Library and Information Technician

Ontario College Diploma (29 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0440X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Other Delivery Options

Full-time On Campus

Our Program

This Ontario College Diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the tasks performed in two main functional areas of libraries and information resource centres: technical services and public services. Technical services involve manual and automated operations related to acquiring, processing and organizing all types of informational material. Public services involve assisting or teaching clients in finding or using information resources, in print and electronic format.

Students test their knowledge and skills through field placements in schools, public, government and academic libraries, archives, records or information management organizations.

To qualify for this diploma, you must complete the program within eight years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy serving the public, working with teams and have good interpersonal skills.
  • Have good English communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Possess a good general education and knowledge of current events.
  • Are well-organized and have the ability to analyze information.
  • Pay attention to detail and work with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Are flexible, adaptable, self-motivated and work well independently.

Your Career

Graduates may secure employment at libraries, information centres, archives or in the field of records and information management. Employers range from school boards, universities, colleges, federal government departments, public libraries, non-profit organizations, law firms, hospitals and businesses. Duties may be limited to specific areas of technical or public service, or may cover the whole range of library activities, depending on the size of the library or information centre. A growing area of employment opportunity is in the information management field.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
Program Eligibility
  • English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Word processing and Windows Operating System skills are recommended prior to beginning the program.
POLICE RECORDS CHECK DOCUMENTATION

Successful completion of field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Library and Information Technician program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities may require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

FIELD PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your applications as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Coordinator or Academic Manager.

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
Program Eligibility
  • English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Word processing and Windows Operating System skills are recommended prior to beginning the program.
POLICE RECORDS CHECK DOCUMENTATION

Successful completion of field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Library and Information Technician program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities may require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

FIELD PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your applications as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Coordinator or Academic Manager.

Notes

This program is offered during the day for full-time students and during the evening/weekends for part-time students. Library and information technicians are often in contact with the public and frequently engage with others in a team environment. As such, interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing are considered crucial skills for our graduates.

Factors that determine the amount of time a student takes to complete the program include the number of courses a student is willing or able to undertake in one term, good planning in the selection of courses, and eligibility for already completed courses at a postsecondary level or relevant field experience.

In planning the sequence of their courses students are advised to take into consideration prerequisites for some of the courses and also the possibility that an advertised course may be cancelled due to low enrolment.

All required courses must be completed, within eight years, in order to obtain the Library and Information Technician Ontario College Diploma. Students must be aware that, over an extended period, requirements for the diploma may be revised due to changing needs in the workplace. A student who has not completed the program within eight years may be expected to complete a course that has been added to earlier requirements. Students who do not enroll in two consecutive terms must follow the current program of study when they resume their studies. However, students who have completed an earlier version of a course are not required to take the revised version when changes in a course are implemented over the eight year period.

Students may apply for transfer of academic credits from Algonquin College (internal transfer) or from other institutions (external transfer). College Directives AA09 and AA10 apply to transfer of credits. Students pay a fee for each course they wish to be exempt from and must provide course outlines and transcripts for the course substituted.

Students may apply for credit by challenging courses using Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). College Directive AA06 applies to PLAR.

Students pay a fee for each course they wish to be exempt from and, through either a portfolio or challenge examination, a PLAR may lead to the acceptance of work and life experience in lieu of taking certain courses.

There are two 3-week field placements in various types of libraries. For Part-time students, arrangements may sometimes be made through the program coordinator to accommodate work schedules.

Students are strongly encouraged to improve their French language skills to maximize job opportunities, particularly those available in the Ottawa area which require bilingualism. Students are tested and placed in the French course appropriate to their level. Students exceeding the program levels will be granted exemptions as appropriate.

Students in the program can select from one of the following “civics” courses:

  • ENV0002 - Environmental Citizenship
  • GEN5002 - Victimology
  • GEN2007 - Community Service
  • HIS2000 - Good times and bad – 70 years in life of Canada
CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Natalie Meggison at meggisn@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 5338.

For online courses, please email OL@algonquincollege.com or call 613-727-4723 ext. 3330 or toll-free 1-888-684-4444.

