JOB OUTLOOK AND TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES
Sample Career Pathway
The library technical assistant degree prepares students for staff positions in public, academic, school, and special libraries. Possible entry level positions include Library Technical Assistant, Library Technician, Library Assistant, Children's Department Assistant, Circulation Department Assistant, and School Library/Media Center Assistant/Aide. These positions assist librarians through such duties as ordering, preparing, and organizing materials, maintaining cataloging and circulation records, checking materials in and out, and assisting patrons with basic questions and requests. They may also design posters, bulletin boards, or displays to inform patrons of library events and services. In school and academic libraries, more time may be spent helping students. More advanced duties might include planning or helping with library programs and outreach services or more detailed patron reference assistance.
Students already working in a library who are taking classes to complete state certification requirements may be in higher level positions such as Department Manager or Branch Manager.
Upon completing the AS degree, some students choose to transfer to a four year college to complete a bachelor degree and then a masters in Library Science. Ivy Tech has an official transfer agreement with Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). Other regional campuses of the Indiana University system have also accepted the Library Technical Assistant program credits towards a bachelor degree.
AVERAGE RANGE OF PAY AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS
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According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, between 2008 and 2018, the number of library technicians and assistants is expected to grow about 10 percent nationally, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Openings are expected to occur as workers transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force and need to be replaced. Job growth in educational institutions such as schools and colleges will be limited by reduced budgets and slowing enrollment growth. Public libraries often face budget pressures, which can slow down the hiring of new and replacement staff. Nationally in 2008 there were 242,500 library technicians and assistants. This number is projected to grow by 24,200 or 10% to a total of 266,700 by 2018. The local job market in Indiana is somewhat tight with limited opportunities.
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