Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who is a specialist in library work.
  • n. A person who is responsible for a collection of specialized or technical information or materials, such as musical scores or computer documentation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The keeper, manager of a library
  • n. One who cares for the publications, files etc. in a library, whether staff or volunteer
  • n. A person who processes and organizes information

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who has the care or charge of a library.
  • n. One who copies manuscript books.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who transcribes or copies books.
  • n. The keeper or custodian of a library; one who has charge of the books and other contents of a library.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a professional person trained in library science and engaged in library services

Etymologies

library +‎ -an. First attested around 1710. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those who even have the word "librarian" in their vocabularies often think library staff are only good for pointing to different sections of the stacks.

    Study: College students rarely use librarians' expertise

  • One of the perks of being a librarian is the simple act of helping others.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Perhaps the librarian is a big fan of Duran Duran.

    IsThatLegal?

  • Nance fixes me with what I call her librarian look.

    BAD GIRL CREEK

  • One point that the AL makes that has been echoed through other blogs and listservs is that the term 'guybrarian' offensive: "Apparently the label librarian is actually a feminine noun, instead of librarianship just being a feminized profession.

    Nicole Scherer: Librarians Rarely Make the News

  • Luckily, our librarian is quite vigilant about weeding. songbirdcindi

    Thin is In « Awful Library Books

  • Smith, a former mechanic and self-described “working stiff” turned librarian, is clearly an interested party, but he may have a point.

    Boing Boing

  • Join librarian and Tame the Web blogger Michael Stephens for a discussion of ten technologies to be aware of in now and beyond.

    Reminder: Ten Trends & Technologies for 2009 with Michael Stephens

  • After the week I have had I needed a good laugh ... though I'm reading this at the library and the librarian is looking at me rather sternly!

    I Really Do Try to be a Grown Up - SpouseBUZZ

  • With me behind the counter are three more volunteers preparing pizza and dishing out salad and cookies to the growing line of customers, a cross-section of East Colfax Avenue foot traffic: latter-day flower children, sunburned day laborers, older women in librarian attire, laptop-toting students, professional bums, khaki-wearing businesspeople, vegan-corepunkerkids and the general miscellany of society that never appears in restaurant-industry demographics.

    Worth Your Time: Foodie Edition « Planning the Day

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