Courses

Online:Online Learning   On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
Series: 01
ENL1813S45.0Communications IOnline Learning On Campus
LIB200145.0Descriptive Cataloguing I

LIB2001 Descriptive Cataloguing I

The catalogue is the main finding aid to the collection of the library. Students learn the basic principles and concepts of international standards used to describe library materials. Students apply these cataloguing standards. Focus is on original cataloguing of monographic literature.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB202645.0Archives and Records ManagementBlank Icon On Campus
LIB200245.0Reference I

LIB2002 Reference I

Learning to find information and support clients on how to use the library are important skills for library work. Students develop skills in communicating with clients, providing research support, finding and evaluating information in a variety of print and online sources. In addition, students practise procedures and follow policies used in library reference departments to manage requests and handle challenging situations.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB200345.0Introduction to Libraries

LIB2003 Introduction to Libraries

Students learn about the different kinds of libraries, their departments and the services they offer their clientele. Of particular emphasis are the programs and services provided by libraries. Students explore different fundamental topics within library work, such as literacy, censorship, copyright, and freedom of information. Included are visits to local library settings which complement the learning.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB202545.0Acquisitions

LIB2025 Acquisitions

A library depends upon effective ordering of books, magazines and electronic resources to serve their clientele. Students practise procedures for selecting, ordering and receiving library materials. In addition, students learn how to follow record keeping procedures, choose appropriate vendors, maintain accounts and handle receipt and payment discrepancies.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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Elective Group A: choose 1
FLS300048.0French as a Second Language Beginner I

FLS3000 French as a Second Language Beginner I

Learning French is essential to understand and communicate in workplace environments. Students develop basic level abilities in reading, listening and speaking through active participation in a wide range of communication activities. Through the acquisition of basic French grammar, students give and receive personal and work-related information, describe surrounding objects and people by using very simple sentences and by asking and giving directions. Active participation in-class is required.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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FLS300148.0French as a Second Language Beginner II

FLS3001 French as a Second Language Beginner II

Success in bilingual postsecondary institutions and in the workplace rests upon good French language skills. Students increase reading, listening and speaking skills while using their program-related basic vocabulary to enhance their understanding of workplace French as they complete a wide range of assignments. Students explore sentence structure and grammar in order to write simple sentences, describe daily tasks in the present tense and explain their plans using the near future tense. Active participation in class is required.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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Series: 02
ENL005145.0Readers' Advisory Services: Children and Youth

ENL0051 Readers' Advisory Services: Children and Youth

Literacy is an essential life-long skill that school and public libraries are uniquely positioned to help children and youth develop. Using a life-stage approach, students familiarize themselves with a broad range of books and other library material that they can promote to their future patrons while utilizing their knowledge of child and teen literacy development. In addition, students create, market and deliver library programs targeting various age groups. Learning how to place the right books in the right hands at the right moment ensures students become valuable and contributing members of their community.

Pre-requisites: ENL1813S

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB202145.0Descriptive Cataloguing IIBlank Icon On Campus
LIB202245.0Subject Analysis and Indexing

LIB2022 Subject Analysis and Indexing

The catalogue provides access to the collection of a library by assigning subject headings to each of the cataloguing records. Students learn the theory of subject analysis developed by the professional community and how to use some of the more common subject heading lists found in Canadian libraries.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB202345.0Information Retrieval

LIB2023 Information Retrieval

Clients require up-to-date, reliable and often scholarly information, which can be found in online databases. Students learn how to best search these databases, and to teach clients how to use them. Students learn techniques for finding the best information, quickly and effectively. In addition, students learn policies and procedures for lending and borrowing material from other libraries and copyright implications of handling electronic documents.

Pre-requisites: LIB2002

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB202445.0Internet Applications

LIB2024 Internet Applications

Libraries rely on Internet tools and resources to provide service to their clients and to communicate with their clients. Students learn about effective internet research strategies, innovative social media tools and learn how to create a website. Students develop web pages using the latest standards for accessible web design.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB202045.0Client Services

LIB2020 Client Services

Providing excellent customer service is an important aspect of library or information work. Students learn effective methods for helping clients at various service points, including circulation, information and outreach services. Case studies, in-class discussion and learning activities focus on meeting the needs of library users. In addition, students are introduced to the importance of adhering to provincial and/or municipal regulated accessibility legislation. Finally, students learn current practices in the profession from guest speakers.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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Elective Group B: choose 1
FLS300148.0French as a Second Language Beginner II

FLS3001 French as a Second Language Beginner II

Success in bilingual postsecondary institutions and in the workplace rests upon good French language skills. Students increase reading, listening and speaking skills while using their program-related basic vocabulary to enhance their understanding of workplace French as they complete a wide range of assignments. Students explore sentence structure and grammar in order to write simple sentences, describe daily tasks in the present tense and explain their plans using the near future tense. Active participation in class is required.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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FLS300248.0French as a Second Language Beginner III

