Health sciences librarians and health sciences library technicians collect, organize,
evaluate and help others to obtain information. They provide physicians, nurses,
allied health personnel and other health care professionals, administrators, researchers,
students and consumers with information needed for patient care, education, biomedical research and health care administration.
Health sciences librarians:
• select and purchase books, journals, audiovisuals and computer software; license
• organize materials into manageable collections.
• develop and maintain catalogs, which are often computerized.
• set up computerized information networks for institutions.
• develop and manage World Wide Web sites; select quality Web sites for
customized Web pages.
• plan and manage budgets and personnel.
• locate information for health professionals, students, patients and their families,
and the general public.
• instruct individuals on how to use the library and information resources.
• supervise health science library technicians.
Health sciences library technicians:
• assist in organizing the library’s collections and in providing services to users.
• record and index journal issues.
• pay invoices for information resources.
• help students use computers.
• update information on Web sites.
• answer questions at information desks.
Health sciences library personnel may work in academic medical centers, community
hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, research facilities, consumer health libraries,
government agencies, associations and foundations.
Average Salary Range
$32,000 – $50,000 (librarians)
$16,500 – $27,500 (technicians)
Students interested in working in the health sciences library field should select challenging high school courses in science, English, math and computer skills. Health science librarians should have a bachelor’s degree in a life science and a master’s degree from an accredited library and information science school. Many graduate library schools offer special courses or internships in health sciences librarianship. Health sciences library technicians’ education and training requirements vary depending upon the employer. Some community colleges offer two-year educational
programs for library technicians. In some cases on-the-job training and/or additional course work is required.
Medical Library Association
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601-7298
American Library Association
50 E. Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
Special Library Association
331 South Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3501