Library Technician at a Glance

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Best States for Library Technician

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Maine 1,070 $30,350 $15
South Dakota 640 $24,170 $12
Wyoming 490 $31,710 $15

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.