Profession library assistant

Library assistants assist the librarian in the day-to-day activities of the library. They help clients find the materials they need, check out library materials and restock the shelves. 

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Social


  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.


  • Maintain library inventory

    Keep accurate records of circulation of materials, maintain an up-to-date inventory, and correct possible cataloguing errors.

  • Organise information

    Arrange information according to a specified set of rules. Catalogue and classify information based on the characteristics of that information.

  • Classify library materials

    Classify, code and catalogue books, publications, audio-visual documents and other library materials based on subject matter or library classification standards.

  • Maintain library equipment

    Maintaining, cleaning and repairing of library resources, equipment and facilities, such as dusting or fixing printer paper jams.

  • Analyse library users' queries

    Analyse library users' requests to determine extra information; assist in furnishing and locating that information.

  • Provide library information

    Explain the use of library services, resources and equipment; provide information about library customs.

  • Manage library users queries

    Search library databases and standard reference materials, including online sources, to help users should they have questions.

  • Assess informational needs

    Communicate with clients or users in order to identify which information they require and the methods with which they can access it.

  • Display library material

    Assemble, sort and arrange library materials for display.

  • Instruct library users

    Teach library visitors basic computer skills, such as searching digital databases.

  • Organise library material

    Organise collections of books, publications, documents, audio-visual material and other reference materials for convenient access.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply for library funding evaluate library materials manage digital libraries collection management compile library lists create semantic trees buy new library items confer with library colleagues literature develop solutions to information issues assist in library facility planning develop classification systems use software for data preservation digitise documents