Summary: Library assistants, also known as paraprofessionals, support secretarial works of a qualified librarian staff. Since this position is often occupied by those who were not able to get hold of professional librarian qualifications, their main task is to assist librarians and other professionals. Sometimes they also have a degree in other fields of discipline.
Duties: A library assistant takes care of the checking in and out of materials being used in the library. They log and document the coming and the going of all media. They frequently check the information on each document or media that is being stored in the archive. Organizing the archive is essential in order to closely monitor important documents. They ensure that all media are properly and accurately labeled. They work with a team of people that supports the works of qualified senior librarians. They work together to create a range of final products like DVD titles and corporate productions. They of course also make archives for all the books and magazines found in the library.
Education and Training Requirements: To be a library assistant, you need to have at least 5 GCSEs (A-C), a degree in English or the equivalent. One may also be qualified when they have specializations and knowledge in Science. Once working, training will be received by a qualified librarian wherein qualifications are NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Information and Library Services.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements: Important skills of a library assistant are organization, principles of data and labeling. It is also important to have excellent communication skills, which translate to having pleasing personally. They also need precise knowledge on small details of media and strict understanding of different media and formats. It is also important to have a good working relationship with the team.
Working Conditions: Basically, we see them regularly in libraries such as public libraries, academic libraries, those in schools and universities, and libraries that have a specialized theme. Public libraries are designed for the benefit of taxpayers, making it accessible to all. The information that academic high school libraries have are based on their curriculum. Only students and teachers that attend those schools are allowed to research there.
Salary: A library assistant is being paid $10.09 up to $15.80 per hour and an overtime pay of $14.75 to $27.25 per hour a day. They can get bonuses that amount to $101.74 to $993, having an annual income of $21,345 to $33,978 combined with hourly pay, overtime pay and bonuses.