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Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)

Available: Summer

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.



3 Semesters (12 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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.

Program Costs


Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

Stacy Chan 416.491.5050 ext. 22806

Student Recruitment

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Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

Deborah Kay 416.491.5050 ext. 22744

Program Chair

Wanda Forsythe 416.491.5050 ext. 22745

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network