Library technicians assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogues, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. They 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. They also replace materials in the shelving area (stacks) or files. This includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.
A library technician's job is to help librarians to run a library. They assist patrons, organize library materials and information, and perform clerical and administrative tasks which include loaning library material to patrons and collecting returned material, sorting books and other reading material, maintaining and updating patron records, familiarising patrons with library resources and answering their queries, maintaining computer databases and performing other routine clerical tasks under the supervision of the librarian.
How to become a library technician? A candidate requires either a postsecondary certificate or a high school diploma, with short-term on-the-job training. They can advance by assuming additional responsibilities than what has been assigned. With a bachelor’s or a master’s degree, they can become a librarian. They require good organisation skills, working knowledge of computers, communication skills and people skills.
To earn a library technician's salary, one should be able to communicate clearly with clients, co-workers and supervisors. They are required to follow library rules and be efficient in money handling.
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