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 areas
issue items from library collections to borrowers and record identification data and due dates
check records to compile lists of overdue items
inspect returned items for damage and make minor repairs where required
issue identification cards to borrowers
answer telephone enquiries
assist librarians and library technicians with information enquiries
assist with outreach services, such as a home library service for people who are not able to visit the library due to illness or disability
assist customers in finding physical and online materials
perform 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.