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Library Technician & Academic Librarian: Career Guide: Home

Here is some information on Librarian and Library Technician careers, to share with students at the Take Our Kids to Work Career Fair.

WORKING IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IS AWESOME!

Problem-solving, Service & Helping Others, Collaboration, Technology, Diversity & Variety of Work, Innovation!

Library Technician

SCHOOL: Red River College (Library & Information Technology, 2 yrs) + additional degrees may be recommended for higher level positions

SKILLS: Public service, attention to detail, organization, time management, information and technology literacy, accounting

JOB TITLES: Library Assistant/Technician, Administrative Assistant, Research Assistant, Shelver, Document Deliver/ILL Assistant

SALARY: $30,000 - $50,000

HOURS: 0 - 35 hrs per week, depending on Position/Location

A DAY IN THE LIFE:

Library Assistant

Small Library: Role is largely reactionary; At all times the LA will be on hand for any library patron who may need help. They will likely be interrupted 1 - 3 times an hour.

8 am Open Library. Run Daily/Weekly/Monthly Reports
9 am Tally cash and deposit with Cashier's office
10 am Call patrons flagged by reports (recalls/billing)
11 am Side Project
12 pm Lunch!
1 pm Shelve books
2pm Purchasing items selected by librarian
3 pm Tidy up library and Close/Shift change

 

Large Library: Here, the day is more organized. There are specific tasks for each person, and they will likely not be interrupted. However, they will spend up to 40% of their time stationed at the service desk.

9 am Run Cash report. Credit/Debit/Cash slips to cashier's office
10 am    At Service Desk - Checking books out, helping patrons.
11 am Process reserve Requests//Responding to emails
12 pm At Service Desk
1 pm Lunch!
2 pm Attend workshop
3 pm At Service Desk
4 pm  Repairing broken books/Other projects

 

Academic Librarian

SCHOOL: University Bachelor's Degree (4+ yrs) + Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Degree (2 yrs) + additional degrees in your subject specialty (recommended, not required)

SKILLS: programming, customer service, project management, languages, design, organization, creativity, and more!

JOB TITLES: Liaison Librarian, User Experience Librarian, Systems Librarian, Head Librarian

SALARY: $50,000-$60,000

HOURS: 35-50 hrs per week

A DAY IN THE LIFE:  

Liaison Librarian

9 am Prepare for Class
10 am Teach a research tutorial
11 am Assist a professor with research
12 pm Buy music for the library collection
1 pm Lunch
2 pm Committee meeting
3 pm Work on conference proposal

 

User Experience Librarian

9 am Answering email User Experience Design questions
10 am  Designing/Analyzing assessments for Libraries
12 pm Website Maintenance and Changes
1 pm Lunch
2 pm Committee Meetings
4 pm Research/Academic Reading