Library clerks issue and receive library materials, sort and shelve books, sound and vision recordings, periodicals, journals, magazines and newspapers and provide general library information to library users.
Librarians and related information professionals collect, select, develop, organize and maintain library collections and other information repositories; organize and control other library services and provide information for users (ILO, 2018).


Professional Group characteristics and similar occupations

Other Clerical Support Workers

Other clerical support workers sort and deliver mail, file documents, prepare information for processing, maintain personnel records, check material for consistency with original source material, assist persons who cannot read or write, and perform various other specialized clerical duties (ILO, 2018).

  • Mail Carriers and Sorting Clerks
  • Filing and Copying Clerks
  • Library clerk
  • Library filer
  • Archivists and Curators
  • Bibliographer


Librarians and archivists have been feeling the effects of digitization in their respective fields by the late 1980s. Today, literally no decent sized library (university, municipal, national, private) is run manually. The use of RFID chips have allowed users use check out machines and not interact with the staff. New strides in automation technologies has allowed for a more efficient use of space where machines scan, identify and place and retrieve books within minutes. Digitization of archives has also allowed for a more dispersed and selective use of physical books.  Thus librarians as a discipline has been reduced to working in smaller libraries where the cost of installing expensive management systems does not match the volume. 


At Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, a group of students created a voice-controlled artificially intelligent robot that helps library users to quickly find any book in the library within an instant. Interacting with Hugh is simple, this is done by simply speaking with him like you are talking to a person.

A group of researchers at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) created AuRoSS robot, which uses a robotic arm and RFID scanner to catalogue book locations, and uses the laser-guided navigation to wheel around unfamiliar bookshelves. Also, AuRoSS can be programmed to scan the library shelves at night and instruct librarians how to get the books back in order when they arrive in the morning.

University of Chicago has one of the more automated and technological advanced systems in the world. The Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) (2) allows users to access any book within minutes and with fail safes to ensure that books are never lost/misplaced or any other way mistaken. 

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