Library Technicians

Description

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. Compile records; sort and shelve books or other media; remove or repair damaged books or other media; register patrons; and check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.

Tasks

  • Help patrons find and use library resources, such as reference materials, audiovisual equipment, computers and other electronic resources, and provide technical assistance when needed.
  • Answer routine telephone or in-person reference inquiries, referring patrons to librarians for further assistance, when necessary.
  • Process print and non-print library materials to prepare them for inclusion in library collections.
  • Reserve, circulate, renew, and discharge books and other materials.
  • Catalogue and sort books and other print and non-print materials according to procedure, and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
  • Provide assistance to teachers and students by locating materials and helping to complete special projects.
  • Organize and maintain periodicals and reference materials.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot problems with library equipment including computers, photocopiers, and audiovisual equipment.
  • Deliver and retrieve items throughout the library by hand or using pushcart.
  • Train other staff, volunteers or student assistants, and schedule and supervise their work.
  • Order all print and non-print library materials, checking prices, figuring costs, preparing order slips, and making payments.
  • Process interlibrary loans for patrons.
  • Enter and update patrons' records on computers.
  • Retrieve information from central databases for storage in a library's computer.
  • Prepare volumes for binding.
  • Verify bibliographical data for materials, including author, title, publisher, publication date, and edition.
  • Review subject matter of materials to be classified, and select classification numbers and headings according to classification systems.
  • Issue identification cards to borrowers.
  • Send out notices about lost or overdue books.
  • Collect fines, and respond to complaints about fines.
  • Compile and maintain records relating to circulation, materials, and equipment.
  • Check for damaged library materials such as books, or audiovisual equipment, and provide replacements or make repairs.
  • Collaborate with archivists to arrange for the safe storage of historical records and documents.
  • Claim missing issues of periodicals and journals.
  • Conduct reference searches, using printed materials and in-house and online databases.
  • Take actions to halt disruption of library activities by problem patrons.
  • Plan and conduct children's programs, community outreach programs, and other specialized programs such as library tours.
  • File catalog cards according to system used.
  • Compile data and create statistical reports on library usage.
  • Design, customize, and maintain databases, web pages, and local area networks.
  • Operate and maintain audiovisual equipment such as projectors, tape recorders, and videocassette recorders.
  • Compose explanatory summaries of contents of books and other reference materials.
  • Compile bibliographies and prepare abstracts on subjects of interest to particular organizations or groups.
  • Design posters and special displays to promote use of library facilities or specific reading programs at libraries.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Depth Perception
The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Speed of Limb Movement
The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Reaction Time
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Rate Control
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.

Interests

Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Innovation
Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Accessioner
Acquisitions Technician
Audio-Visual Aide
Bibliographer
Book Shelver
Book Sorter
Bookmobile Driver
Catalog Librarian
Cataloging Technician
Circulation Technician
Classifier
Director of Audio Visual Aids
Information Services Assistant
Interlibrary Loan Assistant (ILL)
Librarian Assistant
Librarian Helper
Library Aide
Library Assistant
Library Associate
Library Clerk
Library Information Technian
Library Monitor
Library Page
Library Services Assistant
Library Specialist
Library Technical Assistant (LTA)
Library Technical Assistant, Cataloging (LTA, Cataloging)
Library Technical Assistant, Serials/Bindery (LTA, Serials/Bindery)
Library Technician
Media Center Assistant
Media Center Specialist
Patron Services Specialist
Stack Attendant
Stacker

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$14.74 hourly, $30,660 annual.
Employment (2008):
100,230 employees