Library and Information Technology
The Library and Information Technology diploma program is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2016 (May to August) and Fall 2016 (September to December) intakes. Space is extremely limited in Summer 2016, so apply now if you are wishing to start classes in May.
After May 1, 2016, we will continue to accept applications for FALL 2016, but will also begin to accept applications for Winter 2017 (January to April).
To apply to Summer or Fall semesters, visit www.ufv.ca and click on the "Apply Now" note in the upper right corner.
Need flexibility? The Library and Information Technology program is offered for both local and distance students. Required and elective LIBIT program courses are presented on the UFV Abbotsford campus and through rotating online course delivery. The program may be completed either full or part time. Typically a full time on campus student will take 2 years to complete the diploma. Part time and distance students will typically take between 3 and 5 years to complete the program. The program must be completed within 5 years of the first term of acceptance.
NOTE: Students who reside within the Metro Vancouver/Lower Mainland region are required to write scheduled midterm and final exams on the Abbotsford Campus. In addition, these students may be ocasionally required to access some resources located on the Abbotsford campus. Students who reside outside the Metro Vancouver/Lower Mainland region may choose to write their exams on the Abbotsford Campus or through invigilation at a designated post-secondary institution. All exams must be written on the date and time established either by the course instructor or, in the case of final exams, according to the UFV final exam schedule for each semester.
Library Technician Post-Diploma Certificate
We are excited to offer the Library Technician Post-diploma certificate program! The Library Technician Post-Diploma Certificate is a part time program designed for graduate library technicians seeking continuing education opportunities that directly address issues relating to their profession. Offered jointly with the Library and Information Technology and Continuing Studies departments, this program is specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Each course is delivered online over 8 weeks. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and students will be allowed to enrol in the next course available.
Coming in FALL 2016:
LIBT 385: Information Rights: Privacy and Freedoms
Registration for this course will open in June and continue until the class is full. There is a maximum of 20 students per class so register early to avoid disappointment.
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What is Library and Information Technology?
Library and information technology is an area of study that examines various aspects of information and its management. One may also hear the terms “library science” and “knowledge management” used to describe this field of study.
Generally, library and information technology looks at how information is used, organized, described, and accessed with the ultimate purpose of getting people in touch with the information they need. Libraries, housing a variety of materials including books and electronic records are one of the largest employers of graduates from this field. However, there are many other diverse areas that can apply the skills of library and information technology graduates. Any environment that manages information, whether it is electronic or print, can be referred to as an information centre. Such centres exist in the public, non-profit and corporate sectors.
To the surprise of many, libraries have incorporated computer innovation to manage information since computers were first developed. Those who work in this field have strong computer experience and knowledge as it pertains to the acquisition and management of information. The use of technology facilitates the industry’s ability to serve the informational needs of its clientele.
Anyone with an interest in linking people with the information will find this an exciting and innovative area of work. The Library and Information Technology program at UFV offers a range of courses that allow you to explore various aspects of the field including information technology, records management, services for children and young adults and much, much more!