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Library Technicians and Assistants

Library Technicians and Assistants
Quick Facts : Library Technicians and Assistants*
2010 Median Pay$26,330
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012231,500
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change22,100

Library technicians and assistants help librarians with acquiring, preparing and organizing materials. They provide assistance in library operations and handling various tasks needed. Library technicians and assistants are usually supervised by a librarian. Library technicians may have more responsibilities than library assistants, such as administering library programs and overseeing lower-level staff.

What Library Technicians and Assistants Do

  • Loan library materials to patrons and collect returned materials
  • Sort and re-shelve returned books, periodicals, and other materials
  • Organize and maintain library materials
  • Answer patrons' questions and help them find library resources
  • Maintain computer databases used to locate library materials

Work Environment

Library technicians and assistants usually work at desks or computer terminals inside libraries. They also work in the library stacks while cataloguing or shelving books.
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Job Outlook

Employment of library technicians is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020 and 10 percent growth for library assistants.
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The average hourly wage of library technicians was $14.36 and $11.12 for clerical library assistants in May 2010.
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Becoming a Library Technicians and Assistants

Library technicians and assistants have varying levels of education. Some have only high school diplomas, while others have specialized postsecondary degrees. Library technicians are more likely to have to have formal education beyond high school. Most libraries prefer to hire library technicians who have a postsecondary certificate or an associate's degree.
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