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Occupation Profile for Library Assistants, Clerical

Compile records, sort and shelve books, and issue and receive library materials such as 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.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$21,640.00 Median Annual Wage 5,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
4.7 Average Unemployment Percentage 19.4 Percentage That Completed High School
116,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 43.8 Percentage That Had Some College
125,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 36.8 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Access Services Assistant
Acquisitions Assistant
Administrative Library Assistant
Assistant, Librarian
Assistant, Medical Library
Bibliographic Services Specialist
Bookmobile Driver
Braille and Talking Books Clerk
Catalog Library Assistant
Cataloging Assistant
Circulation Clerk
Circulation Librarian
Circulation Manager
Circulation Representative
Circulation Supervisor
Clerk
Film Library Clerk
Film or Tape Librarian
Interlibrary Loan Specialist
Library Aide
Library Assistant
Library Associate
Library Circulation Assistant
Library Circulation Clerk
Library Clerical Assistant
Library Clerk
Library Clerk, Talking Books
Library Media Assistant
Library Paraprofessional
Library Serials Assistant
Library Services Assistant
Library Specialist
Library Technical Assistant
Library Technician
Microfilm Clerk
Music Library Assistant
Page
Periodicals Library Assistant
Public Services Assistant
Reference Assistant
Reference Library Assistant
Registration Clerk
Technical Services Assistant

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Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — Select substitute titles when requested materials are unavailable following criteria such as age, education, and interests.
  • Core — Perform clerical activities such as filing, typing, word processing, photocopying and mailing out material, and mail sorting.
  • Supplemental — Repair books, using mending tape, paste, and brushes.
  • Core — Provide assistance to librarians in the maintenance of collections of books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers, and audiovisual and other materials.
  • Supplemental — Deliver and retrieve items to and from departments by hand or using push carts.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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