Browse Degrees and Schools

Audio Engineering Schools
Film Schools
Floral Design Classes
Graphic Design Schools
Journalism Degrees
Music Degrees
Photography Schools

Accounting Degrees
Business Administration Degrees
Business Management Degrees
Customer Service Training
Finance Degrees
Insurance Schools
Interpreter Programs
Marketing Certificates
Office Administration Degrees
PMP Certification
Public Relations Degrees
Sales Training
Supply Chain Management Certificates

Educational Administration Degrees
Elementary Education Degrees
History Degrees
Library Science Degrees
Special Education Degrees
Teaching Certificates

CNA Classes
Medical Schools
Medical Billing Schools
Medical Technologist Programs
Medical Transcription Certificates
Nursing Schools
Nursing Administration Certification
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs
School Nursing Certification
Speech Pathology Programs
Veterinarian Schools
Veterinary Technician Schools

Legal And Social
Child Care Courses
Christian Colleges
Criminal Justice Degrees
Firefighting Training
Government Courses
Legal Secretary Courses
Personal Trainer Certification
Social Science Degrees
Social Work Degrees

Chemistry Degrees
Computer Programming Degrees
Computer Science Degrees
Electrical Engineering Degrees
Engineering Degrees
Environmental Science Degrees
Forensic Science Degrees
Geography Degrees
IT Degrees
Microsoft Office Training
Network Administration Schools
Physics Degrees
Project Management Certificates
Software Engineering Degrees
Software Testing Courses
Telecommunications Degrees
Web Design Schools

Cosmetology Schools
Mechanic Schools
Transportation Degrees

=> All Degrees <=

Inside Library Assistant Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you


Biggest Surprises

"There's More To The Library Than Just Books...
I was surprised how much more work is involved in libraries besides just checking in and out books." (Law Library Supervisor; 2013)

Career: 11 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, male
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Cleveland State University in Ohio; completed Bachelor degree in 2005

"I was surprised to find that I could get a career in library science with just a B.A. in English. A degree in English is a gateway to a lot of other career areas, such as law and education. Also, it is a good foundation for going into graduate studies." (Library Assistant; 2012)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, female
School: Studied English at Chatham College in Pennsylvania; completed Bachelor degree in 2003

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Librarian Assistant In Youth Services: "I simply love working with the children, preparing and especially presenting the storytime programs for their education and enjoyment. It is a true delight to watch a child get turned onto reading and the world of books. Of course the love of reading results in lots of books being checked out (hurrah!) and later returned in a massive pile that needs to be collected, checked in, sorted, and then replaced on the shelves. While the sheer number of books circulated each day is massive, after a holiday weekend, it is absolutely daunting!" (2009)

Library Assistant: "the best part of my job? I love the story times. I work with infants to 5 year olds at story times and it is so great to watch them grow up and enjoy silly rhymes, books, and music. It's like being a children's celebrity for local pre-schoolers. If I go to the store, I always see kids I know who are so excited to see me! It's so rewarding to me. I also love the variety of people, working with diverse races, religions, people who all come together around books and reading. Plus, everything is free to everyone...and there just aren't that many places that can say that. The worst part of my job is the vigilance it requires. Because we serve the public, anyone is allowed to use the library, which is great, except on occasion when you have some criminals, especially former child sex offenders, using the library during story time. That can get creepy. Occasionally we have to kick people off of computers or out of the library for illicit activities: looking at pornography in a place where minors have access, belligerent and aggressive behavior, gang-related tagging -- of graffiti -- in the bathrooms, etc." (2009)

Career Background

Library Assistant

  Job Tasks
  Work Environment
  How to Prepare for the Job
  Job Outlook

Career Video

Career Tips

"Learning Online Resources Are Valuable...
I would make sure that you are well versed in many online resources that the library has to offer. I would also make sure that you are able to work with many different types of people." (Law Library Supervisor; 2013)

"Excel At And Appreciate Customer Service...
1. 99% of the public library workers' tasks are simple customer service. If you are not a people person, or do not have people skills, consider another aspect of librarianship. Researcher. Cataloger. 2. Librarians, especially those desiring to work with young children, should understand the developmental stages of children and what capabilities they have. Take early childhood development classes as part of your undergraduate electives. Or if you prefer to work with teens, take classes in understanding an adolescent's mental and physical growth processes. 3. Enjoy books and love reading!" (Librarian Assistant In Youth Services; 2009)

"Get An ALA Certified Grad Degree...
1. Read what you like, and read a lot .... people love a personal recommendation. 2. If possible, get an ALA certified Master's degree (there are no bachelor's degrees for Library Science) and become a librarian. Librarian's get paid about 25% more for the same work as Library Assistants. 3. Volunteer at a library or ask to do an internship, even though it's unpaid. You will get a great idea of the work, and it looks great on college applications and resumes even if you decide it's not for you!" (Library Assistant; 2009)