Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 25-4031 Library Technicians
Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books; remove or repair damaged books; register patrons; check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Include bookmobile drivers who operate bookmobiles or light trucks that pull trailers to specific locations on a predetermined schedule and assist with providing services in mobile libraries.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Help patrons find and use library resources, such as reference materials, audio-visual equipment, computers, and other electronic resources and provide technical assistance when needed. Answer routine telephone or in-person reference inquiries, referring patrons to librarians for further assistance, when necessary. Process print and non-print library materials to prepare them for inclusion in library collections. Reserve, circulate, renew, and discharge books and other materials. Catalogue and sort books and other print and non-print materials according to procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas. Provide assistance to teachers and students by locating materials and helping to complete special projects. Organize and maintain periodicals and reference materials. Maintain and troubleshoot problems with library equipment, including computers, photocopiers, and audio-visual equipment. Deliver and retrieve items throughout the library by hand or using pushcart. Train other staff, volunteers, or student assistants and schedule and supervise their work.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.24   Entry $23,365.00
Mean $15.42   Mean $32,060.00
Experience $17.50 Experience $36,402.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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25-4031.00 Library Technicians