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Library and Information Technician

Library and Information Technician

Program Code:LIT
Campus:Newnham
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The focus of this program is practical and experience-based, whether in class, working independently on assignments or in field placements. Your educational experience includes a high proportion of time using computers and software specific to the library and information industry. The curriculum is based on the Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians produced by the Canadian Library Association and changes continuously to reflect the latest developments in the working world. The skill set at the completion of this program prepares graduates to take their place in the workforce and be productive immediately.

Field Placements

There are two field placements in the Library and Information Technician diploma program, each three weeks in length. Students will have placements scheduled in special libraries, public libraries and/or in school or academic libraries. The program assigns placements with input from the student. A police check is required for many libraries.

Required Keyboarding Speeds

  • 30 w.p.m. (net) for first field placement
  • 35 w.p.m. (net) for graduation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Strong computer skills.

Fees

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Your Career

Bringing together people, information and materials, library technicians meet the challenges of a constantly changing information environment. To do this, they use the latest technologies to organize and retrieve information, and, along with librarians, they are the mainstay of libraries. They are service-oriented, work with minimal supervision and are adaptable to change. As a graduate of this diploma program, you may find work in various environments such as business corporations, professional firms, colleges, schools and public libraries.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Canadian Library Association
  • Ontario Association of Library Technicians/Association des Bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario
  • Ontario Library Association
  • Special Libraries Association

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
LIT103 Cataloguing I
LIT104 Circulation
LIT108 Searching I
LIT150 Introducing Libraries
LIT100 LIT Introduction to Computer Applications
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 2
LIT203 Cataloguing II
LIT204 Acquiring Library Materials I
LIT206 Reference Resources I
LIT208 Searching II
LIT210 Library Promotions
LIT250 Placement and Work Skills
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
FPL385 Field Placement I for Library Technicians
LIT303 Cataloguing III
LIT304 Acquiring Library Materials II
LIT306 Reference Resources II
LIT314 Library Software
LIT316 Reference Processes
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
FPL485 Field Placement II for Library Technicians
LIT400 Professional Issues in Libraries
LIT403 Cataloguing IV
LIT408 Searching III
LIT416 Library Programs
LIT420 Human Relations in Libraries

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
LIT103 Cataloguing I
LIT104 Circulation
LIT108 Searching I
LIT150 Introducing Libraries
LIT100 LIT Introduction to Computer Applications
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 2
LIT203 Cataloguing II
LIT204 Acquiring Library Materials I
LIT206 Reference Resources I
LIT208 Searching II
LIT210 Library Promotions
LIT250 Placement and Work Skills
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
FPL385 Field Placement I for Library Technicians
LIT303 Cataloguing III
LIT304 Acquiring Library Materials II
LIT306 Reference Resources II
LIT314 Library Software
LIT316 Reference Processes
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
FPL485 Field Placement II for Library Technicians
LIT400 Professional Issues in Libraries
LIT403 Cataloguing IV
LIT408 Searching III
LIT416 Library Programs
LIT420 Human Relations in Libraries

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
LIT103 Cataloguing I 3
LIT104 Circulation 3
LIT108 Searching I 3
LIT150 Introducing Libraries 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LIT203 Cataloguing II 3
LIT204 Acquiring Library Materials I 3
LIT206 Reference Resources I 3
LIT208 Searching II 3
LIT210 Library Promotions 3
LIT250 Placement and Work Skills 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LIT303 Cataloguing III 3
LIT304 Acquiring Library Materials II 3
LIT306 Reference Resources II 3
LIT314 Library Software 3
LIT316 Reference Processes 3
FPL385 Field Placement I for Library Technicians
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FPL485 Field Placement II for Library Technicians
LIT400 Professional Issues in Libraries 3
LIT403 Cataloguing IV 3
LIT408 Searching III 3
LIT416 Library Programs 3
LIT420 Human Relations in Libraries 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shanda Reid
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22805
Shanda.Reid@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Ida.Yee@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Randy.Ramnanan@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Deborah Kay
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22744
Deborah.Kay@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
Wanda.Forsythe@senecacollege.ca
Additional Contacts:
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