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  • Library and Information Technician

    Library and Information Technician

Program Code:LIT
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The focus of the 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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Acquire book and non-book materials using manual and automated procedures for bibliographic verification, vendor selection, order production, and fund management.
  • Derive, edit and/or create catalogue records using AACR2, LCSH, and DDC using MARC coding in national bibliographic utilities, CO-ROM, and microcomputer based systems.
  • Analyze information requests, select appropriate reference sources, develop search strategies, conduct searches and present results using print, on-line and CD-ROM formats.
  • Maintain serials control and circulation systems in manual, microcomputer and minicomputer environments.
  • Develop and prepare promotional materials, bibliographies, and reports using word-processing and (ultimately) desktop publishing facilities.
  • Develop and implement simple database and indexing systems for special collections.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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 considered assets:
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
    • Strong interpersonal skills;
    • Strong computer skills.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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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 LIT 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

Field Placements

There are two field placements in the LIT diploma program, each three weeks long. The program assigns the placements in one or more types of libraries (academic, public, school, special) for each student. Vulnerable police checks are required.

Required Typing Speeds: 30 w.p.m. (net) for first field placement; 35 w.p.m. (net) for graduation.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

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)

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.

Important Academic Dates

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


A student receives a new timetable each semester. The professional courses (LIT course codes) for a semester are automatically entered on a student's timetable. There are no choices of LIT courses, and/or days and times. Failure to successfully complete courses in a semester will alter the normal progression and time line for the diploma.

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

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shanda Reid
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22805
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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“Having completed the LIT program at Seneca, my perception of the library profession and industry has been completely transformed. My time in the LIT program has taken me from being someone who simply was a library user to a highly skilled, trained and knowledgeable library professional. The program delivered by experienced and dedicated faculty provides a focused perspective that fully encompasses all the aspects of the Library Technician profession and reinforces those elements with a skill set that is directly transferable to current library environments. For anyone considering the library field, without doubt, I would recommend the LIT program at Seneca."

Cindy Lum–Rajmoolie
Library and Information Technician Program

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