Library and Information Technician (Accelerated)
|Duration:||3 Semesters (12 Months)|
|Start Dates:||Summer, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
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 you to take your place in the workforce and be productive immediately.
- Substantial completion of a degree or completion of a diploma from a recognized college or university.
- Academic equivalents for three general education credits and for EAC150.
- English proficiency at the college level.
- Students must possess good English skills, both written and oral. Applicant selection may include the assessment of English skills proficiency.
- 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.
Your career as a library technician starts in just three semesters. 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.
An accelerated program for those who have completed a three-year degree or diploma.
(The standard program is LIT.)
Accelerated Delivery Mode
This accelerated version of the regular, four– semester library and information technician diploma program is intended for those who have previous post–secondary education and who have the ability to learn material presented in a rapid, condensed format. In the accelerated version, first and second semester subjects are delivered in one semester. This is accomplished by delivering the content of the normally 14–week LIT subjects in 7 weeks. First semester subjects are offered during May and June, while second semester subjects are offered during July and August. Third semester subjects in the fall semester and fourth semester subjects in the winter semester are offered in the standard 14–week semester format.
Affiliations and Associations
- Canadian Library Association
- Ontario Association of Library Technicians/ Association des Bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario
- Ontario Library Association
- Special Libraries Association
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):
|Laurier Brantford||• Honours Bachelor of Arts|
There are three field placements in the LIT diploma program, each two weeks long. One placement is in a special library, one in a public library and one in a school or academic library. The program assigns placements with input from the student. A police check is required for many libraries.
Required Typing Speeds: 30 w.p.m. (net) for first field placement; 35 w.p.m. (net) for graduation.
Currently under review.
A student receives a new timetable each semester. All subjects are automatically entered on a student's timetable. There are no choices of subjects, and/or days and times. Failure to successfully complete subjects in a semester will alter the normal progression and timeline for the diploma.
|Semester 1 & 2||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ICA001||Introduction to Computers and Applications||2|
|LIT204||Acquiring Library Materials I||3|
|LIT206||Reference Resources I||3|
|Semester 3||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LIT250||Placement and Work Skills||2|
|LIT304||Acquiring Library Materials II||3|
|LIT306||Reference Resources II||3|
|FPL280||Field Placement I|
|Semester 4||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LIT400||Professional Issues in Libraries||3|
|LIT420||Human Relations in Libraries||3|
|FPL380||Field Placement II|
|FPL480||Field Placement III|
|Program Coordinator:||Deborah Kay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22744
|Program Chair:||Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Shanda Reid
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22805
|International Admissions Advisor:||Gina Lombardi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
|Registration & Records Advisor:||Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
“I would like to compliment the LIT faculty on the excellence of the LIT program. The instructors are all knowledgeable, experienced, organized and thorough, and all of the courses are highly relevant and extremely interesting. Thank you for making my time at Seneca so pleasant and so informative.”
Natalie E. Briggs
Library and Information Technician Program (Accelerated)