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25-4031.00 - Library Technicians

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Acquisitions Technician, Assistant Librarian, Library Aide, Library Assistant, Library Associate, Library Clerk, Library Specialist, Library Technical Assistant (LTA), Library Technician, Page Technician

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cargo trucks — Bookmobiles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cash registers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Film projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microfiche or microfilm viewers — Microfiche readers; Microfilm readers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microfiche reader printers — Microfilm printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video cassette players or recorders — Video cassette recorders VCR See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Ex Libris Group Aleph; Inmagic TextWorks; Microsoft Access; National Library of Medicine Medline * (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Library software — Online Computer Library Center OCLC; SirsiDynix Symphony; WebClarity Software BookWhere; WorldCat * (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — HandyFile Find and Replace Text Aid Kit; Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Develop instructional materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organize informational materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Help patrons use library or archival resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process library materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop library or archival databases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Search information sources to find specific data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with others to conduct or arrange operational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct activities of subordinates. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train staff members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Classify materials according to standard systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate audiovisual equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect materials or equipment to determine need for repair or replacement. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide information to the general public. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain computer equipment or software. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist other educational professionals with projects or research. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 91% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 76% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 19% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 20% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 62% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 11% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 16% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 11% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 64% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 14% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Degree of Automation — 78% responded “Highly automated.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 16% responded “Not serious at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 19% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 15% responded “Less than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 13% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 13% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: CSE

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $15.23 hourly, $31,680 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 106,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 66,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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