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Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants

Other titles : • Archival assistant • Library technician • Reference aide


Description :

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.

Main duties :

Library technicians and assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  •   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


Archive technicians and assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  •   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
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Laurentides
  • Laval
  • Montérégie
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Lanaudière





(Training program available in French only)

Program length: 3 years

Program Objectives

Développer les compétences théoriques et pratiques pour assumer les tâches usuelles des bibliothèques, les dépôts d'archives, les librairies, les centres de documentation; effectuer avec plus de facilité les recherches et la description bibliographiques

Educational organizations offering the program



More information

Association professionnelle des techniciens en documentation du Québec

More information on this occupation on IMT online.