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Library Technicians

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Core Tasks

  • Process interlibrary loans for patrons.
  • Reserve, circulate, renew, and discharge books and other materials.
  • Process print and non-print library materials to prepare them for inclusion in library collections.
  • Retrieve information from central databases for storage in a library's computer.
  • Provide assistance to teachers and students by locating materials and helping to complete special projects.
  • Enter and update patrons' records on computers.
  • Answer routine reference inquiries, and refer patrons needing further assistance to librarians.
  • Guide patrons in finding and using library resources, including reference materials, audiovisual equipment, computers, and electronic resources.
  • Train other staff, volunteers or student assistants, and schedule and supervise their work.
  • Sort books, publications, and other items according to procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
  • Organize and maintain periodicals and reference materials.
  • Compile and maintain records relating to circulation, materials, and equipment.
  • Collect fines, and respond to complaints about fines.
  • Issue identification cards to borrowers.
  • Conduct reference searches, using printed materials and in-house and online databases.

Work Activities

Interacting With Computers
Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Processing Information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

Documenting/Recording Information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Getting Information
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Training and Teaching Others
Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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