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Library Technician
Library technicians help librarians acquire, prepare, and organize materials and help users to find those materials.
The Job
Library technicians direct library users to standard references, organize and maintain periodicals, prepare volumes for binding, handle interlibrary loan requests, prepare invoices, perform routine cataloguing and coding of library materials, retrieve information from computer databases, and supervise support staff.
Work Environment
Library technicians who prepare library materials sit at desks or computer terminals for long periods and can develop headaches or eyestrain.
College Majors
certificate or associate degree or have high school diploma.
Minimum Qualifications
Training requirements for library technicians vary widely, ranging from a high school diploma to specialized postsecondary training.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Knowledge of databases, library automation systems, online library systems, online public access systems, and circulation systems is particularly valuable.
Quick Facts
  • Increasing use of electronic resources enables library technicians to perform tasks once done by librarians.
  • Training requirements range from a high school diploma to an associate degree, but computer skills are necessary for all workers.
  • Employment should grow more rapidly in special libraries because increasing numbers of professionals and other workers use those libraries.
  • Opportunities will be best for those with specialized postsecondary library training.
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly wages of library technicians in May 2008 were $13.86. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.55 and $17.77. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.23, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $22.01.
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