Library and Information Technology

Library and Information Technology

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Diploma

Duration:
2-5 years

Format:
Full time, Part time

How to apply

Start date:
January, September, May 

Location:
Abbotsford campus, Online

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Flexible learning: Complete the program with online and in-classroom course options
  • Specialization options to customize your learning experience
  • Program eligible for financial aid

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Library and Information Technology diploma program prepares graduates to work in a wide range of libraries and other information centres. The program is recognized by the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and was developed according to its Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians.

The program includes technical courses and computer labs that help students to develop the complex skills necessary to work in today's information centres. Students graduate with a Diploma in Library and Information Technology and may choose to complete an additional, six credit concentration in Systems Technology, Youth Services, or Records Management.

The most effective library technicians are interested in both books and non-print materials, especially electronic resources accessed via licensed databases and the Internet. They are committed to serving the needs of customers, clients, and patrons who seek accurate and timely information for any purpose. It is essential that technicians possess excellent interpersonal, communications, computer, and information management skills. In addition, they must have an ongoing interest in developing customer service and technology-related skills in order to keep up with changes in the industry and to help further their careers.

Students may choose to complete the program on the Abbotsford Campus or online.

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

In the 21st century, libraries do more than simply providing access to materials such as books, CDs, DVDs, and periodicals. In fact, libraries are reinventing themselves as providers of digital content, makerspaces, community meeting places, and centres for literacy. To work in this dynamic environment, both technical and people skills are necessary to organize information, manage it, and make it accessible to customers and patrons.

Typically, library technicians provide frontline public services, such as:

  • Circulating, reserving, and maintaining materials in physical and digital collections;
  • Giving general information and readers' advisory;
  • Delivering literacy and recreational programs to children and adults;
  • And cataloging and classifying resources such as ebooks, digital sound files, and streaming video.

The UFV Library Information Technology diploma is a high-quality, entry-level qualification from an accredited university. With this credential, graduates can apply for selected jobs in various publicly and privately funded organizations, such as public, academic, school, and special libraries, museums, archives, and records management departments.

In addition to library technician, common job titles include library assistant, reference assistant, customer service assistant, archives technician, archives assistant, and records management clerk.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent. (If applying as a "mature student" 19 years or older without high school graduation, attach a 250-500 word letter describing your interest, qualifications, and/or experience.)
  2. Meet the prerequisites for ENGL 105.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

UPGRADING OPTIONS

Upgrade your skills at your own pace online. There are only five courses available that can be completed in any order. Visit UFV Continuing Education or contact 1.888.504.7331 local 4582 or libitinfo@ufv.ca for more information.

The Library Technician Post-Diploma Certificate is a part time program designed for 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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Use a variety of software applications to acquire, process, and organize information
  • Type a minimum of 45 words per minute
  • Work effectively in a team and as an individual
  • Analyze information requests and determine appropriate responses
  • Critically evaluate print and electronic sources according to standardized criteria.
  • Respect the legal, ethical and moral issues relating to information work
  • Exercise a deep commitment to providing excellent customer service
  • Develop effective strategies for locating sources of information
  • Ability to provide administrative support through statistical compilations, processing invoices, and clerical activities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated through report writing, presentations, procedures and email communications
  • Familiarity with the proper creation, maintenance, use and disposal of files and documents
  • Describe and classify materials based on current cataloging and classification standards and techniques
  • Effectively carry out all key stages in the academic research process
  • Comfortable using office equipment including faxes, scanners, photocopiers, etc.

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Phone: 604-854-4582
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441
Email: libitinfo@ufv.ca
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