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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.
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Outlook & Prospects for Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants in Lower Mainland - Southwest Region
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National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants) is part of a larger occupational group called Technical Occupations in Libraries, Archives, Museums and Art Galleries (NOC 521).
|Occupations in this group||
Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants (5211)
Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries (5212)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||15,066|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||40|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||60|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation experienced weak growth in employment and the unemployment rate changed very little. However, the unemployment rate remained relatively high in 2010 at 8.9%. The average hourly wage increased faster than the average for all occupations, but remained lower than the wage for comparable occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was more than sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Technical Occupations In Libraries, Archives, Museums And Galleries, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 7,777 and 4,274 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply exceeded labour demand, it is expected that this occupation will continue to have surplus supply. In other words, the number of job seekers will be more than sufficient to fill job openings over the 2011-2012 period. Therefore, although employment demand will be slightly higher than supply over the next ten years, the recent surplus will continue to be felt during the projection period. The majority of job openings will arise from retirements over this period. Since workers in this occupation retire slightly earlier, the retirement rate is above the occupational average. The number of job openings resulting from economic growth will be small, but greater than the number during the 2001-2010 period. Demand for technical occupations in libraries, archives, museums and galleries will continue to be limited by the emergence of new technologies and the widespread use of the Internet. In terms of supply, all of the job seekers will come from the school system.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||459||6%|
|Projected Job Openings||7,777||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||4,274||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Information and cultural industries||56.80|
What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time and part-time?
The graph displays the proportion of people in this occupation who worked full-time and part-time in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 55% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants) is part of a larger group called Technical Occupations in Libraries, Archives, Museums and Art Galleries (NOC 521). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 63%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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