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[lahy-brair-ee-uh n]
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  1. a person trained in library science and engaged in library service.
  2. a person in charge of a library, especially the chief administrative officer of a library.
  3. a person who is in charge of any specialized body of literature, as a collection of musical scores.
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Origin of librarian

First recorded in 1660–70; libr(ary) + -arian
Related formssub·li·brar·i·an, noun
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  1. a person in charge of or assisting in a library
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Word Origin and History for librarian


"custodian of a library," 1713; see library + -an. Earlier form was library-keeper (1640s), and librarian was used earlier in a sense "scribe" (1660s).

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