Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)
|Duration:||3 Semesters (12 Months)|
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
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.
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.
- 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.
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
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|York University||• Any relevant degree or major|
Important Academic Dates
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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|
|LIT204||Acquiring Library Materials I||3|
|LIT206||Reference Resources I||3|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LIT250||Placement and Work Skills||2|
|LIT304||Acquiring Library Materials II||3|
|LIT306||Reference Resources II||3|
|FPL385||Field Placement I for Library Technicians|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LIT400||Professional Issues in Libraries||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|
|Acquiring Library Materials I|
|Reference Resources I|
|Placement and Work Skills|
|Acquiring Library Materials II|
|Reference Materials II|
|Professional Issues in Libraries|
|Human Relations in Libraries|
|Field Placement II|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
|International Admissions Advisor:||Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
|Program Coordinator:||Deborah Kay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22744
|Program Chair:||Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745