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Working As A Library Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Library Assistant Do

Library technicians and assistants help librarians with all aspects of running a library. They assist patrons, organize library materials and information, and perform clerical and administrative tasks.

Duties

Library technicians and assistants typically do the following:

  • Loan library materials to patrons and collect returned materials
  • Sort and reshelve returned books, periodicals, and other materials
  • Catalogue and maintain library materials
  • Handle interlibrary loans
  • Register new patrons and issue library cards
  • Answer routine reference questions
  • Teach patrons how to find and use library resources
  • Maintain computer databases used to locate library materials
  • Answer the phone, organize files, and perform other routine clerical tasks
  • Help plan and participate in special programs, such as used-book sales, story times, and outreach programs

A librarian usually supervises library technicians and assistants. Library technicians and assistants usually help patrons find information and organize library materials. However, library technicians typically have more responsibilities than do library assistants, such as administering library programs and overseeing lower level staff.

Library technicians and assistants in smaller libraries have a broader range of duties. In larger libraries, they tend to specialize in a particular area, such as user services or technical services. Technicians and assistants specializing in user services assist library patrons with locating resources and information. Those specializing in technical services research, acquire, catalog, and process materials to be added to the library’s collections.

The following are examples of types of library technicians and assistants:

Academic library technicians and assistants help students, faculties, and staff in colleges and universities access resources and information related to coursework or research projects. Some help teach students how to access and use library resources. They may work at service desks for reserve materials, special collections, or computer labs.

Public library technicians and assistants work in community libraries to serve members of the public. They help patrons find books to read for pleasure; assist patrons with their research; and teach patrons how to access the library’s resources. Some technicians in public libraries may help plan programs for users, such as story time for children, book clubs for teens or adults, or other educational or recreational activities.

School library technicians and assistants show students how to find and use library resources, maintain textbook collections, and they help teachers develop curriculum materials.

Special library technicians and assistants work in libraries in government agencies, corporations, museums, law firms, and medical centers. They assist users, search library resources, compile bibliographies, and provide information on subjects of interest to the organization.

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How To Become A Library Assistant

Most library technicians need a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. Library assistants typically need a high school degree and usually learn through short-term on-the-job (OTJ) training.

Education                                                                                               

Most libraries prefer to hire library technicians who have a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. However, some smaller libraries might hire prospective technicians with only a high school diploma. Certificate and associate’s degree programs in library technology include coursework in acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, reference, and automated library systems. In some cases, library technicians who work in public schools must meet the same requirements as teacher assistants.

Most library assistants typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Training

Library assistants usually receive some short-term OTJ training to learn about libraries and library resources.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Library technicians and assistants need to listen to and understand patrons’ needs, provide clear answers to questions, and teach them how to use library resources.

Detail oriented. Library technicians and assistants must pay close attention to ensure that library materials and information are organized correctly and according to the library’s organizational system. Cataloging and processing library materials also requires attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Library technicians and assistants provide customer service to library patrons and work with librarians, teachers, or researchers.

Technology skills. Library technicians and assistants use computers to help patrons research topics. They also use technology to maintain the library’s database of collections.

Advancement

Library technicians and assistants can advance as they assume additional responsibilities in other areas of the library. Some eventually become supervisors and oversee daily library operations. To become a librarian, technicians and assistants need to earn a master’s degree in library science.

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Library Assistant Career Paths

Library Assistant
Office Assistant Executive Assistant
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Legal Assistant Executive Assistant
Senior Administrative Assistant
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Teacher Consultant
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Consultant Account Manager
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Manager
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Team Leader Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Team Leader Department Manager
Support Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Specialist Accountant
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Technical Support Technician Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Administrator Senior Administrative Assistant
Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Account Executive Customer Service Manager
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Medical Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Foreman Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Library Associate 3.2 years
Library Clerk 2.9 years
Circulation Clerk 2.9 years
Library Page 2.3 years
Library Aide 2.1 years
Library Assistant 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Library Assistant
Cashier 12.4%
Internship 12.0%
Volunteer 8.5%
Assistant 4.4%
Tutor 3.0%
Teacher 2.9%
Secretary 2.7%
Server 2.3%
Clerk 1.9%
Top Careers After Library Assistant
Cashier 11.2%
Internship 9.5%
Volunteer 6.4%
Assistant 4.1%
Teacher 3.6%
Librarian 3.0%
Server 3.0%
Tutor 2.8%
Associate 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
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$18,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Clark County School District
Highest Paying City
Norfolk, VA
Highest Paying State
Virginia
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Library Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Library Assistant in the United States is $28,842 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $44,000.

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Top Skills for A Library Assistant

  1. Library Materials
  2. New Patrons
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process new library materials received also answers borrower's questions concerning circulation rules.
  • Register new patrons for cards accurately and completely.
  • Check in/out Library books Re-shelving returned books Inventory of books Customer Service
  • Performed multifaceted general office support and administered academic tests to students from circulation desk.
  • Maintain records of items received, stored, issued, and returned, and file catalog cards according to system used.

Library Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 24,709 Library Assistant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Library Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

62.9%

Male

25.7%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.3%

French

12.5%

Mandarin

4.6%

German

4.6%

Chinese

4.5%

Japanese

4.1%

Italian

3.8%

Russian

3.1%

Arabic

2.6%

Portuguese

2.4%

Hindi

2.0%

Cantonese

1.8%

Korean

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Urdu

1.1%

Hebrew

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Polish

0.7%

Bengali

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%
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Library Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.3%

University of North Texas

8.3%

San Jose State University

7.5%

Florida State University

7.1%

University of South Florida

5.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.0%

University of Alabama

5.0%

Boston University

4.7%

Wayne State University

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.5%

Temple University

4.3%

Kent State University

4.3%

New York University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

University of Houston

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Simmons College

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

15.5%

Psychology

9.7%

English

8.8%

Criminal Justice

5.6%

Library Science

5.5%

History

5.2%

Communication

4.6%

Library Science And Administration

4.6%

Accounting

4.3%

Biology

4.1%

Fine Arts

3.7%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Nursing

3.4%

Political Science

3.1%

Education

3.1%

Computer Science

3.0%

General Studies

2.9%

Sociology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.1%

Other

19.2%

Masters

17.0%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.2%
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