FLS3002 French as a Second Language Beginner III

Clear and accurate communication skills in French lead to academic and career success. Students receive extensive feedback from instructors to improve comprehension and develop strategies for effective communication in the workplace and in postsecondary environments. Students communicate basic personal information using common and familiar words, as well as formulaic expressions, in response to simple questions about immediate needs, such as greetings and other goodwill messages. They read and understand short adapted texts using everyday vocabulary. Active participation in class is required.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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Series: 03
ENL006945.0Professional Communication for Library Technicians

ENL0069 Professional Communication for Library Technicians

Communicating clearly to different audiences for different purposes is a skill required for success in the workplace. Students refine writing, speaking, reading, listening, research and oral presentation skills for the cultural sector. Students learn to compose and format standard business correspondence, reports, proposals, flyers and brochures.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB203136.0Descriptive Cataloguing III

LIB2031 Descriptive Cataloguing III

The catalogue provides access to online electronic resources, as well as the physical collection of the library. Students learn how to catalogue electronic resources using international standards from the library and internet communities. Practical skills are acquired.

Pre-requisites: LIB2001

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB203236.0Dewey Decimal Classification

LIB2032 Dewey Decimal Classification

Classification provides access to the collection of the library through shelving the physical material by subject as indicated by the call number of the individual item. Students learn the theoretical framework used by the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme. Emphasis is on how to apply the scheme. Students acquire practical skills in how to classify library materials.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB203336.0Reference II: Special TopicsBlank Icon On Campus
LIB203436.0Emerging Library Technologies

LIB2034 Emerging Library Technologies

Libraries use a variety of technology to retrieve, manage and organize digital content for their clients. Students learn about the latest trends in library-related and other information tools. In addition, students assess and gain practical experience with various software, web and mobile tools.

Pre-requisites: LIB2023

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB203536.0Basics of Library Management

LIB2035 Basics of Library Management

Libraries are organizations that require management of their staff and resources. Students learn about planning, supervising people, employment laws and budgeting. Students practise skills in managing library resources and staff.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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Electives: 1 with Departmental Approval
LIB2030108.0Field Work IBlank Icon On Campus
LIB2038108.0Directed Research Seminar

LIB2038 Directed Research Seminar

Libraries often use surveys, focus groups or other research methodologies to determine how well they are performing and serving their clients. Through a small research project, led by faculty members, students learn research methodology and engage in a variety of activities, such as writing research proposals, conducting surveys, analyzing results and writing reports. Course activities vary depending on the nature of the research project.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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Choose one from equivalencies:
GED044045.0General Education ElectiveBlank Icon Blank Icon
Series: 04
ENL005336.0Readers' Advisory Services: AdultsBlank Icon On Campus
LIB204136.0Special Collections

LIB2041 Special Collections

Understanding the history of the book trade gives students a great appreciation of our cultural heritage. Students learn about aspects of physical bibliography, the book trade, preservation and conservation of books, as well as how to exhibit such material. Students develop an understanding on the history of the book and conservation of historical material.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB204236.0Library of Congress Classification

LIB2042 Library of Congress Classification

Classification provides access to the collection of the library through shelving the physical material by subject as indicated by the call number of the individual item. Students learn the theoretical framework used by the Library of Congress Classification scheme. Emphasis is on how to apply the scheme. Students acquire practical skills in how to classify library materials.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB204336.0Reference III: Science and Technology

LIB2043 Reference III: Science and Technology

Libraries provide support to many different subject areas, including science, medicine and technology. Students learn the different print and online resources, and different client service requirements in scientific or medical libraries, to assist clients with finding accurate, current and good quality materials. Students practise teaching clients how to use reference resources in real-life scenarios.

Pre-requisites: LIB2002

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB204436.0Marketing

LIB2044 Marketing

Libraries and information centres need to market their services and demonstrate their value, to their customers and to their funders, in order to survive and grow. Students apply marketing theory and techniques to develop a marketing plan. Students gain experience in marketing a product or service of a library or information centre.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB204536.0Library Software

LIB2045 Library Software

Libraries rely on a computerized library system to handle the operations in a library, including cataloguing, checking books in and out and handling the book ordering. Students gain hands-on practice using a library system. Students also learn about additional software, such as productivity, collaboration and client engagement tools.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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LIB2047108.0Field Work IIBlank Icon On Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ENL1813S Communications I

Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments.

LIB2001 Descriptive Cataloguing I

The catalogue is the main finding aid to the collection of the library. Students learn the basic principles and concepts of international standards used to describe library materials. Students apply these cataloguing standards. Focus is on original cataloguing of monographic literature.

