146-Gallery, museum and library technicians

Job Title: 

Gallery, museum and library technicians

Job Description: 

Collect, or ganize and look after materials, artworks, specimens and artefacts, and make them available to users. They may also answer specific requests for information.


Gallery, museum and library technicians prepare artworks, specimens and artefacts for collections, arrange and construct gallery exhibits, and assist librarians to organize and operate systems for handling recorded material and files.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • mounting and preparing objects for display
  • designing and arranging exhibit furnishings, display cases and display areas
  • assisting in setting up lighting and display equipment
  • receiving, shipping, packing and unpacking exhibits
  • ordering new library materials and maintaining library records and circulation systems
  • cataloguing printed and recorded material
  • entering data into databases and editing computer records
  • operating audiovisual and reprographic equipment
  • searching and verifying bibliographic data

Knowledge of databases, cataloguing automation systems, online library/gallery/ museum systems, online public access systems, and circulation systems

  • Knowledge in specific field of history, art or education
  • Skill in working with a range of cultural materials and objects
  • Skills in organizing, storing and retrieving information
  • Skill in analysis and research
  • Skills in using specialized software and databases
  • Skills in communication, people and teaching others
  • Skills in creativity to do tasks like designing art exhibition props or presenting information in different formats or styles for visitor interest
  • Skills in project management to schedule exhibition display work, and check its quality
  • Work Context: 

    The vast majority of library technicians work in a metropolitan environment. Evening and weekend work is often required, however this may vary depending on the size and location of the gallery, museum or library.


    Advanced or Higher Diploma in library/information services, professional or technical services or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    2 - 3 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    TDIC, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Emirates Heritage Club, Dubai Heritage Museum

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Gallery technician - Library technician - Museum technician - Taxidermist
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Archivists - Curators - Historian - Conservator

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Arts, entertainment, multimedia and ITC applications
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi