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Career Details :: 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; remove or repair damaged books; register patrons; check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who operate bookmobiles or light trucks that pull trailers to specific locations on a predetermined schedule and assist with providing services in mobile libraries.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Assists patrons in operating equipment, obtaining library materials and services, and explains use of reference tools.
- Verifies bibliographical data, including author, title, publisher, publication date, and edition on computer terminal.
- Files catalog cards according to system used.
- Designs posters and special displays to promote use of library facilities or specific reading program at library.
- Composes explanatory summaries of contents of books or other reference materials.
- Prepares order slips for materials, follows up on orders, and compiles lists of materials acquired or withdrawn.
- Compiles and maintains records relating to circulation, materials, and equipment.
- Directs activities of library clerks and aides.
- Issues identification card to borrowers and checks materials in and out.
- Reviews subject matter of materials to be classified and selects classification numbers and headings according to classification system.
- Processes print and non-print library materials and classifies and catalogs materials.
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- Credit Checkers
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- Insurance Claims Clerks
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- Office Clerks, General
- Postal Service Clerks
- Receptionists and Information Clerks
- Statement Clerks
General Work Activities
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Performing for/Working With Public
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Information Organization
- Reading Comprehension
- Information Gathering
- Active Listening
- Service Orientation
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Provide a Service to Others
- Coordinate or Lead Others
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate