What to Expect as a LIBIT Student
Workload and Classroom Expectations
All Library and Information Technology courses are taught at the Abbotsford campus and online. Most of these courses require extensive use of the UFV Library (in-person/online) and computer labs. A broad basis of general knowledge, an extensive vocabulary, and competence in the use of the English language are essential. Courses in this program emphasize the development of good communication skills through both oral and written assignments and activities.
A typical full-time student will carry a workload of up to five courses per semester. For each hour spent in class, you can expect to spend an average of two hours in out-of-class work, which often involves using a personal computer, the computer lab and/or the UFV library. You should be prepared for a heavy course of study, with assignments due on a weekly basis. You are expected to attend/participate in all classes.
Students of the program are expected to maintain a minimum GPA. According to UFV policy, you may be required to withdraw from a course or program because of extremely poor academic performance. This is to ensure that the becomes student successfully competent in this field of work. Please refer to the practicum guidelines for more information on LIBIT's field placement requirements
LIBIT diploma students who chose to study on campus will be expected to take at least one course online through the university's learning management system (Blackboard).
The following sample of the outgoing competencies of our graduates should provide some context for the type of education you will receive:
- 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 cataloguing 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.