What does a Library Technician and Assistant do?
Library technicians and assistants work under the supervision of a librarian assisting them with various duties that are needed to run a library such as helping shelve and organize materials and do administrative and clerical tasks. They also help library patrons find resources.
In larger libraries, they may have a broader range of duties. However, library technicians usually have more responsibilities than a library assistant.
Library technicians and assistants may be employed by university libraries, companies, schools, or public libraries typically on a part-time basis.
How to Become a Library Technician and Assistant
Library technicians usually require a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree in library technology. These programs include coursework in acquisitions, circulation, reference, automated library systems, and cataloging. If a library technician works in a public school they may need to have the same requirements as teacher assistants.
Library assistants may obtain employment with a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training to become knowledgeable about libraries and library resources. It is possible to advance in this occupation to eventually include supervisor and oversee daily library operations, as well as gaining further education to earn a master’s degree in library science to become a librarian.
Job description of a Library Technician and Assistant
The duties of a library technician and assistant include shelving and organizing books and materials and sorting through returned books, periodicals, and other materials and cataloging them. They loan library materials to patrons and register new patrons and issue library cards.
He or she would be able to answer routine questions that a patron may have and help them find and use library resources. They may help plan special programs like story times, used book sales, and outreach programs, and participate in them as well.
Library technicians and assistants answer phones, perform routine clerical tasks, organize files, and maintain computer databases that locate library materials. Their duties may vary depending on the type of library technician and assistant they are such as academic library technician and assistant, school library technician and assistant, public library technician and assistant.
There are also special library technicians and assistants that typically works in libraries in government agencies, museums, corporations, medical centers, or law firms.