What to Expect
There's more to being a library technician student than sitting around
reading books all day.
Just ask Melanie Brissette. She took library technology at a community
college. "A lot of people seem to think that the people who work in libraries
have lots of free time and get to read books at work, and that is not the
case," she says.
"You need more than a love of books to enter this field. You have to
love organizing things and know how to think."
Brissette says that her teachers were great. She felt like they really
loved the library business. They also sent out the message "that we must do
everything we possibly can to accommodate clients in the library."
Brissette adds that instructors were constantly making students aware
of other job possibilities. "They make sure we are aware of the thousand
and one opportunities for library technicians, e.g. developing a collection
for a cruise line library," she says.
Her favorite class was library issues, where they had guest speakers and
How to Prepare
Keyboarding, English and computer courses in high school are important. Volunteer
work in a high school or elementary school library is also valuable experience.
"Be prepared to do homework and manage your schedule well," says
Brissette. "The professors don't usually remind you of assignments due the
following week. They tell you when they give you the project, what day it's
due and you usually don't hear about it again until the day it is due."