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This site includes links to websites that have library job listings for: academic libraries, archives, government libraries (state and federal), and public libraries. Links to specific library websites are listed, too.

Academic Libraries

Academic libraries are libraries within a degree-granting institution such as a college or university.
Academic libraries are identified by the post-secondary institution of which they are a part and provide all of the following:
(Information from National Center for Education Statistics) Some universities will have several libraries that have collections of materials about a specific subject or field of study. For example, a campus that has law library would be used by law students, and its collection devoted to housing law related materials.


Archives can contain historical information about a person, organization, group, etc. The historical information can be in the form of documents (reports, legal documents, correspondence, notes, audio (cassette tapes, vinyl records, cds, laser disc, etc), visual media (dvds, vhs tapes, microfilm, negatives, etc.), photographs, albums, scrapbooks, and anything else vital to the record of someones research, life, or accomplishments. These items are usually donated to a local university archives (For example, if someone was faculty the school might have their research documents in the university archive.), museum, government agency, etc.

Government Libraries

"State libraries
: These agencies plan, coordinate and promote library services for the state's citizens. They study and report on the status of library usage in the state, manage the distribution of federal government funding for libraries, and may provide continuing education for librarians. Their responsibilities may include:
  • Operating the primary research library for the state
  • Collecting and preserving materials about the state and its history
  • Providing statewide electronic access to library materials housed in the state's libraries
  • Acting as the state's publisher or distributor of official records and periodicals
  • Maintaining and circulating special collections, such as "Talking Books" for blind and physically impaired citizens or e-books
  • Providing telephone or online reference services
  • Operating literacy or reading programs
Law or supreme court libraries: State law libraries provide judges, legislators, lawyers and citizens access to the state and national legal documents and other materials needed for the work of the judiciary. These might include supreme court briefs, attorney general opinions, cases, statutes, regulations, legal periodicals and reports, audio and video transcripts of continuing legal education seminars, and reference works.

Legislative reference libraries: These libraries provide legislators and the public with background resources on bills under consideration and archival material.

Virtual or electronic libraries: These virtual libraries facilitate citizen access to collections of library materials held in the state library, local libraries and library catalogs throughout the state, and to other online resources, including librarian-designed guides to the Internet. They often contain indexes for newspapers and magazines and many other consumer, business and literary databases. Some provide access to the holdings of academic, school and special libraries as well as public libraries.

Access to other libraries may be incorporated in the websites of the state departments that operate them. (To find these, please refer to the listings of departments on the State pages of State and Local Government on the Net.) For example, a state department of transportation or education might operate a specialized library of its own, primarily to serve department staff, or a state historical society might archive and make available to researchers books, periodicals and other materials that document a state's history."
Information from State and Local Government on the Net

Public Libraries
A public library provides access to materials to the public. Members of the public are able to check out materials such as books, cd, dvd's, books on tape, etc. Public libraries contain more popular libraries, and are not geared toward hardcore research. A public library's collection goal is to entertain its patronage, and promote literacy within its community. The public library is used by children to do research for homwork assignments or science projects. Programming is offered and is usually tailored for the community. For example, if the community is composed of individuals who speak English as a Second Language. Then ESL courses might be offered to help people in the community learn English. 

Created by Reina Williams 2009