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Working As A Media Technician

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • $32,310

    Average Salary

What Does A Media Technician 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 Media Technician

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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Media Technician Career Paths

Media Technician
Technical Support Specialist Specialist Account Manager
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager General Sales Manager
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Technical Director Chief Technology Officer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Editor, Freelance Senior Editor
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Media Specialist Adjunct Instructor Executive Chef
Director Of Catering
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Communications Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Producer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Production Manager Account Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Project Coordinator Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Managing Editor Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Systems Administrator Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Media Specialist Media Consultant Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Systems Engineer Sales Engineer
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Media Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

67.9%

Female

30.0%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

3.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.6%

Chinese

6.4%

German

5.1%

French

5.1%

Japanese

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Carrier

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Telugu

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Wolof

1.3%

Samoan

1.3%

Hmong

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Tamil

1.3%
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Media Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

San Jose State University

8.5%

Central Washington University

6.9%

University of Washington

6.2%

University of North Texas

5.4%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

5.4%

Columbia College Chicago

5.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.4%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Full Sail University

4.6%

New York University

3.8%

Villanova University

3.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.8%

State University of New York Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

Quinnipiac University

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

University of San Francisco

3.1%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

3.1%

Henry Ford College

3.1%
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Majors

Communication

16.4%

Business

13.7%

Photography

10.6%

Computer Science

6.7%

Digital Media

4.4%

Information Technology

4.4%

Fine Arts

4.1%

Graphic Design

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Journalism

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Biology

3.2%

Music

3.1%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

General Studies

2.6%

Management

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.1%

Other

21.0%

Masters

12.7%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Media Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, E-Media Tech DEV Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation San Francisco, CA Jul 09, 2016 $164,369
Media Technician Alumni Association of The School of Medicine of Lo Loma Linda, CA Jan 15, 2014 $52,175 -
$62,610
Media Technologist/Coordinator California State University, Northridge Los Angeles, CA Aug 24, 2015 $45,000
Digital Media Technician Gallaudet University Washington, DC Jun 25, 2011 $42,840

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Top Skills for A Media Technician

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  1. Video
  2. Audio
  3. Computer
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  • Produced instructional videos for training purposes Created budget for equipment purchases Help develop framework for Media department
  • Researched, developed and implemented audio/visual solutions for production, advertising, and marketing departments.
  • Assisted students with tasks related to computer learning in an educational environment.
  • Directed technical support and audio visual/computer equipment setup for academic, administrative, and public events.
  • Installed and troubleshooted all copper and fiber optic telecommunications services for commercial and resident properties.

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