Library technicians have more responsibilities than library assistants. They assist librarians in cataloguing, classifying, and organizing library materials and help patrons with questions and locate materials. Library technicians are typically responsible for sorting and re-shelving returned books and other library materials, as well as removing or repairing damages materials. General responsibilities of library technicians include:
- Assisting library patrons and answering questions
- Sorting and re-shelving returned library materials
- Supervising pages and other lower-level staff
- Administering library programs
The BLS reports that from 2010 to 2020, job growth for library technicians will be slower than average. In an ongoing effort to cut costs, libraries are relying more on lower-paid technicians and assistants to perform tasks traditionally handled by librarians. Technicians may advance to a supervisor position, but will need to earn a master's degree in order to become a librarian.Read More
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Becoming a Library Technician
Library technicians must have at least a high school diploma, and many have some kind of formal postsecondary education. Some have earned an associate's degree or certificate in library technology. Many schools offer online and on-campus bachelor's degrees in library science, but a bachelor's is not typically required for a job as a library technician. However, if your goal is to become a librarian, you may want to begin by earning an associate's degree.
Library technicians who work in public schools must meet the same state-requirements as teacher assistants. This may include holding a two-year associate's degree and/or passing a state or local assessment exam.
Some classes you may take in an associate's degree in library technology program may include:
- Information Research Methods
- Introduction to Media Technology
- Library Technical Processes
- Library Resources and Services
Library technicians need strong computer skills in order to assist library patrons and utilize library databases to catalogue, search for, and maintain collections. They need a thorough understanding of a library's organizational system. Technicians also need strong interpersonal and leadership skills, since their job requires them to interact with and sometimes supervise other library staff.