Library assistants (clerical) compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. They locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving areas, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. They also register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.
Library assistants lend out books, collect returned books and inspect them for damages, and also register new library members and help them use library facilities. They sort and arrange books on shelves, help members locate desired titles and answer their queries. They also restore dilapidated books and repair damages done to a book by a borrower.
A library assistant's job is to maintain meticulous records of all data pertaining to the works of a library. The catalogue books, file identification tags of items being lent, and match returned items with issuing details. They impose fines on members for damages to borrowed items, or for returning items past the due date.
A high school diploma is required for a library assistant job, and the work is learnt on the job. Previous experience and knowledge of computers help. A clerical assistant needs to be an active listener and be good at communication, interpersonal skills, and be computer savvy.
Library assistants work under the direction of librarians and require being up and moving around regularly and are liable for five-six figures of library assistant salary.
A good library assistant has a love for books. They are well versed with current affairs and have a broad knowledge of life and the world. To be successful, one should be great with people’s skills and provide efficient customer service.
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