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

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • 6,600 workers Employment Size
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 36.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 34.4 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 87.8% female Gender Share

    The number of Library Assistants fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 6,600 in 2017 to 5,700 by 2022.
    There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
    • Location: Library Assistants work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Information Media and Telecommunications; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (36.6%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61.8%).
    • Gender: 87.8% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200710100
    20087800
    200910100
    20108500
    20118100
    20127100
    20137300
    20146500
    20154700
    20167600
    20176600
    20225700

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
    Information Media and Telecommunications52.0
    Education and Training33.5
    Public Administration and Safety13.0
    Administrative and Support Services1.6

    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 2017, 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
    NSW31.331.6
    VIC9.726.2
    QLD40.619.7
    SA6.26.7
    WA4.910.8
    TAS2.62.0
    NT0.31.1
    ACT4.51.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
    15-198.6-5.25.2
    20-241.6-9.99.9
    25-3410.3-23.623.6
    35-4417.8-21.721.7
    45-5426.0-20.820.8
    55-5911.9-8.88.8
    60-6419.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.9-4.04.0

    Education Level

    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.

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    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.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-4121.00 - Library Assistants, Clerical.

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