Library Assistant / Technician - Indiana Regions Overview:
The graph above shows that there were
111 job postings for the occupation of Library Assistant / Technician in Indiana during 2013 and 2014. The vertical bar chart shows which regions had the most demand for Library Assistant / Technician. These numbers represent current demand as advertised in online job postings and do not necessarily indicate projected job growth in the future. Nevertheless, these numbers are a valid barometer for gauging recent job demand statewide and regionally in Indiana.
What Library Assistant / Technician Do:
Compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.
Common Job Activities:
- Operate small branch libraries, under the direction of off-site librarian supervisors.
- Enter and update patrons' records on computers.
- Manage reserve materials by placing items on reserve for library patrons, checking items in and out of library, and removing out-dated items.
- Instruct patrons on how to use reference sources, card catalogs, and automated information systems.
- Open and close library during specified hours and secure library equipment, such as computers and audio-visual (AV) equipment.
- Locate library materials for patrons, including books, periodicals, tape cassettes, Braille volumes, and pictures.
- Register new patrons and issue borrower identification cards that permit patrons to borrow books and other materials.
- Lend, reserve, and collect books, periodicals, videotapes, and other materials at circulation desks and process materials for inter-library loans.
- Answer routine inquiries and refer patrons in need of professional assistance to librarians.
- Maintain records of items received, stored, issued, and returned and file catalog cards according to system used.
- Send out notices and accept fine payments for lost or overdue books.
- Perform clerical activities, such as answering phones, sorting mail, filing, typing, word processing, and photocopying and mailing out material.
- Process new materials including books, audio-visual materials, and computer software.
- Perform accounting and bookkeeping activities, such as invoicing, maintaining financial records, budgeting, and handling cash.
- Prepare, store, and retrieve classification and catalog information, lecture notes, or other information related to stored documents, using computers.
- Select substitute titles when requested materials are unavailable, following criteria such as age, education, and interests.
- Provide assistance to librarians in the maintenance of collections of books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers, and audio-visual and other materials.
- Take action to deal with disruptive or problem patrons.
- Sort books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
- Inspect returned books for condition and due-date status and compute any applicable fines.
- Repair books using mending tape, paste, and brushes or prepare books to be sent to a bindery for repair.
- Classify and catalog items according to content and purpose.
- Place books in mailing containers, affix address labels, and secure containers with straps for mailing to blind library patrons.
- Schedule, supervise, and train clerical workers, volunteers, student assistants, and other library employees.
- Review records, such as microfilm and issue cards, to identify titles of overdue materials and delinquent borrowers.
- Maintain library equipment, such as photocopiers, scanners, and computers, and instruct patrons in proper use of such equipment.
- Acquire books, pamphlets, periodicals, audio-visual materials, and other library supplies by checking prices, figuring costs, and preparing appropriate order forms and facilitating the ordering process by providing such information to others.
- Deliver and retrieve items to and from departments by hand or using push carts.
- Prepare library statistics reports.
- Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment.
- Assist in the preparation of book displays.
- Design or maintain library web site and online catalogues.
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