Library Technicians

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About the Job

Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books or other media; remove or repair damaged books or other media; register patrons; and check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.

It is also Called

  • Textbook Associate
  • Stacker
  • Stack Attendant
  • Page Technician
  • Media Center Specialist
  • Library Technician
  • Library Technical Assistant (LTA)
  • Library Specialist
  • Library Page
  • Library Monitor
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What They Do

  • Compile bibliographies and prepare abstracts on subjects of interest to particular organizations or groups.
  • File catalog cards according to system used.
  • Prepare volumes for binding.
  • Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment, such as projectors, tape recorders, and videocassette recorders.
  • Collaborate with archivists to arrange for the safe storage of historical records and documents.
  • Sort and deliver library mail and packages.
  • Design, customize, and maintain databases, web pages, and local area networks.
  • Compose explanatory summaries of contents of books and other reference materials.
  • Claim missing issues of periodicals and journals.
  • Organize and maintain periodicals and reference materials.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CSE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Social and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $34,440 with most people making between $19,180 and $53,930


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,090 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,180 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 9 openings due to growth and about 151 replacement openings for approximately 160 total annual openings.

Pennsylvania Department of Education