Library Assistant job description

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Description

Library Assistants are required to help librarians with daily tasks inside a library. These workers interact with the public, allowing them to find specific books and documents, and work at the circulation desk. They are also responsible for replacing and restocking books and documents in library shelves. These assistants may help in educational children´s programs and other special events.

Library Assistants usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Repairing damaged books.
• Inspecting returned material.
• Lending library-owned material.
• Sorting books.
• Answering client´s questions.

Skills

• Having high organizational skills.
• Being able to work independently.
• Having excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Being able to handle criticism in a professional manner.
• Having IT skills.
• Having interpersonal skills.
• Having knowledge of office machinery.
• Being able to work as part of a team.
• Being able to follow directions accurately.
• Being flexible and proactive.

Education

There are no specific certifications or college degrees to become a Library Assistant. Experience and skills are obtained through training schemes offered by certified librarians. People who want to work in this sector must start by researching about types of software used in libraries, such as database utilities and word processing programs. Most employers require applicants having a High School Diploma or a GED and prior work experience in the same area.

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