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$34,200Potential Avg. Salary
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Working under the supervision of a librarian, a library technician is typically in charge of acquiring and organizing various resources in a library, e.g. DVDs, books, periodicals. This role may also involve other library support activities.
What is a Library Technician?
As a library technician, you will have to take the lead on the following responsibilities:
- Assist patrons of the library to locate a wide range of materials, instructing patrons on ways to search for library materials using references in online resources and card catalogues.
- Plan and organize different interactive sessions and weekly programs for library patrons like storytelling events, book clubs and summer reading programs.
- Manage the receipt and processing of print library resources and track down vendors when required to resolve any issues that arise with received items.
- Reconcile library resource funds and maintain fund balances to make certain that there is no excess spending; create fiscal and statistical reports on assigned library materials.
- Create, maintain and submit invoices in both electronic and print, for payment by choosing the most applicable workflow for type of payment, type of invoice and material type.
Day In The Life
Most library technicians perform a wide range of tasks under the direction of a librarian. This role has greater duties than library assistants like implementing library programs and supervising other junior level staff. Particularly in larger libraries, such technicians may specialise in a certain area of work like technical services or user services. Under user services, one would support library patrons by helping them find various resources. If you specialise in technical services, you may have to acquire, house and document materials that will be added to the library’s collections.
Other day to day tasks you will spend time completing include providing support to catalogue or maintain books, periodicals, videos, etc., processing new library resources and ensuring that procedures are complied with. Customizing electronic or physical databases, updating the library’s website and providing assistance to library patrons regarding computerized databases may also form a part of your duties.
Library Technicians usually work indoors at libraries during normal working hours from Monday to Friday. Once in a while, this role requires work over weekends when a library is open for maintenance work or any updates to the library network. In school libraries, hours are less tedious since it is regular school hours. In comparison, public and college libraries involve working over evenings, nights, weekends and even some holidays. There are corporate libraries where you would be expected to work normal business hours but overtime work can come up.
Growth Of The Job
Job opportunities for library technicians is expected to grow by 8% by 2022 – at a faster rate than the average for other occupations. As a library technician, you can look forward to taking on additional responsibilities in other areas of a library environment as you gain sufficient experience. Many library technicians become supervisors and take charge of day to day library operations.
Becoming a full-time librarian from a library technician, requires you to complete relevant educational qualifications, e.g. a master’s degree in library science. With more and more libraries facing budget cuts, technicians will be an economical alternative for providing library services to various institutions. Another alternative career to explore if you are a library technician, includes that of a teaching assistant – which may require you to have an associate’s degree or its equivalent depending on the school district.
A library technician can find work with local public libraries, corporate libraries and school or university libraries.
How To Become a Library Technician
While formal educational training is not always necessary, most libraries require you to at least have a high school diploma, GED or associate’s degree in a relevant subject area such as library technology or library science. Due to the requirements of state funding laws, library technicians that find employment in public schools have to hold an associate’s degree or higher and pass an elaborate exam, as per the American Library Association (ALA).
You may also be qualified in terms of practical training, i.e. experience in similar clerical work. In experienced workers are sometimes trained on the job itself. In terms of skills, library technicians should demonstrate a passion for books and various information, enjoy being organized and be able to adapt quickly to new technologies applied to traditional practice areas. You must also be comfortable and patient with providing assistance to diverse patrons, especially the elderly.
Library Technician Salary Data
We’ve provided you the following to learn more about this career. The salary and growth data on this page comes from recently published Bureau of Labor Statistics data while the recommendations and editorial content are based on our research.
National Anual Salary
National Hourly Wage
How do Library Technician salaries stack up to other jobs across the country? Based on the latest jobs data nationwide, Library Technician's can make an average annual salary of $34,200, or $16 per hour. This makes it an Above Average Salary. On the lower end, they can make $24,530 or $12 per hour, perhaps when just starting out or based on the state you live in.
Salary Rankings And Facts
#631 Nationally for All Careers
Programs and Degrees
Here are the most common degrees for becoming a Library Technician. a is usually recommended and specifically a degree or coursework that prepares you for the particular field, see below.
Highest Education Among Library Technicians
- 1.4% Doctorate
- 10.1% Masters
- 23.7% Bachelors
- 9.9% Associates
- 16.2% College
- 35.5% High School
- 3.2% Less than High School
Job Growth Projections and Forecast
2014 Total Jobs101,800
2024 Est. Jobs107,100
Job Growth Rate5.2%
Est. New Jobs5,300
How does Library Technician job growth stack up to other jobs across the country? By 2024, there will be a change of 5,300 jobs for a total of 107,100 people employed in the career nationwide. This is a 5.2% change in growth over the next ten years, giving the career a growth rate nationwide of Below Average.
Growth Rankings And Facts
#424 Nationally for All Careers
What Companies Employ The Most Library Technicians
|Industry||Current Jobs||New Jobs Needed||% Increase|
|Local government, excluding education and hospitals||52,500||2,900||3%|
|Elementary and secondary schools; local||16,200||100||0%|
|Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state||9,100||400||0%|