LIB2026 Archives and Records Management

Students can find employment in a variety of information related fields, such as archives, records and information management departments. Students learn the principles and methods used by archivists, record and information managers in organizing their collections for better access and retrieval. Skills such as the preservation of records, development of an essential records program, disaster contingency planning, research and reference services, marketing and public programming and basic management practices are covered.

LIB2002 Reference I

Learning to find information and support clients on how to use the library are important skills for library work. Students develop skills in communicating with clients, providing research support, finding and evaluating information in a variety of print and online sources. In addition, students practise procedures and follow policies used in library reference departments to manage requests and handle challenging situations.

LIB2003 Introduction to Libraries

Students learn about the different kinds of libraries, their departments and the services they offer their clientele. Of particular emphasis are the programs and services provided by libraries. Students explore different fundamental topics within library work, such as literacy, censorship, copyright, and freedom of information. Included are visits to local library settings which complement the learning.

LIB2025 Acquisitions

A library depends upon effective ordering of books, magazines and electronic resources to serve their clientele. Students practise procedures for selecting, ordering and receiving library materials. In addition, students learn how to follow record keeping procedures, choose appropriate vendors, maintain accounts and handle receipt and payment discrepancies.

FLS3000 French as a Second Language Beginner I

Learning French is essential to understand and communicate in workplace environments. Students develop basic level abilities in reading, listening and speaking through active participation in a wide range of communication activities. Through the acquisition of basic French grammar, students give and receive personal and work-related information, describe surrounding objects and people by using very simple sentences and by asking and giving directions. Active participation in-class is required.

FLS3001 French as a Second Language Beginner II

Success in bilingual postsecondary institutions and in the workplace rests upon good French language skills. Students increase reading, listening and speaking skills while using their program-related basic vocabulary to enhance their understanding of workplace French as they complete a wide range of assignments. Students explore sentence structure and grammar in order to write simple sentences, describe daily tasks in the present tense and explain their plans using the near future tense. Active participation in class is required.

ENL0051 Readers' Advisory Services: Children and Youth

Literacy is an essential life-long skill that school and public libraries are uniquely positioned to help children and youth develop. Using a life-stage approach, students familiarize themselves with a broad range of books and other library material that they can promote to their future patrons while utilizing their knowledge of child and teen literacy development. In addition, students create, market and deliver library programs targeting various age groups. Learning how to place the right books in the right hands at the right moment ensures students become valuable and contributing members of their community.

Pre-requisites: ENL1813S

LIB2021 Descriptive Cataloguing II

Library collections hold a variety of materials in addition to publications in print. Students learn how to apply the basic cataloguing principles and concepts to different physical formats, such as maps, graphics, music and film.

Pre-requisites: LIB2001

LIB2022 Subject Analysis and Indexing

The catalogue provides access to the collection of a library by assigning subject headings to each of the cataloguing records. Students learn the theory of subject analysis developed by the professional community and how to use some of the more common subject heading lists found in Canadian libraries.

LIB2023 Information Retrieval

Clients require up-to-date, reliable and often scholarly information, which can be found in online databases. Students learn how to best search these databases, and to teach clients how to use them. Students learn techniques for finding the best information, quickly and effectively. In addition, students learn policies and procedures for lending and borrowing material from other libraries and copyright implications of handling electronic documents.

Pre-requisites: LIB2002

LIB2024 Internet Applications

Libraries rely on Internet tools and resources to provide service to their clients and to communicate with their clients. Students learn about effective internet research strategies, innovative social media tools and learn how to create a website. Students develop web pages using the latest standards for accessible web design.

LIB2020 Client Services

Providing excellent customer service is an important aspect of library or information work. Students learn effective methods for helping clients at various service points, including circulation, information and outreach services. Case studies, in-class discussion and learning activities focus on meeting the needs of library users. In addition, students are introduced to the importance of adhering to provincial and/or municipal regulated accessibility legislation. Finally, students learn current practices in the profession from guest speakers.

FLS3001 French as a Second Language Beginner II

Success in bilingual postsecondary institutions and in the workplace rests upon good French language skills. Students increase reading, listening and speaking skills while using their program-related basic vocabulary to enhance their understanding of workplace French as they complete a wide range of assignments. Students explore sentence structure and grammar in order to write simple sentences, describe daily tasks in the present tense and explain their plans using the near future tense. Active participation in class is required.

FLS3002 French as a Second Language Beginner III

Clear and accurate communication skills in French lead to academic and career success. Students receive extensive feedback from instructors to improve comprehension and develop strategies for effective communication in the workplace and in postsecondary environments. Students communicate basic personal information using common and familiar words, as well as formulaic expressions, in response to simple questions about immediate needs, such as greetings and other goodwill messages. They read and understand short adapted texts using everyday vocabulary. Active participation in class is required.

