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Library Clerk

Aliases: Library Assistant

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Library Clerk is expected to perform include:

  • Compiling records, sorting and shelving books 
  • Issuing and receiving library materials such as books, periodicals, films, newspapers, etc.
  • Recording data and due dates on cards by hand or via a stamping machine to issue books to patrons
  • Inspecting returned books for damage, verifying the due date, computing and receiving overdue fines
  • Reviewing records to compile a list of overdue books and issuing notices to borrowers
  • Sorting books, publications and other items according to the classification code and returning them to shelves, files or other designated storage areas
  • Locating books and publications for patrons
  • Issuing the borrower's identification card according to established procedures
  • Filing cards in catalogue drawers according to the prescribed system
  • Repairing books using mending tape, paste and a brush
  • Answering inquiries on the telephone or in person and referring persons requiring professional assistance to the Librarian
  • Typing material cards, issuing cards and duty schedules​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is not a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Libraries usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from library to library
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is suitable for candidates One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), One Arm and One Leg (OAL), Both Legs (BL) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, 12th pass

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Ability to keep constant vigilance on the library
  • Skilled in operating a computer and printing reports and records
  • Ability to periodically check for damaged books and repair them
  • Knowledge of placing books on the shelves according to their category/genre
  • Skilled in issuing library cards and issuing books against those cards
  • Knowledge of the regulations of the library regarding fine collection, due dates, etc.
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Focused
  • Hard-working
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Schools and colleges across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

https://targetstudy.com/degree/bachelor-of-library-science/

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4

Library Clerk → Deputy Librarian → Librarian → Chief Librarian

The progression is indicative​

EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For candidates with experience - Rs 5,200 to Rs 20,200 per month
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Generally, 2 years of experience required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Public and private libraries
  • Private and government schools/colleges
KEYWORDS 
  • Library Clerk
  • Library Assistant
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20154411.0100Library Clerk
ISCO 20084411 Library Clerks
NIC 200891010Library and archives activities
QP ReferenceNot availableNot available
NSQFNot availableNot available
REFERENCES 
1National Classification of Occupations Division 4
2http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3http://neigrihms.gov.in/Latest%20News/estt-1/Advertisement%20%20Group%20'C'%20Posts%20.pdf
4http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-4.pdf
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