Library Technician Job Description
Library technicians assist librarians by helping them acquire, shelve, and organize library materials. They also help patrons find the books and information they’re looking for in databases, library catalogs, and indexes, and perform many tasks as needed to keep the library running smoothly.
The primary difference between library technicians and assistants is that technicians have more responsibility and authority within the library.
Responsibilities for this occupation include:
- Loaning materials to patrons, and checking them back in when returned.
- Collecting late fees or lost book charges.
- Issuing library cards to new patrons.
Work Environment and Schedule
With the exception those who work on bookmobiles, librarian technicians work indoors.
Technicians who work at public school libraries work during normal business hours, but those who work at university or public libraries are often required to work nights and weekends. College libraries in-particular tend to be open very late at night to accommodate their students’ schedules.
The majority of library technicians work part-time, though there are opportunities for full-time work as well.
How to Become a Library Technician
The education and training requirements for library technicians vary depending on the type of library you want to work in.
Small libraries are sometimes willing to hire a technician with only a high school diploma, but most will prefer that you have a minimum of an associate’s degree.
If you want to work in a public school library, additional tests may be required depending on the state you wish to work in.
If you want to learn more about the requirements for becoming a library technician, you can find lots of good information on the American Library Association’s website.
There are currently 115,400 library technicians in the United States, with 5,950 new library technician job openings created each year.
Library Technician jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Library Technician Salaries
Library Technician salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most library technicians make between $23,100 – $38,900 per year, or $11.10 – $18.72 per hour.