Library technical assistants have a variety of tasks within libraries, such as unpacking and verifying receipts of books and other incoming materials, putting items where they belong, stamping books with the correct labels to show which library owns them, and placing tags on books. Computer skills are often necessary in this position to catalog books and log their information into a computer so the library may track them and where they belong. These assistants must also be able to label and write bar-codes on AV discs, which must be marked and documented in the same manner as books.
A high school diploma or equivalent is often a minimum requirement for this position, and basic computer skills, independence to work with minimal supervision, and close attention for detail are also necessary to ensure that all books and materials are documented accurately. They may also be responsible for pushing carts around the library to place items on the correct shelves.
Library Technical Assistant Tasks
Compile records, sort and shelve books, and issue and receive library materials such as pictures, cards, slides and microfilm.
Process new materials including books, audiovisual materials, and computer software.
Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title.