In Summary - Information Officer
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The Work - Information Officer
Information Officers are not unlike librarians. They handle information in a variety of media, books, journals, newspapers, leaflets, video, audio cassettes, microfiche, multimedia, CDs, computer databases, etc. Their responsibilities include:
- being aware for new publications and materials and deciding what to add to the library
- cataloguing, classifying and indexing new material to make it available to library users
- helping people to access the information
identifying, selecting, ordering and managing both hard copy and electronic resources for the organisations current and anticipated information needs. This may also include answering queries from an immediate client group and the general public.
Interests - Information Officer
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
As an Information Officer you need to be an out-going person capable of dealing with and communicating with people effectively both written and orally.
You need to possess good research skills and an enquiring mind, an appreciation of the role of information technology and the ability to cope with it, as it is used extensively to record, store and disseminate information.
A high level of literacy is required and an interest in reading is desirable to keep up to date with new information.
You must also be able to market library services and teach users library and information-seeking skills.
You also need to be able to work as part of a team in order to retrieve and communicate information to clients and other team members.
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as you will need to keep yourself informed of latest developments.
Entry Requirements - Information Officer
Pay & Salary - Information Officer
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 22k - 55k
Entrants: 22 - 26
Established: 35 - 55
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.