Careers in Library Media Assistant
What will I do on the job?
You will be helping people in different types of libraries. Duties may include helping library patrons find materials, working on the circulation desk, checking materials in and out of the library, sorting and shelving returned books or other library materials, handling interlibrary loans, developing signs and posters, producing materials on computers, answering reference questions, online information searching, reading stories to young children, and ordering and processing books and materials.
What skills will I use on the job?
Library assistants are expected to have excellent customer service and communication skills as they interact frequently with library patrons and staff. Attention to detail is also essential for acquiring, preparing, and organizing library materials. In addition, library assistants must have strong technology skills, as well as the ability to work independently and in teams.
Who will hire me?
Graduates of the program can get jobs working as library assistants, library technical assistants, library technicians, library media assistants, and other library support staff positions. Potential employers include K-12, academic, public, and special libraries.
How much can I earn?
Approximate annual salaries in the Portland area:
- Starting: $10 – $12 per hour
- Experienced: $10 – $18 per hour