Will "Librarians" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's quite likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 49% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 65% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2018

Median Annual Wage


or $28.39 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 363 out of 707

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People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

SOC Code: 25-4021

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OF (Highly likely) says
Robots will be able to provide person-specific help on an ongoing basis. Every time patron x accesses the E-Librarian, the e-librarian will call up knowledge base of what the reader has read, their conversations, etc. and the e-librarian will create dialog accordingly. People will feel noticed and cared for, even though it is an illusion...unless someone gets the transcripts or warning words. These robots can work either in brick or click environment. Cheaper and better than a mere human.
May 20, 2020 at 06:35 PM
Samua (Highly likely) says
A robot could do what a librarian does very easily and simply and they can compute things faster than humans
Feb 25, 2020 at 06:27 PM
Concerned libarian (Could go either way) says
These people are necessary for the community education they wont go that soon
Nov 29, 2019 at 01:11 PM
Brandy Whitlock (No chance) says
Helping people find and assess information efficiently isn't something AI will be able to do in the next two decades.
Aug 11, 2019 at 04:08 AM
Steve Brantley (Small chance) says
Natural language algorithms cannot interpret or parse human speech in a way that effectively retrieves information relevant to the query.
May 22, 2019 at 09:18 PM
Bleharhsp Shnlap says
Yeah but we have google so librarians are pretty outdated anyways...
May 03, 2020 at 08:27 AM

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