Career profile: Clerical Library...

Career profile: Clerical Library Assistant

by Laura Sciarpelletti
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Ah the library world! Want to combine office life with your favourite place, the library? Clerical work involves day-to-day office tasks such as answering phones and entering data about patrons and books into spreadsheets. Often there is work processing and typing involved, so if you’re computer savvy this is a good career find. Some library assistants simply stock shelves and sign out books etc. Clerical library assistants are a lot like secretaries. They keep the office running in an organized and sufficient way while still doing the typical library assistant duties.

Do you like to organize your room often and file your homework and class papers? Well if you love books and research, a clerical library assistant is a great way to combine all your passions. The great thing about this job is that it doesn’t require extensive schooling. It’s great for those who want to jump straight into a career without too much of an educational detour. A high school diploma is usually good enough for getting this sort of job—many libraries actually offer to hire and train high schoolers. A lot of the learning is on the job. But if you are looking for a clerical library assistant job in a large city or at a highly reputable library, a college diploma is always super helpful.


Let’s break it down, future clerical library assistant! You will be in charge of loaning and shelving books, catalogue texts, distributing library cards, helping visitors locate resources and updating registration and maintain electronic databases. The great news about this career is that according to www.study.com , job growth for this career is estimated to rise between 2014 and 2024. What does that mean? It means that this is a very safe career with room to move up. If you wish to become a full-fledged librarian eventually, library assistant jobs are known to be compatible with full time studies. Hey, you might even get one of these jobs at your college! Focusing more on the clerical aspects will allow you to hone your organizational skills and no matter what you do in life, that is always a huge plus.


A Library Assistant can make from $27,893 to a high pay of $61,102 per year in Canada.



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