Library and Information Technology Diploma
The Library and Information Technology (LIBIT) diploma program prepares graduate library technicians for work in a wide range of information centres and libraries. This program is recognized by the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and was developed according to CLA’s Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians. Diploma graduates are usually designated library technicians or library assistants and often work under the direction of an information specialist such as a librarian or a more senior library technician. Library technicians are qualified to supervise the work of clerical staff and other library technicians.
The diploma program includes technical courses and computer labs in subjects required to develop the skills necessary for work in information centres and libraries. Students graduate with a Library and Information Technology diploma and may choose to complete an additional concentration in Records Management, Systems Technology or Youth Services.
The most effective library and information centre employees are interested in both books and non-print materials such as electronic resources accessed via the Internet. They are interested in serving the information needs of people who seek accurate and timely resources for career, professional, educational or recreational purposes. It is essential that graduate library technicians possess a broad basis of general knowledge, an extensive vocabulary, competence in the use of the English language, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, excellent computer and information management skills and be detail oriented. In addition, library technicians must have an ongoing interest in lifelong learning for personal and professional growth and development.
The Library and Information Technology diploma program curriculum consists of a combination of academic and applied courses. Full time on campus students can expect to complete the program in two years. Students who enrol in the program on a part time basis or students choosing to complete the program through online course delivery only will extend this to 3 to 5 years. The program must be completed within 5 years of the student's acceptance term. If credit for some of the required arts/sciences or applied courses can be transferred from other post-secondary institutions, you may have a lighter course load, or take additional courses of your choice. At least 25% of credits for completion of the Library and Information Technology diploma program must have been earned at UFV in order for you to receive a diploma from this institution.
Program at a Glance
Currently, there are 21 regularly offered courses in the Library and Information Technology Program, 13 of which are required core courses. In addition, diploma students are required to take at least one other LIBIT elective and an additional 5-7 courses from other areas of study (including Computer Information Systems). The academic and applied courses listed specifically as requirements of the program have been selected to provide basic knowledge in a wide variety of subject areas, necessary for people who intend to work in libraries and information centres.
All students in the diploma program, regardless of option, will be required to take the core courses:
- LIBT 100 Introduction to Information Services
- LIBT 115 Descriptive Cataloguing Techniques
- LIBT 120 Introduction to Technical Services
- LIBT 130 Introduction to Classification Systems
- LIBT 135 Introduction to Subject Analysis
- LIBT 140 Introduction to Reference Services
- LIBT 145 Internet Information Retrieval
- LIBT 161 Work Place Site Visits
- LIBT 200 Information and Society
- LIBT 205 Supervision in Information Centres
- LIBT 220 Database Management and Software Implementation
- LIBT 240 Media in Information Centres
- LIBT 265 Work Experience Practicum
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Within these parameters, students can specialize their studies by concentrating their electives in specific areas. These concentrations are:
Students can also supplement their academic education with a Co-op Option that bridges practical experience with classroom learning. This option provides students with opportunities for networking and building work experience.
For more details on courses, see the official calendar description.