Library assistants and information work: challenges and possibilities to the Sibi/UFPA

Rubens da Silva Ferreira About the author

The study reported aimed to assess the daily routine of the work carried out by library assistants from the Library System of the Federal University of Para (Sibi/UFPA) as information workers. The data was collected via questionnaires sent to 26 libraries that have been selected according to a sample defined by type of university. The results showed that library assistants are concentrated in the loan service tasks. The auxiliary services of preparation and conservation of bibliographical materials are totally carried out by librarians. The research points to the need of an institutional policy regard the qualification of library assistants as information workers.

Library assistants; Information work; Academic library systems; Federal University of Pará (Brazil)

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