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Unit Group

5211 Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants

Library, archive and records management technicians and assistants assist users in accessing library or archive resources, participate in records management, assist in describing new acquisitions, participate in archive processing and storage, and conduct reference searches. They are employed by libraries, archives, records management branches and other establishments with library or archive services.

Example Titles

  • archive assistant
  • archive technician
  • circulation assistant
  • library assistant
  • library technician
  • reference aide
  • technical indexer – library
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Main duties


Library technicians and assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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
  • Issue for circulation library books and other materials
  • 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
  • Enter the checkout and return of books and other library materials if necessary.

Archive technicians and assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Assist in developing inventories, forms and finding aids
  • Implement and update classification plans and records scheduling and disposal plans
  • Codify and classify archival materials
  • Put archival materials on microfilm
  • Transfer materials from current to semicurrent status or put into permanent storage
  • Purge, sort, reduce and sample archives
  • Apply standards and policies for storage of archival materials
  • Research and retrieve archival materials
  • Participate in instructing and assisting users
  • Ensure the use of computerized document systems.

Employment requirements

  • A university degree
    or
    A diploma in archival studies
    or
    A college library technician program diploma is usually required.
  • Computer literacy is required.

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