Library Technician  What They Do

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Library Technicians Career Video

Assists 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. Compiles records; sorts and shelves books or other media; removes or repairs damaged books or other media; registers patrons; and checks materials in and out of the circulation process. Replaces materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Professional Support Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Reserves, circulates, renews, and discharges books and other materials.
  • Answers routine telephone or in-person reference inquiries, referring patrons to librarians for further assistance, when necessary.
  • Helps patrons find and use library resources, such as reference materials, audio-visual equipment, computers, and other electronic resources and provides technical assistance when needed.
  • Delivers and retrieves items throughout the library by hand or using pushcart.
  • Processes print and non-print library materials to prepare them for inclusion in library collections.
  • Catalogues and sorts books and other print and non-print materials according to procedure and returns them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
  • Enters and updates patrons' records on computers.
  • Provides assistance to teachers and students by locating materials and helping to complete special projects.
  • Compiles and maintains records relating to circulation, materials, and equipment.
  • Takes actions to halt disruption of library activities by problem patrons.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Circulation Clerk -- Organizes library materials that are checked in from patrons and delivered from vendors.
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  • Library Assistant --
  • Library Associate --
  • Library Clerk --
  • Library Media Technician --
  • Library Specialist --
  • Library Technical Assistant (LTA) --
  • Page Technician --