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Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)

Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)

Program Code:LITA
Campus:Newnham
Duration:3 Semesters (12 Months)
Offered:Summer
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.

Accelerated

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

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

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):

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
LIT100 LIT Introduction to Computer Applications
LIT103 Cataloguing I
LIT104 Circulation
LIT108 Searching I
LIT150 Introducing Libraries
LIT203 Cataloguing II
LIT204 Acquiring Library Materials I
LIT206 Reference Resources I
LIT208 Searching II
LIT210 Library Promotions
 
Semester 2
FPL385 Field Placement I for Library Technicians
LIT250 Placement and Work Skills
LIT303 Cataloguing III
LIT304 Acquiring Library Materials II
LIT306 Reference Resources II
LIT314 Library Software
LIT316 Reference Processes
 
Semester 3
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
LIT100 LIT Introduction to Computer Applications
LIT103 Cataloguing I
LIT104 Circulation
LIT108 Searching I
LIT150 Introducing Libraries
LIT203 Cataloguing II
LIT204 Acquiring Library Materials I
LIT206 Reference Resources I
LIT208 Searching II
LIT210 Library Promotions
 
Semester 2
FPL385 Field Placement I for Library Technicians
LIT250 Placement and Work Skills
LIT303 Cataloguing III
LIT304 Acquiring Library Materials II
LIT306 Reference Resources II
LIT314 Library Software
LIT316 Reference Processes
 
Semester 3
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

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
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