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.
- Acquisitions Technician
- Assistant Librarian
- Audio-Visual Aide
- Book Shelver
- Book Sorter
- Bookmobile Driver
- Catalog Librarian
- Cataloging Library Technical Assistant
- Help patrons find and use library resources, such as reference materials, audiovisual equipment, computers and other electronic resources, and provide technical assistance when needed.
- Answer routine telephone or in-person reference inquiries, referring patrons to librarians for further assistance, when necessary.
- Process print and non-print library materials to prepare them for inclusion in library collections.
- Reserve, circulate, renew, and discharge books and other materials.
- Catalogue and sort books and other print and non-print materials according to procedure, and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
- Provide assistance to teachers and students by locating materials and helping to complete special projects.
- Organize and maintain periodicals and reference materials.
- Maintain and troubleshoot problems with library equipment including computers, photocopiers, and audiovisual equipment.
- Deliver and retrieve items throughout the library by hand or using pushcart.
- Train other staff, volunteers or student assistants, and schedule and supervise their work.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CSE.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Social and Enterprising environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
In 2012, the average annual wage in California was $41,840 with most people making between $27,500 and $59,000
During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 11,500 people in California. It is projected that there will be 12,400 employed in 2020.
This occupation will have about 80 openings due to growth and about 490 replacement openings for approximately 570 total annual openings.
collegeLoma Linda University
onetOffice Clerks, General
onetSocial and Human Service Assistants
majorMedical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
majorLibrary and Archives Assisting
collegeUniversity of Southern California
collegeSan Jose State University
majorLibrary and Information Science