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Become A Library Page

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Working As A Library Page

  • 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

  • $38,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Library Page 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 Page

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 Page Demographics

Gender

Female

58.9%

Male

25.5%

Unknown

15.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

19.4%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.5%

French

10.5%

Chinese

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

German

3.5%

Hindi

3.0%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Korean

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Tagalog

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Armenian

1.0%

Filipino

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Romanian

0.5%

Khmer

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Lithuanian

0.5%
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Library Page Education

Schools

San Jose State University

14.0%

Arizona State University

10.7%

University of Phoenix

6.6%

San Francisco State University

5.3%

George Mason University

4.5%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

Southern University and A & M College

4.5%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.5%

California State University - San Bernardino

4.1%

California State University - Long Beach

4.1%

University of Arizona

4.1%

Miami Dade College

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

California State University - East Bay

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Pima Community College

3.3%

Kean University

3.3%

Kent State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

11.8%

English

10.6%

Psychology

10.3%

History

6.4%

Library Science And Administration

5.5%

Liberal Arts

5.4%

Library Science

5.2%

Fine Arts

4.1%

Communication

4.1%

Accounting

4.0%

Biology

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Sociology

3.6%

Computer Science

3.3%

General Studies

3.3%

Elementary Education

3.0%

Political Science

3.0%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Nursing

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.4%

Other

20.1%

Associate

12.9%

Masters

11.9%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Highest Paying State
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The national average salary for a Library Page in the United States is $38,591 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

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Top Skills for A Library Page

  1. New Patrons
  2. Shelve Library Materials
  3. Book Shelves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Register new patrons and issue borrower identification cards that permit patrons to borrow books and other materials.
  • Staff service desk, shelve library materials, check materials in and out, collect fines, and maintain borrower records.
  • Organized and shelved library books Helped library patrons find books and material they were looking for Organized book shelves
  • Ensured top quality customer service to a diverse community in navigating library materials, and facilitated computer workshop for beginners.
  • Shelved all library materials in numerical and alphabetical order according to the Dewey Decimal System.

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