Library Assistants, Clerical

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About the Job

Compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.

It is also Called

  • Technical Services Assistant
  • Technical Assistant
  • Talking Books Library Clerk
  • Registration Clerk
  • Reference Library Assistant
  • Reference Assistant
  • Public Services Assistant
  • Periodicals Library Assistant
  • Periodicals Clerk
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What They Do

  • Design or maintain library web site and online catalogues.
  • Assist in the preparation of book displays.
  • Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment.
  • Prepare library statistics reports.
  • Deliver and retrieve items to and from departments by hand or using push carts.
  • Acquire books, pamphlets, periodicals, audio-visual materials, and other library supplies by checking prices, figuring costs, and preparing appropriate order forms and facilitating the ordering process by providing such information to others.
  • Review records, such as microfilm and issue cards, to identify titles of overdue materials and delinquent borrowers.
  • Place books in mailing containers, affix address labels, and secure containers with straps for mailing to blind library patrons.
  • Classify and catalog items according to content and purpose.
  • Repair books using mending tape, paste, and brushes or prepare books to be sent to a bindery for repair.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $24,090 with most people making between $16,760 and $35,490

Outlook

0.28%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,700 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 4,830 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 13 openings due to growth and about 147 replacement openings for approximately 160 total annual openings.



Pennsylvania Department of Education