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Library and Information Technician Diploma

Program Overview

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Spring
School: Continuing Education - Community and Urban Studies
Program Status: Apply through Ontario College Application Service
Program Number: 800
Delivery: Online
Accreditation: Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This part-time, online program has been designed to meet the needs of individuals already working in libraries or other information services who want to upgrade their qualifications.

Other applicants who can demonstrate the potential to successfully complete the program and secure employment as library and information technicians are also welcome.

A career in libraries or the information service industry demands a wide range of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Successful library and information technicians are service-oriented and able to:

  • demonstrate good spoken and written communications skills
  • work with minimal supervision
  • pay close attention to detail and demonstrate accuracy in their work
  • demonstrate good analytical skills
  • demonstrate good interpersonal skills
  • enjoy working with technology
  • work effectively as a member of a team

Through a carefully designed program of studies that combines theory and hands-on practice, you learn to acquire, organize, produce, retrieve and disseminate information in print and electronic formats. The program is equivalent to the two-year, full-time library and information technician programs offered at other community colleges, but the part-time, distance education format enables you to learn without interrupting your current employment.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), general or advanced level or equivalent, or mature student status
  • pass standing in grade twelve English at the general level, or equivalent
  • library or information services experience is strongly recommended

Application is done through Ontario College Application Service

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Career Opportunities

Full- and part-time career opportunities exist in:

  • public libraries and regional library services
  • libraries and resource centres serving colleges, universities, elementary and secondary schools and school boards
  • special libraries, such as those found in law offices, hospitals, corporations and government departments and agencies
  • bibliographic utilities, online and library system vendors and electronic publishers
  • the information services industry
  • cultural and non-profit organizations

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Graduates of this program will receive:

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Program of Studies

You build essential information skills through a series of required technical courses. You broaden your subject background and develop your communication and computer skills through additional general studies and computer courses. You have the opportunity to enhance your information skills in specific areas of interest to you by selecting four library option (elective) courses from a series of courses on topics such as children's services, readers’ advisory work and special libraries.

The hours given for each course are equivalent classroom hours. Your workload for each course is 10-15 hours per week throughout the term. All courses are offered online.

Click here for a flowchart depicting course prerequisite requirements.

Upon successful completion of the required courses and four library option (elective) courses, you must apply in writing to receive your diploma.

Course Number Course Name Course Hours Tentative Schedule*



Spring 2017

Mandatory Courses:

LIBRLT110 Introduction to Libraries and the Information Industry

39 hours


Information Technology for Library Technicians

(Replaced by INFOLT390 Personal Computer Support for Library Technicians

39 hours




INFOLT402 Electronic Publishing and Emerging Library Technologies

36 hours


Online Searching

(Replaces LIBRLT220 - Info Work I)

39 hours


Reference Processes

(Replaces LIBRLT420 - Info Work II)

39 hours


Reference Services and Sources

(Replaces LIBRLT425 - Info Work III)

39 hours


Library Programming, Marketing and Advocacy

(Replaces LIBRLT435 - Client Services)

36 hours


Resource Description and Access I

(Replaces LIBRLT302 - Descriptive and Access Cataloging I )

36 hours


Resource Description and Access II

(Replaces LIBRLT305 -Descriptive and Access Cataloging II)

36 hours


Library Classification

(Replaces LIBRLT320 - Subject Analysis & Classification)

39 hours


Indexing and Subject Analysis

(Replaces LIBRLT325 - Indexing and Abstracting)

36 hours


Database Design for Information Workers

(ACC = ACCELERATED, taught in first 7 weeks of term)

21 hours




LIBRLT351 Serials 18 hours

LIBRLT350 Acquisitions 36 hours


Circulation and Inter-Library Loan

(Replaces LBIRLT215 - Collection Maintenance and Inventory Control)

36 hours


Human Relations and Supervision

(ACC = ACCELERATED, taught in first 7 weeks of term)

36 hours



Library Financial Management and Budgeting

(ACC = ACCELERATED, taught in first 7 weeks of term)

18 hours




WORKLT290 Field Work I 105 hours

WORKLT490 Field Work II 105 hours

TWO general education courses(Click here for list) 52 hours

Communications courses: Choose ONE
COMMLL041  Communications 45 hours

COMM10027 Organizational Business Communications 45 hours

COMM10073 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 45 hours

Literature courses: Choose ONE
COMMLL903 Canadian Literature

45 hours

COMMLLT06 Introduction to Children's Literature 42 hours

COMM10043 Science Fiction 42 hours

COMM10095 Understanding Literature

48 hours

COMMLLT11 Harry Potter to Aslan: Children's Literature 42 hours


Windows/Word/Excel course: Choose ONE


Intro to Computers 1

42 hours

Library Option (elective) courses
Take four courses from the following list:
COMMLT225 Genre Fiction and Readers' Advisory Service   

36 hours



LIBRLT385 Children's Services and Issues 36 hours




LIBRLT335 Multimedia 36 hours  

OADMRM100 Records and Information Management Fundamentals 39 hours

LIBRRM103 Archives 39 hours

LIBR10002 Government Information 36 hours  


LIBRLT403 Special Libraries 39 hours

LIBRLT375 School Libraries 39 hours

LIBR10004 Health Libraries and Resources 36 hours  

LIBR10034 Youth Services and Issues 36 hours



LIBR10036 Strategies for Instruction for Library Technicians 36 hours


LIBR10035 Introduction to Metadata and Metadata Applications 36 hours




LIBRLT405 Law Libraries and Legal Research 36 hours  

LIBR10001 Classifying with LLC (replaced by LIBR10039)        
LIBR10003 Cataloguing Electronic and Internet Resources (replaced by LIBR10042 and LIBR10043)        

 - Subject to change - Browse current catalogue for course offerings

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All students graduating from this program at Mohawk College are automatically considered for the following three awards:

  1. Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens d'Ontario Award presented annually to the graduate with the highest standing in Library Technical courses.
  2. The Library Technician Award presented annually to the graduate with the highest average in all courses taken as part of the Library and Information Technician diploma.
  3. The Geraldine Hughes Award presented annually to the graduate with the highest standing in cataloguing and classification courses.

Award winners will be determined for awards in the order listed above. Once a student has been granted one award, s/he is not eligible for the other two awards.

Award winners will be notified by email each year. Awards will be mailed out - not presented at the Mohawk College Convocation ceremony.

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