How To Become a Library Technician in Canada
Have you considered becoming a Library Technician? In the current economic downturn with people being laid off or made redundant daily, it may be necessary for you to consider a second career. This will most likely involve some education.This is the first article in a series about jobs that might be suitable for those looking for a second career.
In Canada, a Library Technician is a para-professional who has usually received a diploma from a community college. They might also be known as library assistants. When I was at school our class was divided almost equally into new high school graduates and older people embarking on a new career. Most of the people who registered for the course mentioned that they liked books and people.
Seneca College in Ontario offers both a 2-year program and a 1-year accelerated program in Library Techniques. Subjects studied include book and non-book cataloging, the use of computers in libraries, library acquisitions and circulation. There are several other colleges in every province throughout Canada that teach Library Techniques. In addition, there are Library Techniques courses offered in many other countries, such as Australia and the United States.
Library Technicians Job Description
Library Technicians help to ensure that everything at the library runs smoothly. While librarians usually handle the administrative side of the library's operation, technicians handle the technical side. Duties for Library Technicians can include book cataloging, the upkeep of computers, the ordering and receiving books, and manning of the circulation desk. Library Technicians may also supervise other library staff such as shelvers and clerks. In many cases, Library Technicians are the only staff in the library, either in a small rural library, a business office or in a school.
The salary for Library Technicians can vary quite widely. They can earn as little as $20,000US a year or as much as $40,000US and up.
Being a Library Techinican can be a very rewarding career, especially if you like books and people.