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  • Library and Information Technician

    Library and Information Technician

Program Code:LIT
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The focus of this program is practical and experience-based, whether in class, working independently on assignments or in field placements. Your educational experience includes a high proportion of time using computers and software specific to the library and information industry. The curriculum is based on the Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians produced by the Canadian Library Association and changes continuously to reflect the latest developments in the working world. The skill set at the completion of this program prepares graduates to take their place in the workforce and be productive immediately.

Field Placements

There are two field placements in the Library and Information Technician diploma program, each three weeks in length. Students will have placements scheduled in special libraries, public libraries and/or in school or academic libraries. The program assigns placements with input from the student. A police check is required for many libraries.

Required Keyboarding Speeds

  • 30 w.p.m. (net) for first field placement
  • 35 w.p.m. (net) for graduation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Strong computer skills.


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Your Career

Bringing together people, information and materials, library technicians meet the challenges of a constantly changing information environment. To do this, they use the latest technologies to organize and retrieve information, and, along with librarians, they are the mainstay of libraries. They are service-oriented, work with minimal supervision and are adaptable to change. As a graduate of this diploma program, you may find work in various environments such as business corporations, professional firms, colleges, schools and public libraries.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Canadian Library Association
  • Ontario Association of Library Technicians/Association des Bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario
  • Ontario Library Association
  • Special Libraries Association

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts - Governance, Law and Management
• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
University of New Brunswick• Bachelor of Applied Management (General Business)

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
LIT100 LIT Introduction to Computer Applications 2
LIT103 Cataloguing I 3
LIT104 Circulation 3
LIT108 Searching I 3
LIT150 Introducing Libraries 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LIT203 Cataloguing II 3
LIT204 Acquiring Library Materials I 3
LIT206 Reference Resources I 3
LIT208 Searching II 3
LIT210 Library Promotions 3
LIT250 Placement and Work Skills 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LIT303 Cataloguing III 3
LIT304 Acquiring Library Materials II 3
LIT306 Reference Resources II 3
LIT314 Library Software 3
LIT316 Reference Processes 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
FPL385 Field Placement I for Library Technicians
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LIT400 Professional Issues in Libraries 3
LIT403 Cataloguing IV 3
LIT408 Searching III 3
LIT416 Library Programs 3
LIT420 Human Relations in Libraries 3
FPL485 Field Placement II for Library Technicians

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
LIT Intro to Computer Applications
Cataloguing I
Searching I
Introducing Libraries
Semester 2
Cataloguing II
Acquiring Library Materials I
Reference Resources I
Searching II
Library Promotions
Placement and Work Skills
General Education Option
Semester 3
Cataloguing III
Acquiring Library Materials II
Reference Resources II
Library Software
Reference Processes
General Education Option
Field Placement I
Semester 4
Professional Issues in Libraries
Cataloguing IV
Searching III
Library Programs
Human Relations in Libraries
Field Placement II

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Deborah Kay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22744
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
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