Library Technical Assistant
Characteristics of the Work
Library Technical Assistants perform a wide variety of work depending entirely on whether the library in which they work is a school, public, academic or special library, and depending on whether that library is in rural or urban area. Two good overviews of the Library Technical Assistant position are listed below.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Who are Library Support Staff (from the Library Support Staff Resource Center)
Sample job descriptions:
- POSITION: Library Technician, Law Firm:
. . . has an opening for a library technician to perform the following clerical and technical duties: mail check-in, materials processing, shelving, filing, supplies, data entry, and other duties as assigned. Qualifications are: high school diploma (some college preferred); one or more years working in a library, preferably a law library; ability to lift/shift up to 25 lbs. on a regular basis; good oral and written communication skills; customer-service orientation. Salary and benefits competitive.
- POSITION: CATALOGING SPECIALIST:
...seeks a Library Specialist for its Cataloging Department to perform copy cataloging and authority control for monographs; update local system records for added volumes and superseded items; train and supervise student assistants to process library materials; assist with departmental projects; and, compile monthly cataloging statistics. REQUIRED: High school diploma or equivalent combination of training and experience. PREFERRED: two years of library experience with online library systems; excellent computer skills; OCLC knowledge. We seek a self motivated individual, who is organized, attentive to detail, able to prioritize work, has the ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, and communicates effectively, both orally and in writing.
- POSITION: SERIALS ORDER ASSISTANT:
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Head, Acquisitions Department, the Serials Assistant: will initiate and maintain the subscriptions, standing orders, memberships, and order plans for serials in Library collections; identify and resolve problems relating to serials orders;verify invoice accuracy for payment; monitor the costs of subscriptions and other standing orders; monitor license requirements; create and maintain records of serials holdings, payment information, and subscription terms and restrictions, and communicate this information to other library departments.
The Serials Assistant will oversee and monitor the accuracy and integrity of the serials database of the Libraries' integrated acquisitions system and assist in planning, testing and implementing programs for the electronic transmission of serials data. Participate in serials-related projects; maintain statistics and design and produce reports and statistical analyses as needed or requested. Train and supervise other staff.
Qualifications:Some college required (2 years preferred). Minimum of two years related experience, including supervisory duties, preferably in a library or subscription agency. Excellent organizational, analytical, communication, supervisory and interpersonal skills. Aptitude for accurate, detailed, quantitative work essential. Ability to work independently, with frequent interruptions. Flexibility to operate within a changing work environment. Knowledge of bibliographic components, serials publishing, foreign languages, accounting principles and relevant technology preferred. Ability to work effectively with a diverse staff and clientele. Some typing/keyboarding skill preferred.
- POSITION: LIBRARY TECHNICAL ASSISTANT, MEDICAL LIBRARY
Full time position responsible for providing computer support for library staff and clients as well as for other library functions including reference and circulation desk duties. Graduation from a 2-year technical institution or college with an Associate's degree and 1 year of experience working in a library or an equivalent combination of training and experience required. Experience with current computer hardware and software applications used in the libary is also required.
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General Course Information
Rose State has the only LTA program in Oklahoma, and it can be obtained totally online. Students are prepared to work in public or private libraries, with government documents, or in research. All LTA courses are taught by master's-level librarians, and an embedded certificate is available.
Currently Rose State offers only two Library Technical Assistant courses per semester. All of the LTA prefix courses are offered only over the Internet. You must follow the regular 16 week schedule for the class, but you may access the course itself at any time of the day or night. You must have both email and web access on a regular basis. Generally the Internet access you can get at a public library or in other public settings is not sufficient. WebTV generally is sufficient, as is the access you would have through a local university or school setting. If you are in the Midwest City area, your enrollment in the LTA courses allows you access to the computer labs here in the LRC. These are also sufficient for the classes.
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Professional Associations/Periodicals for LTA's:
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