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Library Technicians

Also called: Library Assistant, Library Associate, Library Technical Assistant (LTA), Library Technician

What they do:
Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books or other media; remove or repair damaged books or other media; register patrons; and check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.
On the job, you would:
  • Help patrons find and use library resources, such as reference materials, audio-visual equipment, computers, and other electronic resources and provide technical assistance when needed.
  • Answer routine telephone or in-person reference inquiries, referring patrons to librarians for further assistance, when necessary.
  • Process print and non-print library materials to prepare them for inclusion in library collections.


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


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Library software
  • Online Computer Library Center OCLC
  • SirsiDynix Symphony
Data base user interface and query software
  • Ex Libris Group Aleph
  • Inmagic TextWorks
Word processing software
  • HandyFile Find and Replace Text Aid Kit
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
professional degree
usually needed

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