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.
In the workplace, diploma graduates are usually classified as library technicians. They often work under the direct supervision of a professional librarian, archivist, or more senior library technician. Library technicians sometimes supervise the work of clerical staff and other library technicians.
Sample employers include:
- Public libraries
- School districts
- Museums & archives
- Government agencies
- Research firms
- Business information centres
- 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.)
- Meet the prerequisites for ENGL 105.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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