more 70 years ago, the publishing convention traditionally draws tens of thousands of editors, authors, agents, booksellers and librarians. Hillel Italie, USA TODAY, "Publishing convention BookExpo in New York postponed to July because of coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Elementary school librarian Gayle Brusk was all smiles while supervising students sorting and packaging the books. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea School District food drive yields much needed family support," 19 Mar. 2020 The year was 1996, and the district employed 139 librarians. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "School librarians have just about disappeared in Michigan amid new technologies, budget cuts," 9 Mar. 2020 The road to success likely runs through university librarians, such as Brundy, who are willing to dedicate some of their tight budgets to testing new arrangements. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "Publishers roll out alternative routes to open access," 9 Mar. 2020 The archivist, who is a historian and a librarian, has the legal duty to certify and publish new amendments to the Constitution. Los Angeles Times, "Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment runs into opposition — from Trump, sure, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg?," 13 Feb. 2020 The slain included the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor and a state senator; a high school track coach; the church sexton; a librarian; and an aspiring poet. CBS News, "Dylann Roof appeals conviction, death sentence in Charleston massacre," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of librarian

1702, in the meaning defined above

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30 Mar 2020

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“Librarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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