Library assistants maintain, sort, issue and receive library items such as books, magazines, tapes, films and associated records.
Duties & Tasks
Library assistants may perform the following tasks:sort material according to classification or catalogue numbers and return library materials to shelves or other storage areasissue items from library collections to borrowers and record identification data and due dates check records to compile lists of overdue itemsinspect returned items for damage and make minor repairs where requiredissue identification cards to borrowersanswer telephone enquiriesassist librarians and library technicians with information enquiriesassist with outreach services, such as a home library service for people who are not able to visit the library due to illness or disabilityassist customers in finding physical and online materialsperform inter-library loan functions.
Library assistants work as part of a team under the supervision of librarians or library technicians. They are often responsible for daily library operations.
- aptitude for working with computers able to cope with the physical demands of the job good organisational skills good communication skills able to work under pressure good customer service skills.