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Library, archive and records management technicians and assistants assist users in accessing library or archive resources, participate in records management, assist in describing new acquisitions, participate in archive processing and storage, and conduct reference searches. They are employed by libraries, archives, records management branches and other establishments with library or archive services.
archive assistant, archive technician, circulation assistant, library assistant, library technician, reference aide, technical indexer – library.
- 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
- Issue for circulation library books and other materials
- 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
- Enter the checkout and return of books and other library materials if necessary.
- Assist in developing inventories, forms and finding aids
- Implement and update classification plans and records scheduling and disposal plans
- Codify and classify archival materials
- Put archival materials on microfilm
- Transfer materials from current to semicurrent status or put into permanent storage
- Purge, sort, reduce and sample archives
- Apply standards and policies for storage of archival materials
- Research and retrieve archival materials
- Participate in instructing and assisting users
- Ensure the use of computerized document systems.
Outlook & Prospects for Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants in Halifax Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Halifax Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2011-05-20|
Currently the chances of qualified Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. There are more libraries, archives, and post-secondary institutions in the city than other parts of the province. This results in more employment opportunities for this group in this area of the province and some replacement positions do arise. However, the college program for Library Technicians also exists in the city and competition for jobs can be stiff. The position can also be somewhat dependant on government budgets and funding. Positions are often part time, and library technicians may therefore work between employers.
Technology may have reduced some of the tasks of library technicians, but the demand for information will maintain demand for the role, which will likely continue to evolve along with changing technology.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2013
- Molega Tours Ltd. of East Uniacke has hired four full-time and four part-time staff since a fire destroyed most of its vehicles last January. The company is gearing up for a busy 2014 touring season with a fleet of six coaches, and will hire more people in the spring.
- About 12 full and part-time jobs have been created with the opening of two Mr. Sub sandwich operations within Sobeys-owned Needs stores on Hammonds Plains and Beaver Bank roads in Halifax metro. Eventual expansion to other Needs stores is a possibility.
- The Port of Halifax welcomed 134 cruise ships in 2013, the same as in 2012. The number was slightly higher than had been initially predicted, and it was considered a strong year.
- Sears Canada will terminate 29 positions at its Bayers Lake service centre in Halifax, among 712 cuts in repair and service centre staff across the country. The change will leave about 10 workers at a relocated parts and service centre, as well as some contract workers.
- After a number of closures in the area, Stillwell Beer Bar, Agricola Street Brasserie, Field Guide, the Nook on Gottingen Street, and the Auction House are five new bar and restaurant businesses that have opened recently in the north end of downtown Halifax.
- According to the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors, the Halifax real estate market has more houses for sale and fewer buyers than last year, and many realtors have been forced to seek part-time jobs. A change in rules for first-time buyers, and a subsiding of the initial activity upon the announcement of the Irving Shipbuilding contract are factors in the slowdown.
- Toronto-based Harbour Isle Halifax Inc. will build a 27,000-square-foot commercial-residential building in the spring as part of the Magazine Landing development near Wrights Cove in Dartmouth. A 12-storey residential tower should be completed around the same time, and the developer hopes to eventually add two similar 16-storey towers and perhaps a hotel.
- IBM Canada will set up a $3M computing centre at Dalhousie University as part of a collaboration with provincial educational institutions to increase the number of analytics professionals in the labour market. Analytics refers to the process of assessing huge volumes of data. IBM wants to employ about 500 analytics professionals at its Bedford centre by 2020.
- Sleeman Breweries Ltd. has closed its Dartmouth brewery after failing to sell it, and has layed off the 15 remaining employees. The company is consolidating production in Guelph, Ontario, and had cut its workforce in half about a month ago.
- Ping Identity, a Denver-based internet security company, has opened an office in Halifax and is seeking five workers, including senior and junior Java software engineers and automation testers.
- Training and flight-simulator company Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. of St.John¿s, NL has bought out Atlantis Systems Corp. of Dartmouth. Bluedrop will move from about 120 to 200 employees in Nova Scotia, and they will work out of the company¿s development centre in Bayers Lake. Any job losses will be at the corporate level.
- Yellow Media, publisher of the yellow pages, may make some minor reductions to its Nova Scotia workforce of about 50 as part of a national reduction. Sales and media consulting staff are not expected to be affected, and as the company moves more into online advertising, it may eventually expand its information technology and digital media sections.
- Sound Chiropractic and Health Sciences Centre has opened on Ilsley Ave. in Burnside. The business includes chiropractic, acupuncture, nutritional, and lifestyle services.
- Provincial government departments and two industry groups will organize a job fair in November to target workers from Blackberry, Convergys, and Xerox who lost their jobs in the information technology and customer support sectors in recent weeks. Almost 40 companies have signed up for the event.
- Eleven workers at Roger News 95.7 radio station in Halifax have lost their jobs, including announcers, reporters, and news production and sales staff. The station had decided to partner with Toronto¿s Sportsnet 590 to introduce more sports content, resulting in the job losses.
- The four Hummingbird MediSpa outlets in the Halifax area have closed over the last two months.
- GoodLife Fitness continues to expand in Nova Scotia, with the opening of a fitness centre on Barrington Street in Halifax. The company now has 11 facilities in the Halifax area, and also locations in Truro, New Glasgow, and Antigonish.
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