Library Technicians assist Librarians and other information managers in organising and operating systems for handling recorded material and files.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in library and information services is needed to work as a Library Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Library Technicians.

    Tasks

    • Orders new library materials and maintains library records and circulation systems.
    • Catalogues printed and recorded material.
    • Enters data into databases and edits computer records.
    • Operates audio-visual and reprographic equipment.
    • Searches and verifies bibliographic data.

    More about Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians

    All Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians

    • $1,346 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Library Technicians

    • 6,300 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 44% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 38 hours Average full-time
    • 51 years Average age
    • 88% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Library Technicians (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 6,900 in 2011 to 6,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Library Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (44%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (69%).
    • Gender: 88% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training48.3
    Public Administration and Safety28.7
    Information Media and Telecommunications20.0
    Health Care and Social Assistance1.3
    Other Industries1.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLibrary TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW19.831.6
    VIC31.425.6
    QLD10.420.0
    SA7.47.0
    WA23.210.8
    TAS4.72.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT2.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLibrary TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-242.8-9.39.3
    25-3410.6-22.922.9
    35-4417.0-22.022.0
    45-5431.4-21.621.6
    55-5919.2-9.09.0
    60-6412.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationLibrary TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree19.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma40.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.4-21.121.1
    Year 1210.6-18.118.1
    Year 114.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.3-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in library and information services is needed to work as a Library Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Library Technicians.

    Membership with The Australian Library and Information Association may be useful.

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    Employers look for Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians who can interact well with others, are efficient and can communicate clearly.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      71% Skill level

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

    2. Computers and Electronics

      67% Skill level

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

    3. English Language

      53% Skill level

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

    4. Education and Training

      46% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      45% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      99% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    4. Telephone

      96% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Contact With Others

      90% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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