Library Assistants issue, receive and shelve library items and maintain associated records.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • issuing library items to borrowers and recording identification data and due dates
  • sorting and shelving returned items
  • locating and retrieving items on request
  • maintaining records and index systems
  • receiving overdue items, issuing overdue notices, and receiving fines
  • inspecting returned items for damage and making minor repairs
  • assisting with the preparation of displays and promotional activities
  • may prepare catalogued items for shelving

Job Titles

  • Library Assistant, Library Attendant, or Library Clerk

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      Unavailable
    • Future Growth

      decline
    • Skill Level

      Certificate II or III
    • Employment Size

      6,000
    • Unemployment

      average
    • Male Share

      19.7%
    • Female Share

      80.3%
    • Full-Time Share

      28.5%

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    This is a very small occupation employing 6000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
    A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Library Assistants work in most parts of Australia.
    • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Education and Training; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 32.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 52 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • Around 8 in 10 workers are female.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20058900
    20068700
    20077200
    20087900
    200913300
    20106800
    20117700
    20126000
    20137200
    20145600
    20156000
    20204300

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryLibrary AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    Full-time28.568.4
    Part-time71.431.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)32.340.0

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training56.9
    Information Media and Telecommunications35.2
    Public Administration and Safety7.1
    Health Care and Social Assistance0.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLibrary AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW23.131.8
    VIC24.425.5
    QLD29.319.8
    SA11.76.8
    WA7.811.2
    TAS1.72.0
    NT0.01.1
    ACT2.11.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLibrary AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1912.7-5.45.4
    20-244.9-9.99.9
    25-341.6-23.423.4
    35-4415.6-21.721.7
    45-5421.9-21.121.1
    55-5918.3-8.78.7
    60-6412.0-5.95.9
    65 and Over12.9-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryLibrary AssistantsCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males19.7Males53.6
    Females80.3Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

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    A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Library Assistants who can interact well with a variety of people, provide good customer service and self-manage.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      88% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Clerical

      85% Important

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    3. English Language

      79% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Computers and Electronics

      75% Important

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    5. Communications and Media

      56% Important

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Getting Information

      88% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    2. Interacting With Computers

      86% Important

      Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

    3. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

      85% Important

      Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

    4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      84% Important

      Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

    5. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

      80% Important

      Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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