Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 43-4121 Library Assistants, Clerical
Compile records, sort and shelve books, and issue and receive library materials such as 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.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: 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. 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. Perform clerical activities, such as answering phones, sorting mail, filing, typing, word processing, and photocopying and mailing out material. Process new materials including books, audio-visual materials, and computer software. Provide assistance to librarians in the maintenance of collections of books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers, and audio-visual and other materials. Take action to deal with disruptive or problem patrons. Sort books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas. Schedule, supervise, and train clerical workers, volunteers, student assistants, and other library employees. Maintain library equipment, such as photocopiers, scanners, and computers, and instruct patrons in proper use of such equipment.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.67   Entry $18,017.00
Mean $11.56   Mean $24,046.00
Experience $13.01 Experience $27,056.00

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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43-4121.00 Library Assistants, Clerical