Library Technician

Library Technician


[ Music ] Look where I work. It’s just wonderful. My name is Angie Webster,
and I got a certificate in library information technology
and an AA degree. The program here is fairly
complete in and of itself. It’s got everything you could
possibly want to do in a library. Public service, technical
service, computers and libraries. The various technology aspects of it. Especially some of the computers
and library courses because it’s not just checking out books. You’re actually helping people
with technology here as well. Public service is anytime
you’re helping a patron really. When they come in looking for a book or
a textbook, come in looking for articles for an essay; and so, they
need help finding those things. And they may ask for a scholarly
journal or they may ask for a popular magazine or something like that. Some teachers even require
that they use a book for source and that’s always fun to help them find that. Books are still but
that was just the beginning piece and it’s kind of much expanded. So much has changed obviously with the Internet. People have an abundance
and oceans of information, but it can be hard to find
your way through that. So a lot of what libraries do now is try to
guide people through electronic resources, how to find them, how to use databases to show people how they can use those
resources, how they can evaluate them. This type of skillset with the
finding information, organizing it, and then providing access to it
pretty much translates to anything. For example, if you’re working in a
hospital, you’re in a medical library where you’ve got doctors who
want to find something fast, and you can help them get that
information that they need. This is a good way, I think, to test
the waters of what your interests are. With the community college program,
it can actually be more specialized to the library field than most
undergraduate degrees are. [ Music ]

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