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Library Assistants, Clerical

Also called: Library Assistant, Library Clerk, Library Aide, Library Circulation Assistant

What they do:
Compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.
On the job, you would:
  • Instruct patrons on how to use reference sources, card catalogs, and automated information systems.
  • Open and close library during specified hours and secure library equipment, such as computers and audiovisual (AV) equipment.
  • Locate library materials for patrons, including books, periodicals, tape cassettes, Braille volumes, and pictures.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Library software
  • Cataloging software
  • ResourceMate Plus
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$23,440
per year, on average
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