Library technicians assist librarians in the daily duties of helping people locate the reading materials they seek. In addition, library technicians keep the library neat and tidy, as well as help library visitors understand the indexing and filing system of books and research materials.
Library technicians also have the duty of checking books in and out of the library. It will normally be the library technician’s job to inform people of when they need to bring reading materials back to the library and if they have exceeded the cap on how many reference materials and books a person can check out at a given time. Generally, library technicians will aid people who need assistance locating library computers and search the database of books within the library.
Normally, one does not need to have a degree from a university to be a library technician. Depending on one’s geographical location, only a high school diploma may be needed in order to get a job as a library technician. It is important that a library technician has a strong background in computers, as they are a very large part of the job. Having very good interpersonal skills is a plus as well, as library technicians will be interacting with other people on a regular basis.
Library Technician Tasks
Check materials in and out of the circulation process.
Compile records; sort and shelve books; remove or repair damaged books.
Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference.
Replace materials in shelving area or files.