Main Topic: Human Geography
Secondary Topic: Places and Regions
Overview: Librarians work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, schools, colleges and universities, museums, government agencies, non-profit organizations, etc. Responsibilities of the librarian include analyzing users' needs to determine what information is appropriate and searching for it, providing the information, teaching users how to find and evaluate information. Sometimes librarians write abstracts and summaries. Librarians also participate in the management and planning of libraries by negotiating contracts for services, materials, and equipment, performing fundraising and preparing budgets. Other tasks may include cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials. Geographic knowledge helps librarians when working with materials related to the geographic information (maps, aerial photos, geospatial data, remote sense images, etc). For example, a librarian might need to create digital map collections and geographic databases. Geographers create and implement tools that assist librarians in doing that, for example, Gazetteer, which is a geographical directory that contains information concerning the geographical makeup, social statistics and physical features of a country, region, or continent. Any geographical knowledge would be useful for this job; however, GIS concepts, skills, and data structures are the most useful.
Geographers at Work: Geographic Information System Specialists, Physical Geographers
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Regional Geography, World Geography
Skills: Cartography and GIS, Geospatial collections.