FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Reference Library Assistant

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Reference 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

  • $38,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Reference 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.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Reference 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.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Reference Library Assistant?

Send To A Friend

Reference Library Assistant Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as a Reference Library Assistant?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Library Specialist 3.9 years
Library Associate 3.2 years
Library Clerk 2.9 years
Library Page 2.3 years
Library Assistant 2.2 years
Library Aide 2.1 years
Library Monitor 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Reference Library Assistant
Internship 12.2%
Volunteer 8.4%
Cashier 6.1%
Teacher 3.8%
Librarian 3.1%
Assistant 3.1%
Manager 3.1%
Top Careers After Reference Library Assistant
Internship 11.8%
Teacher 4.9%
Librarian 4.9%
Associate 4.2%
Volunteer 3.5%
Law Clerk 3.5%
Fellow 2.8%

Do you work as a Reference Library Assistant?

Reference Library Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

56.8%

Male

35.7%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

4.1%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

French

23.3%

Spanish

20.0%

German

10.0%

Russian

6.7%

Italian

6.7%

Turkish

3.3%

Danish

3.3%

Portuguese

3.3%

Hawaiian

3.3%

Vietnamese

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Greek

3.3%

Korean

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Croatian

3.3%
Show More

Reference Library Assistant Education

Schools

Brigham Young University

9.1%

Guilford College

7.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

7.3%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

5.5%

University of North Texas

5.5%

Drexel University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

Worcester State University

5.5%

North Carolina Central University

5.5%

Hofstra University

5.5%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5.5%

University of Alabama

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

State University of New York Albany

3.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.6%

Moravian College

3.6%

Texas State University

3.6%

Aurora University

3.6%

Franciscan University of Steubenville

3.6%

Delta College

3.6%
Show More
Majors

Library Science And Administration

11.9%

Library Science

9.7%

English

8.2%

Law

7.5%

Psychology

6.7%

Political Science

5.2%

Biology

5.2%

Business

5.2%

Elementary Education

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Information Sciences

3.7%

Fine Arts

3.7%

Photography

3.7%

Social Work

3.7%

Accounting

3.7%

Anthropology

3.0%

History

3.0%

Ethnic, Gender And Minority Studies

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Public Health

2.2%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

42.0%

Masters

31.1%

Other

13.2%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

4.2%

Associate

2.8%

Diploma

1.4%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Reference Library Assistant?

Have you worked as a Reference Library Assistant? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Reference Library Assistant.

Top Skills for A Reference Library Assistant

  1. Customer Service
  2. Library Materials
  3. Research Projects
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Converted dozens of analog audio and video recordings to digital for timely customer service.
  • Supervised and/or led and trained circulation staff in the charging, searching, researching, and referencing of library materials.
  • Applied expertise in finding and presenting information to take part in numerous research projects to help expand library services.
  • Administered reference and customer service at the Periodicals and Reference desks, using a variety online database and print materials.
  • Managed reference desk on Saturday mornings, monitored computer lab; completed projects by using databases

How Would You Rate Working As a Reference Library Assistant?

Are you working as a Reference Library Assistant? Help us rate Reference Library Assistant as a Career.

Top Reference Library Assistant Employers

Jobs From Top Reference Library Assistant Employers

Related to your recently viewed content