Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Assistant Librarian

Assistant Librarian - Entry-Level

Job description

The role of an assistant librarian is essentially that of a customer service orientated role involving recommending and issuing books, handling enquiries from the general public and managing catalogues. Assistant librarians may also be required to perform technical tasks such as the preparation and analyses of statistical data and general systems maintenance.

A more detailed position description for the assistant librarian can be found here

Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Performing excellent customer service including minor technical support
  • General day-to-day operation of the issuing systems, such as, issuing materials and resolving fines.
  • Processing new/re-classified materials and maintaining library shelving standards

Remuneration comparison

Assistant Librarian Remuneration Comparision Chart

Figure 5: Remuneration comparison for assistant librarians 


With the exception of library assistants, assistant librarians can expect to earn less than their counterparts within local government and the general market sectors. However, it should be noted that assistant librarians make a living wage. The main reason for this difference in earnings between library assistants and assistant librarians stems from the complexity of the customer enquiries handled as well as the level of judgement and instruction comprehension expected. Individuals operating at level 7 can expect to be paid at the lower quartile, while individuals working at level 9 can expect to be paid in the upper quartile.

Comparing LIANZA salary data from the library sector, local governemnt and the general NZ job market to the associate pay grade A category (steps 1 and 2) saw the salary gap shrink.

In the case of the lower quartile library sector vs associate grade A step 1, school assistant librarians were 0.1% ahead. This said, there were still salary gaps, which ranged from 9.2% (lower quartile, local government) to 20.5% (upper quartile, general NZ job market).


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