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Life As a Library Technician

Library Technician Job Description 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.

What Do Library Technicians Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Claim missing issues of periodicals and journals.
  • Plan and conduct children’s programs, community outreach programs, and other specialized programs, such as library tours.
  • Issue identification cards to borrowers.
  • Process interlibrary loans for patrons.
  • Process print and non-print library materials to prepare them for inclusion in library collections.
  • Sort and deliver library mail and packages.

What a Library Technician Should Know

When polled, Library Technicians say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Types of Library Technician Jobs

  • Media Specialist
  • Library Circulation Technician
  • Textbook Associate
  • Book Sorter
  • Media Center Specialist

Library Technician Job Outlook

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 99,200 jobs in the United States for Library Technician. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 9,000 new jobs for Library Technician by 2026. The BLS estimates 14,400 yearly job openings in this field.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Library Technicians in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Library Technician are Utah, Nevada, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, New Jersey, or Rhode Island. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Library Technician Make?

The typical yearly salary for Library Technicians is somewhere between $21,350 and $54,910.

Salary Ranges for Library Technicians

Library Technicians who work in District of Columbia, Connecticut, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.

How much do Library Technicians make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $32,410
Alaska $46,520
Arizona $33,170
Arkansas $25,810
California $45,750
Colorado $34,380
Connecticut $47,980
Delaware $42,330
District of Columbia $50,330
Florida $34,910
Georgia $34,280
Hawaii $41,930
Idaho $26,530
Illinois $36,190
Indiana $26,560
Iowa $33,150
Kansas $34,870
Kentucky $28,450
Louisiana $32,100
Maine $36,000
Maryland $39,160
Massachusetts $46,980
Michigan $31,880
Minnesota $43,850
Mississippi $25,500
Missouri $29,920
Montana $30,920
Nebraska $32,590
Nevada $36,890
New Hampshire $37,490
New Jersey $37,350
New Mexico $35,810
New York $35,050
North Carolina $34,340
North Dakota $32,510
Ohio $32,250
Oklahoma $29,310
Oregon $39,770
Pennsylvania $34,510
Rhode Island $43,560
South Carolina $32,000
South Dakota $26,760
Tennessee $28,160
Texas $30,820
Utah $30,180
Vermont $35,380
Virginia $35,970
Washington $44,690
West Virginia $26,550
Wisconsin $28,100
Wyoming $33,840

Tools & Technologies Used by Library Technicians

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Library Technicians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Email software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • FileMaker Pro
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • WorldCat
  • Online Computer Library Center OCLC
  • Ex Libris Group Aleph
  • Innovative Interfaces Millennium
  • National Library of Medicine DOCLINE
  • Dynix Digital Library
  • SirsiDynix Symphony
  • WebClarity Software BookWhere

Becoming a Library Technician

Individuals working as a Library Technician have obtained the following education levels:

Library Technician Degree Level

What work experience do I need to become a Library Technician?

Library Technician Work Experience

Where do Library Technicians Work?

Library Technician Sectors

Library Technicians work in the following industries:

Library Technician Industries

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