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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The intent was to help people identify dangerous wallpaper in their homes, not to poison librarians. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Three poisonous books were found in University of Southern Denmark’s library," 10 July 2018 At the equestrian club outside town where customers once received free horse rides for selling their dollars, Fahrettin, a university librarian, complains about the increasing prices of foreign science textbooks. The Economist, "Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan," 14 June 2018 Martinez and Timmons had questions for the librarians. Kaite Mediatore Stover, kansascity, "‘Dear Fahrenheit 451’ inspires book lovers to share the joy of reading | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 Neighboring libraries promote hands-on learning as well, their librarians say. Pioneer Press,, "Tomes aren't the only offerings at local public libraries: Officials," 4 May 2018 Your librarians are wonderful sources of information. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Letter from Barbara Bush hangs at Town Hall Library in North Lake," 25 Apr. 2018 His mother was an English teacher and librarian in Mount Pleasant, Miss. Holland’s high school graduating class had about 35 people. Washington Post, "He loved ‘Black Panther’ comics as a kid. Then Marvel asked him to write a novel for the movie.," 7 Mar. 2018 The town has come a long way since 1923 when its first librarian, Pearl Wade, managed a collection of 500 books stashed in wooden crates in a corner of a downtown bank. Richard Greene, star-telegram, "Arlington is home to nation's newest library," 16 June 2018 After a slow decline, Casanova ultimately ended up as a librarian in the Czech city of Duchcov. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Casanova Is Getting a Museum," 19 Mar. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of librarian

: a person in charge of a library

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