Library associates perform a variety of tasks including research, administration, and cataloguing. They also assist patrons by answering their questions, issuing library cards, and checking out loan materials. They may also oversee interlibrary loans, maintain various databases, and organize special events and outreaches for the community.
As a library associate, technician or assistant, you're responsible for providing administrative and research assistance to librarians. You could work in a large public library or a specialized resource center, such as a medical, law, or research library. If you want to pursue a career as a library associate, you could work solely as a library media or circulation assistant.
The criteria for academic qualifications for this post is not specific. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some smaller libraries will hire you with a high school diploma and provide you with on-the-job training. However, most employers will prefer you if you have some formal postsecondary training in library science, such as an associate degree or certificate. If you are interested in becoming a full-fledged librarian, you'll need to complete a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree program.