What they do
Library technicians assist librarians to organise, operate and maintain libraries. They are often responsible for maintaining library records and entering information into electronic databases regarding acquisitions and loans. Many library technicians have a strong customer service role and assist library users to navigate the library, use online databases and locate resources at other libraries if required. In some cases they may also design and present promotional activities, displays and events.
Working conditions can vary greatly between libraries, depending on the size, location and type. In Western Australia there are several hundred public libraries, located throughout the state, in both regional and metropolitan areas, as well as a large number of university, government and business and other private libraries, though not all libraries will necessarily employ library technicians. The vast majority of library technicians in Western Australia work in the Perth metropolitan area. Evening and weekend work is often required, however this may vary depending on the size and location of the library.
Tools and technologies
Library technicians must be proficient with computers, both to maintain library records and to access databases, which are increasingly being stored electronically. They must also be familiar with a range of specialised catalogues and databases in order to effectively manage and locate records and information both in their own library, and in some cases, at other locations. Trolleys are often used to transport books around the library for shelving, and ladders may be used to reach high shelves.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a library technician you usually have to gain a qualification in library and information services.
The Diploma of Library and Information Services is offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
Required registration and licensing