52100 – Library and public archive technicians

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major Group

52 – Technical occupations in art, culture and sport

Broad Occupation Category

521 – Technical occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5210 – Technical occupations in libraries and public archives

Library and public archive technicians assist users in accessing library or archive resources, assist in describing new acquisitions, participate in archive processing and storage, and conduct reference searches. They are employed by libraries and public archives.

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Example Titles

  • Archive technician

  • Library technician

  • Technical indexer - library

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Library technicians

  • 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

  • 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.

Public archive technicians

  • Assist in developing inventories, forms and finding aids

  • Implement and update classification plans and records scheduling and disposal plans

  • Apply standards and policies for storage of records and archival materials

  • Codify and classify archival materials

  • Put archival materials on microfilm or in databases

  • Transfer materials from current to semi-current status or put into permanent storage

  • Purge, sort, reduce and sample archives

  • Research and retrieve archival materials

  • Participate in instructing and assisting users

  • Ensure that proper procedures are followed in the use of computerized document management systems.

Employment Requirements

  • Library technicians usually require completion of a two- to three-year college program in library and information technology.

  • Public archive technicians require completion of a college diploma or certificate program in archive and document management technology.