Gallery, library & museum technician

Prepare and maintain collections of art, published materials, and artefacts.

Duties and tasks

  • Build and install exhibits by mounting and/or arranging objects and items in display cases and areas
  • Choose appropriate methods and materials to restore and clean items
  • Keeping accurate records of acquisitions and loans as well as details about items and their values
  • Maintaining circulation systems and ordering new materials
  • Prepare artwork, objects, documents, and other valuable items held in an institution for exhibition
  • Receiving exhibits and unpacking items; packing and shipping items at the end of the exhibit

Skills required

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Public speaking
  • Reliability and responsibility

Working conditions

Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians work in organisations and institutions such as libraries, museums, historical sites, and gardens. They may need to move and lift heavy objects, so proper safety precautions must be taken to reduce risk of injury. They work full time, and may work long hours before exhibits and shows.

Professional associations / Industry information

Museums Australia

The Australian Library and Information Association [ALIA]

The Creative Industry Skills Council

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