Below is a sample of what is often required for library assistant and technician job positions. More discussion about degree requirements is available in the next section.
Requirements vary greatly and may include:
- High school degree
- Library technician certificate or associate's degree
- Ability to communicate clearly with patrons, co-workers and supervisors
- Ability to follow library policies and procedures, especially as relate to issuing library cards, checking out items, collecting fines and fees, and processing new materials
- Ability to count change and handle money
- Ability to work with computer applications; most library assistants will use the library's computer system to manage library card holder records, or add new items to the online catalog
- Ability to work with and troubleshoot office machines, such as copiers
- Generally previous experience is not required, although preference may be given to people who are already somewhat familiar with a library environment, such as a page
- Library assistants who excel in their area of work may make excellent candidates for a managerial position, such as a circulation manager or head of circulation. In public libraries, it is not unusual for a similar career path in the cataloging or "technical services" area.
- Library assistants who complete a four-year undergraduate degree in any field are excellent candidates to consider becoming a librarian.
Read more about it:
U.S. Department of Labor—Library Technicians and Assistants
The job descriptions for library technicians and assistants.
Support Staff Positions in Libraries
The ALA listing of the myriad support staff opportunities in libraries.
- Library Assistants and Technicians
- Library Managers
- Library Directors
- Other Professionals (human resources, accounting, network administrators, facilities managers, etc.)
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