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Library and Information Technician

Algonquin College
2 years
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Algonquin College

About this program

Library and Information Technician

The two-year Library and Information Technician Ontario College Diploma program provides you with a broad range of knowledge and experiences for the library and information management field.

This unique program teaches skills that deal with both technical and public service considerations. Technical services involve manual and automated operations related to collecting, processing and organizing material. Public services involve assisting or teaching clients in finding or using information resources.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy serving the public, working with teams and have good interpersonal skills.
  • Have strong 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.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

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.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Communications I
  • Descriptive Cataloguing I
  • Reference I
  • Introduction to Libraries
  • Acquisitions
  • Archives and Records Management

Level: 02

  • Readers' Advisory Services: Children and Youth
  • Client Services
  • Descriptive Cataloguing II
  • Subject Analysis and Indexing
  • Information Retrieval
  • Internet Applications

Level: 03

  • Professional Communication for Library Technicians
  • Introduction to Metadata
  • Dewey Decimal Classification
  • Reference II: Special Topics
  • Emerging Library Technologies
  • Basics of Library Management

Level: 04

  • Readers' Advisory Services: Adults
  • Special Collections
  • Library of Congress Classification
  • Reference III: Science and Technology
  • Marketing
  • Library Software
  • Field Work II

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Acquire, loan, borrow, and maintain book, serial and online collections, using procedures for bibliographic verification, vendor selection, order production, and fund management.
  • Derive, edit and/or create catalogue records using internationally accepted cataloguing rules with MARC coding in national bibliographic utilities, and computer-based systems.
  • Conduct reference interviews, analyze information requests in a variety of topic areas, provide instructional assistance, and perform searches using current, relevant and authoritative resources.
  • Assess client needs and provide effective client service to distinct client groups in various library, archive or information management settings.
  • Develop and prepare promotional materials, library programming, bibliographies, finding tools and reports using word processing and publishing programs.
  • Design relational databases, web sites and use integrated library systems and other library related software according to current standards.
  • Identify different types of libraries and topics related to library science such as the publishing industry, freedom of information, censorship and copyright.
  • Recognize, identify and perform duties in an archive, records management or information management setting, and apply meta data to online resources.
  • Outline theories and practice of library management and apply skills in staff supervision, conducting primary research, marketing library services and budget preparation.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Upon graduation, you may find work in a variety of settings, bringing your passion for literacy, research or information to benefit your co-workers, customers or stakeholders.

Whether it is helping children discover a passion for reading, or assisting a colleague with finding the exact information they need, the skills developed in this program can open up many different possibilities for a rewarding career.

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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