I'm doing research and want to know the meaning of the word: erikoiskirjastonhoitaja. And what makes this profession?

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28.06.2015

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I'm doing research and want to know the meaning of the word: erikoiskirjastonhoitaja. And what makes this profession?

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30.06.2015
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30.06.2015

Basically each library can decide which titles are used for the members of its staff. The title 'erikoiskirjastonhoitaja' is used mostly in public libraries. As far as I know, in Helsinki City Library the title is usually translated into English as 'specialized librarian'.

Just like librarians ('kirjastonhoitaja') and information specialists ('informaatikko'), specialized librarians are required to have a university degree in librarianship. The salary of a specialized librarian is a little higher than that of a librarian and a little lower than that of an information specialist. The middle salary of specialized librarians in Finnish public libraries in October 2013 was 2478 € per month ( http://www.kuntatyonantajat.fi/fi/kunta-tyonantajana/palkat-ammatit-ja-… ). (Cf. librarian 2328 €, information specialist 2628 €).

As the term 'specialized librarian' says, they usually have some special tasks to take care of in addition to the usual work of a librarian. A specialized librarian can e.g. take care of a music department of a library, children's and young people's library services, or any other defined sector of library services. Their tasks vary greatly depending on the library.

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