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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: Circulation Clerk, Library Aide, Library Assistant, Library Associate, Library Clerk, Library Media Technician, Library Specialist, Library Technical Assistant (LTA), Library Technician, Page Technician

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  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

  • Reserve, circulate, renew, and discharge books and other materials. 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.
  • 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.
  • Deliver and retrieve items throughout the library by hand or using pushcart. 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.
  • 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.
  • Enter and update patrons' records on computers. 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.
  • Compile and maintain records relating to circulation, materials, and equipment. 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.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot problems with library equipment, including computers, photocopiers, and audio-visual 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.
  • Collect fines and respond to complaints about fines. 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.
  • Conduct reference searches, using printed materials and in-house and online databases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile data and create statistical reports on library usage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design posters and special displays to promote use of library facilities or specific reading programs at libraries. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Issue identification cards to borrowers. 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.
  • Process interlibrary loans for patrons. 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.
  • Send out notices about lost or overdue books. 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.
  • Verify bibliographical data for materials, including author, title, publisher, publication date, and edition. 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.
  • Organize and maintain periodicals and reference materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Claim missing issues of periodicals and journals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compose explanatory summaries of contents of books and other reference materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design, customize, and maintain databases, web pages, and local area networks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sort and deliver library mail and packages. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software — Ex Libris Group Aleph; Inmagic TextWorks; Microsoft Access Hot technology ; National Library of Medicine Medline (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Microsoft Publisher See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology 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 Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — HandyFile Find and Replace Text Aid Kit; Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 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.
  • 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.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. 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

  • 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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 General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. 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.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Process library materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide information to the general public. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Help patrons use library or archival resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records. 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.
  • Assist other educational professionals with projects or research. 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.
  • Maintain computer equipment or software. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct activities of subordinates. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Search information sources to find specific data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train staff members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organize informational materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop instructional materials. 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.
  • Develop library or archival databases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Deliver items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with others to conduct or arrange operational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate audiovisual equipment. 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

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 96% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 48% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 44% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 51% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 42% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 43% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 37% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 39% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 39% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 35% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 46% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 37% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 31% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 38% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 25% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
30   Bachelor's degree
28   Associate's degree
17   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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

  • 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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others 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 (2018) $16.37 hourly, $34,040 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2018) 95,000 employees
Projected growth (2018-2028) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2018-2028) 14,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2018)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2018-2028 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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