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  • Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)

    Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)

Program Code:LITA
Duration:3 Semesters (12 Months)
Start Dates:Summer,
Start dates are subject to change
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 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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Acquire book and non-book materials using manual and automated procedures for bibliographic verification, vendor selection, order production, and fund management.
  • Derive, edit and/or create catalogue records using AACR2, LCSH, and DDC using MARC coding in national bibliographic utilities, CO-ROM, and microcomputer based systems.
  • Analyze information requests, select appropriate reference sources, develop search strategies, conduct searches and present results using print, on-line and CD-ROM formats.
  • Maintain serials control and circulation systems in manual, microcomputer and minicomputer environments.
  • Develop and prepare promotional materials, bibliographies, and reports using word-processing and (ultimately) desktop publishing facilities.
  • Develop and implement simple database and indexing systems for special collections.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Substantial completion of a recognized degree or completion of a post secondary diploma from an accredited institution.
  • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
  • Academic equivalents for three general education credits and for EAC150.
  • English proficiency at the college level.
  • See Accelerated Delivery Mode section.

Applicant Selection:

  • Students must possess good English skills, both written and oral. Applicant selection may include the assessment of English skills/ proficiency.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
    • Strong interpersonal skills;
    • Strong computer skills.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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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 LIT diploma program, you may find work in various environments such as business corporations, professional firms, colleges, schools, and public libraries.


An accelerated program for those who have completed a three-year degree or post secondary diploma.

(The standard program is LIT.)

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 semester and fourth semester courses in the winter semester 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

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

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

Field Placements

There are two field placements in the LITA diploma program, each three weeks long. The program assigns the placements in one or more types of libraries (academic, public, school, special) for each student. Vulnerable police checks are required.

Required Typing Speeds: 30 w.p.m. (net) for first field placement; 35 w.p.m. (net) for graduation.

Important Academic Dates

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A student receives a new timetable each semester. All courses are automatically entered on a student's timetable. There are no choices of courses, and/or days and times. Failure to successfully complete courses in a semester will alter the normal progression and timeline for the diploma.

Semester 1 & 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ICA001 Introduction to Computers and 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
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

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shanda Reid
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22805
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
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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“I would like to compliment the LIT faculty on the excellence of the LIT program. The instructors are all knowledgeable, experienced, organized and thorough, and all of the courses are highly relevant and extremely interesting. Thank you for making my time at Seneca so pleasant and so informative.”

Natalie E. Briggs
Library and Information Technician Program (Accelerated)

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