Library Assistants, Clerical

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About the Job

Compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.

It is also Called

  • Access Services Assistant
  • Acquisitions Assistant
  • Administrative Library Assistant
  • Assistant Librarian
  • Bibliographic Services Specialist
  • Bookmobile Driver
  • Book Sorter
  • Braille and Talking Books Clerk
  • Cataloging Assistant
  • Catalog Library Assistant
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What They Do

  • Operate small branch libraries, under the direction of off-site librarian supervisors.
  • Enter and update patrons' records on computers.
  • Manage reserve materials by placing items on reserve for library patrons, checking items in and out of library, and removing out-dated items.
  • Instruct patrons on how to use reference sources, card catalogs, and automated information systems.
  • Open and close library during specified hours and secure library equipment, such as computers and audio-visual (AV) equipment.
  • Locate library materials for patrons, including books, periodicals, tape cassettes, Braille volumes, and pictures.
  • Register new patrons and issue borrower identification cards that permit patrons to borrow books and other materials.
  • Lend, reserve, and collect books, periodicals, videotapes, and other materials at circulation desks and process materials for inter-library loans.
  • Answer routine inquiries and refer patrons in need of professional assistance to librarians.
  • Maintain records of items received, stored, issued, and returned and file catalog cards according to system used.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CRS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic and Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $23,030 with most people making between $17,430 and $31,580

Outlook

4.98%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 281 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 14 openings due to growth and about 87 replacement openings for approximately 101 total annual openings.



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