Library and Information Technician

Ontario College Diploma | Code: 1191

About the program

This program has been designed to meet the needs of individuals already working in libraries or other information services who want to upgrade their qualifications. A career in libraries or the information service industry demands a wide range of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Through theory and hands-on practice, students will learn to acquire, organize, produce, retrieve and disseminate information in print and electronic formats. This program is equivalent to the two-year, full-time Library and Information Technician programs offered at other community colleges, but the part-time, online delivery enables you to learn without interrupting your current employment.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 7 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), general or advanced level, or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Grade 12 Compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent.
  • Library or information services experience is strongly recommended.

Note re: admission requirements

You will be sent an Admission Requirements form when you register for LIBR1000 Introduction to Libraries and the Information Industry. You must sign and return this form to indicate that you have met the program's admission requirements.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • 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 wordprocessing and (ultimately) desktop publishing facilities.
  • Develop and implement simple database and indexing systems for special collections.
  • Apply the basic principles of effective supervision including planning, recruitment, selection, training, motivation, delegation and time management.
  • Apply basic troubleshooting methods and hardware component upgrading skills.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
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