Library and Public Archive Technicians

NOC 5211

Description

Library and public archive technicians assist users in accessing library or archive resources, assist in describing new acquisitions, participate in archive processing and storage, and conduct reference searches. They are employed by libraries and public archives.

Duties

Library technicians

  • Assist library users in accessing books, films, photographs, maps, documents, electronic materials and other library materials
  • Catalogue new library acquisitions under the direction of a librarian
  • Perform manual and on-line reference searches and make interlibrary loans for users
  • Assist librarians in giving tours and providing children’s and other specialized library programs.

Public archive technicians

  • Assist in developing inventories, forms and finding aids
  • Implement and update classification plans and records scheduling and disposal plans
  • Apply standards and policies for storage of records and archival materials
  • Codify and classify archival materials
  • Put archival materials on microfilm or in databases
  • Transfer materials from current to semi-current status or put into permanent storage
  • Purge, sort, reduce and sample archives
  • Research and retrieve archival materials
  • Participate in instructing and assisting users
  • Ensure that proper procedures are followed in the use of computerized document management systems.

Other Titles

  • library technician
  • technical indexer – library
  • archival management technician
  • elementary school librarian
  • archive attendant
  • archive assistant
  • secondary school librarian
  • technical indexer – library

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)

Skills

  • Communication
  • Computer skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Data processing
  • Able to work independently
  • Organization
  • Time management

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Most college programs in Ontario require an OSSD or Mature Student Status

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • For library technicians, the completion of a two- to three-year college program in library and information technology is usually required
  • For public archive technicians, the completion of a college diploma or certificate program in archive and document management technology is required

Certification

  • Not required

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as library and public archive technicians are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$43,096 $42,651 $27,098 $35,409

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
5191 – Other Information Services 45 45

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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