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  • Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)

    Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)

Program Code:LITA
Duration:3 Semesters (12 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The focus of the 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 (CLA) and changes continuously to reflect the latest developments in the working world. The skill set at the completion of this program prepares you to take your place in the workforce and be productive immediately.


This accelerated program for those who have completed a three-year degree or post-secondary diploma and is delivered in three semesters. This is accomplished by delivering the first and second semester subjects in one semester. The first semester subjects are delivered during May and June over seven weeks, while the second semester subjects are offered in seven weeks during July and August. Third semester subjects in the Fall term and fourth semester subjects in the Winter term are offered in the standard 14-week format.

Field Placements

There are two field placements in the LIT 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:

  • A degree or post-secondary diploma from an accredited institution. Applicants with substantial completion (75%) of a degree may be considered.
  • Academic equivalents for four general arts education credits and College English
    • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS
  • English Proficiency at the post-secondary level


  • 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.


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Your Career

Your career as a library technician starts in just three semesters. 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.

Accelerated Delivery Mode

This accelerated version of the regular, four–semester library and information technician diploma program is intended for those who have previous post–secondary education and who have the ability to learn material presented in a rapid, condensed format. In the accelerated version, first and second semester courses are delivered in one semester. This is accomplished by delivering the content of the normally 14–week LIT courses in 7 weeks. First semester courses are offered during May and June, while second semester courses are offered during July and August. Third semester courses in the Fall term and fourth semester courses in the Winter term are offered in the standard 14–week semester format.

Affiliations and Associations

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

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


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.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 & 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LIT100 LIT Introduction to Computer Applications 2
LIT103 Cataloguing I 3
LIT104 Circulation 3
LIT108 Searching I 3
LIT150 Introducing Libraries 3
LIT203 Cataloguing II 3
LIT204 Acquiring Library Materials I 3
LIT206 Reference Resources I 3
LIT208 Searching II 3
LIT210 Library Promotions 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LIT250 Placement and Work Skills 2
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
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LIT400 Professional Issues in Libraries 3
LIT403 Cataloguing IV 3
LIT408 Searching III 3
LIT416 Library Programs 3
LIT420 Human Relations in Libraries 3
FPL485 Field Placement II for Library Technicians

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1 & 2
LIT Intro to Computer Applications
Cataloguing I
Searching I
Introducing Libraries
Cataloguing II
Acquiring Library Materials I
Reference Resources I
Searching II
Library Promotions
Semester 3
Placement and Work Skills
Cataloguing III
Acquiring Library Materials II
Reference Materials II
Library Software
Reference Processes
Field Placement
Semester 4
Professional Issues in Libraries
Cataloguing IV
Searching III
Library Programs
Human Relations in Libraries
Field Placement II

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Deborah Kay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22744
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
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