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What is a Library Technician
What is a Records Management Technician

What is a Library Technician: Library Technician (LT) or Library & Information Technician (LIT) is a graduate of a two (2) year Library and Information Technician diploma program recognized by the Canadian Library Association. Library technicians support and assist librarians by performing technical tasks involved in library work such as collection management, cataloguing and document delivery. They also provide reference services and may manage small corporate, school or public libraries.

A LIT has acquired a specialized knowledge of library information systems and methods in developing, organizing, and maintaining a collection of material. Library and Information Technicians work in many different sizes and types of libraries including but not limited to: Public; Elementary, High School, and Post Secondary; Law; Medical / Health; Specialized; Corporate; and Government. Therefore, their duties and responsibilities may vary considerably from one position to another. However, in general, library technicians:

  • order and process materials (print, audiovisual and electronic) and classify, catalogue and maintain them
  • process interlibrary loans
  • help clients find and use library resources such as reference materials, audiovisual equipment or electronic resources
  • search on-line databases and other electronic information resources such as in-house databases or the Internet to find answers to reference questions
  • code and input bibliographic data
  • administer the circulation desk and related functions such as fines and the management of reserve collections
  • assist in the design and maintenance of in-house databases, web pages and local area networks
  • provide library orientation and instruction for library users
  • help clients develop computer and digital literacy skills
  • deliver programs designed for children, young adults or other groups
  • help organize promotional events
  • compile and consult print and electronic indexes
  • select news clippings and prepare competitive intelligence information for library users
  • supervise library clerks, volunteers or student assistants.
(Alberta Occupational Profiles, 2013)

What is a Records Management Technician?: Records management technicians classify, code, process, store, retrieve, and preserve or securely destroy the paper, electronic and other records organizations receive or generate. They support information management in their organization and assist in retrieving records relevant to access requests.

Duties include:

  • use established records management systems to classify, code, process, store, retrieve, and preserve or securely destroy records
  • process incoming information and documents using appropriate technology and equipment
  • track procedures for internal reference materials (for example, standards, reports, research)
  • support records compliance audits
  • use established control procedures to ensure records are complete and thorough
  • input and verify data in records management software applications
  • monitor the filing or retention of record series and document versions according to the organization's policies
  • monitor records management performance measures
  • maintain records centres according to established procedures
  • train end-users and staff
  • maintain inventories, directories and indices of records and forms
  • support the development of controlled vocabularies and taxonomies
  • input appropriate metadata tags and apply established metadata standards
  • image, digitize and microfilm records
  • find and retrieve records in response to information requests
  • control the proliferation of transitory records that are of limited retention value
  • assist in the appraisal and analysis of recorded information for retention purposes and apply records retention schedules
  • assist with placing and managing legal holds on records
  • protect records through environmental and security controls
  • assist with the identification and protection of the organization's vital records and disaster recovery plan
  • assist with the selection of software and information technology equipment
  • migrate records from one storage media or system to another
  • compile statistics and reports
(Alberta Occupational Profiles, 2013)
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