Library Technicians Job Profile and Description

With an increasing sophistication in managing archived resources, the Library Technicians assist librarians in managing the library resources and administering to users in such areas as the use of library catalogs, indexes, and computer databases to locate and retrieve books, periodicals and microfilm materials.  They also provide administrative work in organizing the library collections, removing and repairing  damaged books, registering visitors, processing book borrowings, and processing new materials in its collection

Library Technicians Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist library patrons, teachers and students locate and use library resources that include  reference materials, internet access, computer databases and microfiche facilities.
  • Process new print and non-print materials for inclusion in library collections.
  • Reserve, circulate, renew, and discharge books and other materials.
  • Catalogue and classify print and non-print recourses in accordance with library procedures.
  • Organize, sort and maintain periodicals and journals.
  • Provide first level technical support in troubleshooting and configuring computer systems, operating and adjusting photocopiers, facsimile machines, printers and audiovisual equipment.
  • Deliver and retrieve items throughout the library by hand or using pushcart.
  • Mentor new staff or student assistants, and supervise their work.

Library Technicians Skills and Specifications

  • Has high organizational skills
  • Has high computer literacy to use PC and library archiving systems as well as the internet
  • Has a good command of the English language, both verbal and written
  • Has above average interpersonal skills to help library users

Library Technicians Education and Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED is basic but many university libraries prefer applicants with a post secondary education.
  • A 2-year associate or bachelor college course work is an advantage.

Library Technicians Salary

The median hourly wage of Library Technicians in 2008 was $13.86. The middle 50% earned between $10.55 and $17.77. The lowest 10% get $8.23 while the highest 10% got $22.01.  Colleges and university registered the highest median at $15.91 per hour.