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Career Details :: Library Assistants, Clerical
Compile records, sort and shelve books, and issue and receive library materials such as pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Maintains records of items received, stored, issued, and returned and files catalog cards according to system used.
- Selects substitute titles, following criteria, such as age, education, and interest, when requested materials are unavailable.
- Classifies and catalogs items according to contents and purpose.
- Issues books to patrons and records or scans information on borrower's card.
- Drives bookmobile to specified locations following library services schedule and to garage for preventive maintenance and repairs.
- Answers routine inquiries and refers patrons who need professional assistance to librarian.
- Repairs books, using mending tape and paste and brush, and places plastic covers on new books.
- Issues borrower's identification card according to established procedures.
- Reviews records, such as microfilm and issue cards, to determine title of overdue materials and to identify borrower.
- Locates library materials for patrons, such as books, periodicals, tape cassettes, Braille volumes, and pictures.
- Operates and maintains audio/visual equipment and explains use of reference equipment to patrons.
- Sorts books, publications, and other items according to procedure and returns them to shelves, files, or other designated storage area.
- Prepares address labels for books to be mailed, overdue notices, and duty schedules, using computer or typewriter.
- Prepares, stores, and retrieves classification and catalog information, lecture notes, or other documents related to document stored, using computer.
- Places books in mailing container, affixes address label, and secures container with straps for mailing to blind library patrons.
- Inspects returned books for damage, verifies due date, and computes and receives overdue fines.
- Delivers and retrieves items to and from departments by hand or push cart.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Performing for/Working With Public
- Assisting and Caring for Others
- Documenting/Recording Information
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Deal With External Customers
- Provide a Service to Others
- Objective or Subjective Information