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Library technicians, sometimes called library technical assistants, work in all areas of library services, supporting professional librarians or working independently to help people access information. They order and catalog books, help library patrons locate materials, and make the library's services and facilities readily available. Technicians verify bibliographic information on orders, and perform basic cataloging of materials received. They answer routine questions about library services and refer questions requiring professional help to librarians. Technicians also help with circulation desk operations and oversee the work of stack workers, library aides, and other clerical workers. They circulate audiovisual equipment and materials and inspect items upon return. Approximately 120,600 library technicians are employed in the United States.