Library Technicians

What do 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.

Also known as:

Circulation Clerk, Library Aide, Library Assistant, Library Associate, Library Clerk, Library Media Technician, Library Specialist, Library Technical Assistant (LTA), Library Technician, Media Specialist, Page Technician

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Library Technicians in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Library Technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #10 in job growth rate
  • 340

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.5%)
  • Master's degree (12.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (26.7%)
  • Associate's degree (9.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (17.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (29.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Process library materials.
  • Provide information to the general public.
  • Help patrons use library or archival resources.
  • Classify materials according to standard systems.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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