Profession library assistant

Library technicians prepare artworks, specimens and artefacts for collections, arrange and construct gallery exhibits, and assist librarians in organising and operate systems for handling recorded material and files.

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  • Documentalist
  • Librarian
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  • 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.

  • Instruct library users

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

  • Maintain library inventory

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

  • Organise library material

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

  • Provide library information

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

  • Display library material

    Assemble, sort and arrange library materials for display.

  • Organise information

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

  • Maintain library equipment

    Maintain, clean and repair library resources, equipment and facilities, such as dusting or fixing printer paper jams.

  • Classify library materials

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

  • Analyse library users' queries

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Source: Sisyphus ODB