Library and Public Archive Technicians

Job description

These individuals facilitate access to documents for library users. They are involved in the description of new acquisitions and the processing and preservation of various documents. They work in libraries and public archives.


  • Controlled ambient temperature
  • Odours
  • Nontoxic dust

Main tasks

Library Technicians

  • Facilitate access to information resources for users.
  • Catalogue new library acquisitions under the direction of a librarian.
  • Search for references using manual and automated systems.
  • Make interlibrary loans.
  • Assist librarians in facilitating tours and providing specialized programs according to client needs.

Public Archives Technicians

  • Participate in creating inventories, forms, and research tools.
  • Implement and maintain classification plans and preservation schedules.
  • Apply standards and policies for the preservation of various documents.
  • Search, locate, codify, and classify documents.
  • Microfilm archival documents and file them in databases.
  • Transfer documents according to their state (active, semi-active, or permanent preservation).
  • Purge, sort, and sample documents collections produced by an individual or organization (archival holdings).
  • Participate in user training and support.
  • Ensure the proper application of procedures for the use of computerized document management systems.

Hourly wage

The hourly wage is calculated by averaging wages from 2020 to 2022.

Job prospects for 2023-2027


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Job prospects

All of Québec


All of Québec

Non available

Total jobs for 2022

All of Québec


All of Québec


Gender distribution

All of Québec

Not available.
83.2% Female
16.8% Male

Not available.
  • 83.2% Female
  • 16.8% Male

Job types

All of Québec

Not available.
Full time
Part time

Not available.
  • Full time
  • Part time

Yearly wage on 2020

All of Québec


All of Québec

Other characteristics

All of Québec

  • Non traditional for men
  • None

All of Québec

  • Non traditional for men
  • None

Sectors of activity

All of Québec

Not available.
  1. NAICS 61
    50% of jobs
  2. NAICS 51
    33% of jobs
  3. NAICS 91
    10% of jobs
  4. NAICS 81
    3% of jobs
  5. NAICS 71
    2% of jobs
  6. Others
    2% of jobs

All of Québec

Not available.
  1. NAICS 61
    50% of jobs
  2. NAICS 51
    33% of jobs
  3. NAICS 91
    10% of jobs
  4. NAICS 81
    3% of jobs
  5. NAICS 71
    2% of jobs
  6. Others
    2% of jobs

Training and requirements


Most training programs are offered in French only.


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Code : 393B0

Placement rate: 80.3%

13.2% of graduates pursue further studies

More on graduates’ employment situation

Main skills and characteristics


  • Data collection
  • Information processing
  • Reading comprehension
  • Active listening
  • Oral expression
  • Service oriented
  • Coordination
  • Critical thought
  • Social perception
  • Learning strategies


  • Oral comprehension
  • Verbal skills
  • Speech clarity
  • Written comprehension
  • Speech recognition
  • Near vision
  • Classification
  • Written expression
  • Information organization
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Distance vision

Knowledge and attributes

  • Autonomy
  • Knowledge of customer and personalized services
  • Versatility
  • Rigour
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of computer science, digital and electronics
  • Respect standards and regulations
  • Commitment to quality
  • Availability
  • Knowledge of office work


  • Draft, communicate, and inform
  • Work in the arts, culture, music, or leisure
  • Work in an office
  • Carry out research
  • Assist and advise
  • Collect, verify, sort, and classify data or information

Personality profiles (RIASEC)

People with this profile prefer having responsibilities, influencing others and responding to challenges.
People with this profile prefer specific, well-defined tasks. They like to respect the order of things and follow established rules.
People with this profile prefer to express their emotions and thoughts through various art forms. They like to use their imagination.

Official name of the NOC 52100

Library and public archive technicians

Job titles

  • Library technician
  • Cataloguing technician
  • Archival management technician
  • Archival assistant
  • Elementary school librarian
  • High school librarian
  • Technical indexer - library
  • Assistant music librarian
  • Archive attendant

Skill type

Art, culture, recreation and sport

Last update: February 14, 2024


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