Library AssistantJob Description:
Library assistants help librarians to manage the day-to-day running of a library.Job Category:
What you will do:
You could work on a customer service desk to:
- help users access print and online resources
- organise IT access and answer library users’ queries
- check materials in and out
- deal with counter, phone and email enquiries
You may also:
- catalogue new resources
- shelve returned items and arrange repair of damaged materials
- promote collections or new library resources
- make sure copyright licence agreements are followed
- maintain databases and records
- help with events and activities like storytelling or author sessions
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
In the UK, for example, you could do a Certificate or Diploma in Libraries, Archives and Information Services.
You could do a library, information and archive services assistant advanced apprenticeship.
This typically takes 18 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.
You could gain experience of working in a library through volunteering in school, college or local authority libraries.
You can apply for a job as a library assistant if you have some experience of working in a library, an archive or information service, for example as a volunteer.
Experience working in an administration, customer services or IT role would also be useful for applying directly.
For some assistant jobs, for example in industrial or commercial libraries, you may need certain qualifications. You may also need specialist knowledge like languages or science, depending on the job.
A knowledge of information classification systems, like the Dewey Decimal Classification, may be useful, though not essential, as training would be given.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 34-36 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends on shifts.
You could work at a library, at a school, at a college or at a university.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience and qualifications, you could become a librarian.