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The Librarian Specialty Best Suited for Each MBTI Type

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Here are the Library Specialties each MBTI type is likely to be found in based on interviews taken straight out of the MBTI Manual.

ISTJ – Cataloguer.

Enjoys:

  • Deciding exact subject heading and classification of new works.
  • Orderliness of the position.
  • Working uninterruptedly in a quiet space.

ISFJ – Assistant Public Services Manager.

Enjoys:

  • Planning and organizing events with the unofficial title of “project Queen”.
  • Coordinating staffing needs and organizing training programs to meet those needs.
  • Putting out a calendar of events.
  • Bringing both heart and detail to their work.

INFJ – Reference Librarian.

Enjoys:

  • Coming up with creative ways to meet customers needs “I can think of 50 ways to approach their need. I’ll make what I have here relate to their topic and show them how it does.”
  • Seeing the patrons happy.
  • Quiet activities such as paperwork tracking Library statistics.

INTJ – Collections and Acquisitions Head.

Enjoys:

  • Developing and working with policies and procedures and identifying the need for new ones.
  • Reviewing curriculum changes and their impact on the library.
  • Monitoring the budget and moving money around to meet needs through paying attention to the big picture.

ISTP – Automation Specialist.

Enjoys:

  • Keeping up with the latest equipment and Computer Applications.
  • Using technology in their work.
  • Teaching short courses on Computer Applications.

ISFP – Archivist.

Enjoys:

  • Surrounding themselves with rare books and special documentations.
  • Finding just what the patrons need to make them happy.
  • Camaraderie with other staff.

INFP – Small Branch Library Manager.

Enjoys:

  • Forming personal relationships with customers and enjoying their idiosyncrasies.
  • Being part of the community and touching people’s lives.
  • Building collaborations: “I see my library as not having any walls, both literally and figuratively.”

INTP – Acquisitions Specialist.

Enjoys:

  • Analyzing what is needed in the library collection.
  • Building high-quality collection through critiquing materials.
  • Constantly searching for new knowledge.
  • Having a quiet space in which to concentrate deeply.

ESTP – Technology Specialist.

Enjoys:

  • Trying out and then adapting technologies to the library’s needs (as a “techno guinea pig”).
  • Preparing and updating web pages.
  • Teaching others how to use the technologies they have learned.
  • Being away from their desk.

ESFP – Law Librarian.

Enjoys:

  • Their colleagues and the friendships and teamwork they’ve developed.
  • Variety of requests they get; “no two days are alike” and even the “law changes weekly.”
  • Satisfaction of helping those lawyers find the information they need although “at times no answer exists and it’s hard to figure out when to stop!”

ENFP – Children’s Librarian.

Enjoys:

  • Having a variety of duties and loving them all.
  • Having freedom to move from area to area and learning something from each.
  • Being creative such as developing Storytime kits for daycare providers.

ENTP – inter-Library loan Department Head.

Enjoys:

  • Fielding whatever comes to them and seeing what people are wondering about.
  • Determining what piece of the “library puzzle” fits a patrons needs.
  • Having a variety of activities.
  • Being on The “cutting edge” to better help customers.

ESTJ – Library Services Coordinator.

Enjoys:

  • Planning how to provide services, thinking through various approaches and the consequences of decisions.
  • Taking responsibility and efficiently following through.
  • Keeping their technical skills and knowledge up-to-date so they can check the facts quickly.

ESFJ – Distance Learning Librarian.

Enjoys:

  • Traveling on-site to teach others basic library skills including searching special indexes, evaluating information they find, and showing them how to order materials on their own.
  • Helping students find needed resources using a personal touch.
  • Providing whatever support faculty and students need.

ENFJ – Large Branch Library Manager.

Enjoys:

  • Play a variety of roles such as “hostess, mother, social worker, promoter…”
  • Encouraging the process of intellectual development in their patrons.
  • Contributing to their staff’s own personal and professional development is including letting them make mistakes.

Entj – Library Director.

Enjoys:

  • The information and systems aspects of their job: “Library work can be conceptualized as a flow, which can be done poorly or well, efficiently or inefficiently. It’s a series of events to be organized.
  • Making decisions, especially about their own work.
  • Staying on task, they are most bothered by personnel issues.

Source:
Myers, I. B. (2003). Mbti manual: a guide to the development and use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Mountain View, CA: CPP.

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