ENL0069 Professional Communication for Library Technicians

Communicating clearly to different audiences for different purposes is a skill required for success in the workplace. Students refine writing, speaking, reading, listening, research and oral presentation skills for the cultural sector. Students learn to compose and format standard business correspondence, reports, proposals, flyers and brochures.

LIB2031 Descriptive Cataloguing III

The catalogue provides access to online electronic resources, as well as the physical collection of the library. Students learn how to catalogue electronic resources using international standards from the library and internet communities. Practical skills are acquired.

Pre-requisites: LIB2001

LIB2032 Dewey Decimal Classification

Classification provides access to the collection of the library through shelving the physical material by subject as indicated by the call number of the individual item. Students learn the theoretical framework used by the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme. Emphasis is on how to apply the scheme. Students acquire practical skills in how to classify library materials.

LIB2033 Reference II: Special Topics

Learning to find information and support clients on how to use the library are important skills for library workers. Students build on their skills in researching information and providing service to clients, with a focus on specialized topics. Through working with print and electronic resources, students practise answering questions in the areas of business, law and government information. In addition, students develop subject specific guides to information for clients, and document information about changes to Canadian legislation.

Pre-requisites: LIB2002

LIB2034 Emerging Library Technologies

Libraries use a variety of technology to retrieve, manage and organize digital content for their clients. Students learn about the latest trends in library-related and other information tools. In addition, students assess and gain practical experience with various software, web and mobile tools.

Pre-requisites: LIB2023

LIB2035 Basics of Library Management

Libraries are organizations that require management of their staff and resources. Students learn about planning, supervising people, employment laws and budgeting. Students practise skills in managing library resources and staff.

LIB2030 Field Work I

Employers look for library and information technicians who have relevant work experience and can apply their learning to the workplace. Through integrating with the ongoing work or projects of a supervising library or information management centre, students adapt and apply what they have learned to the workplace, over a full-time three week placement. The field placement coordinator arranges student placements and works with employers to arrange work requirements and schedules.

Pre-requisites: LIB2001 or LIB2002 or LIB2003 or LIB2004 or LIB2021 or LIB2025 or ENL1813S

LIB2038 Directed Research Seminar

Libraries often use surveys, focus groups or other research methodologies to determine how well they are performing and serving their clients. Through a small research project, led by faculty members, students learn research methodology and engage in a variety of activities, such as writing research proposals, conducting surveys, analyzing results and writing reports. Course activities vary depending on the nature of the research project.

GED0440 General Education Elective

Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED6022 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003

ENL0053 Readers' Advisory Services: Adults

Knowing the characteristics of literature/film genres is required for those employed in libraries. Students become familiar with and learn how to market fiction and non-fiction library materials available to adults. Students further develop their communication skills through writing, speaking, reading, listening, research and oral presentation activities and assignments.

Pre-requisites: ENL1813S

LIB2041 Special Collections

Understanding the history of the book trade gives students a great appreciation of our cultural heritage. Students learn about aspects of physical bibliography, the book trade, preservation and conservation of books, as well as how to exhibit such material. Students develop an understanding on the history of the book and conservation of historical material.

LIB2042 Library of Congress Classification

Classification provides access to the collection of the library through shelving the physical material by subject as indicated by the call number of the individual item. Students learn the theoretical framework used by the Library of Congress Classification scheme. Emphasis is on how to apply the scheme. Students acquire practical skills in how to classify library materials.

LIB2043 Reference III: Science and Technology

Libraries provide support to many different subject areas, including science, medicine and technology. Students learn the different print and online resources, and different client service requirements in scientific or medical libraries, to assist clients with finding accurate, current and good quality materials. Students practise teaching clients how to use reference resources in real-life scenarios.

Pre-requisites: LIB2002

LIB2044 Marketing

Libraries and information centres need to market their services and demonstrate their value, to their customers and to their funders, in order to survive and grow. Students apply marketing theory and techniques to develop a marketing plan. Students gain experience in marketing a product or service of a library or information centre.

LIB2045 Library Software

Libraries rely on a computerized library system to handle the operations in a library, including cataloguing, checking books in and out and handling the book ordering. Students gain hands-on practice using a library system. Students also learn about additional software, such as productivity, collaboration and client engagement tools.

LIB2047 Field Work II

Students practise their skills in a workplace. Students are provided with the opportunity to experience a different type of library or information management centre, and to apply a different skill set to that workplace.

Pre-requisites: LIB2030