Library and Information Technician Diploma FAQs

Can I complete the entire Library and Information Technician Diploma online?
Yes, you can complete the Diploma online, through distance education. All of the courses can be taken through distance education with Mohawk College or with other colleges that offer our courses through OntarioLearn.

How are the courses offered?
Courses are offered on a semester basis, three times a year (fall, winter, spring). All courses have a set start date, end date and due dates for assignments.
Instructions for accessing your online course area can be found at Continuing Education & Online Learning under "Start an OntarioLearn course".

When can I register?

  • Fall semester registration begins in early August
  • Winter semester registration begins in mid November
  • Spring semester registration begins in late March

Admission for the Library and Information Technician program is done through Ontario Colleges. Returning students can register directly at Mohawk for courses. Registration, once open, is done on a first-come, first-served basis. 

How do I know which courses are offered each semester?
A list of the courses available in a given semester is posted on the web site approximately three weeks before registration begins for that semester. To access the list, visit the Program of Studies page.

How do I register?
To read about various registration methods. You can register online, fax, mail or in-person.

How much does it cost?
There is no overall program fee; you pay only the tuition fees and textbook fees for each individual course. Fees are based on the length of a course. Because fees change, they are only listed for those courses scheduled to run in the upcoming semester. To access fee information, visit the Program of Studies page.

What is the meaning of the number of hours given for each course?
The number of hours shown are "equivalent classroom hours". Thus, the workload for a 36-hour distance education course would be about the same as if you took a course, through traditional classroom delivery, that is offered 3 hours per week for 12 weeks. We estimate that the student workload for one course is approximately 10-15 hours per week throughout the term.

Can I get exemptions for my work experience?
Exemption based on work experience is called credit for prior learning. This type of exemption is handled through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Office at Mohawk College. The process for applying for such a credit is as follows:

  • contact the Prior Learning Assessment Office and Recognition at (905) 575-1212 or plar [at] mohawkcollege.ca
  • tell PLAR staff the name and number of the course you wish to challenge and they will send you information and the course outline
  • review the outline and if you feel that you have met the majority of the course objectives, follow the instructions given and submit the fee (which is remuneration for the instructor who will evaluate your application for exemption)
  • some courses have a challenge exam that you write; others require you to prepare a portfolio that describes your experience vis a vis the objectives of the course. The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Office staff will let you know whether an exam or portfolio is required for the course you are challenging.

It is very important to review the course outline to make sure your application has a good chance of success. You don't want to pay for a challenge and then have to pay again to take the course if your challenge is unsuccessful. PLAR challenges can be done any time while you're in the program.

Can I get exemptions for my college/university courses?
If you have successfully completed library technician courses in the last few years at another college in Canada, you can usually transfer your credits to the Mohawk College Library Technician Program. You need to provide an official transcript and detailed course outlines.

If you have successfully completed courses in the Ontario Excel Certificate Program (administered by the Southern Ontario Library Service for staff who work in small public libraries), you will be granted a maximum of three courses in the library option (elective) section of the curriculum. Official documentation is required.

If you have successfully completed courses at the college or university level, you may be eligible for exemption from the two general education courses required. Depending on the courses taken, you may also be eligible for exemption from the Communications and Literature courses. An official transcript and course outlines are required.

If you have successfully completed credit (graded) computer courses at an accredited institution (college or university) within the past three years, you may be eligible for exemption from these requirements. An official transcript and course outlines are required.

Exemptions do not need to be processed before you start the program; this can be done any time before you graduate. Email the program manager for assistance.

Can I take any of the credits at another institution?
Provided you get approval in advance, you may take courses at other institutions and apply them to the Mohawk diploma. The courses taken elsewhere must be credit (graded) courses. Up to 75% of the courses in the program may be taken from other institutions. Note that course outlines must be submitted to the Program Manager for approval before you take courses elsewhere. Upon completion, you must submit an official transcript from the other institution.

How long does it take to earn my diploma?
As an example, if you take two courses every semester, you should be able to complete the course requirements in approximately four years. You can choose how many courses you take each term, which will determine how long it takes for you to complete the program. It will take at least two years to complete the diploma.

Is there a time limit within which to complete the program?
Graduates of our program, as for all Mohawk College programs, are expected to demonstrate competencies outlined in the program of studies applicable at the time of graduation. Where study has been interrupted for a period of time, the College may require you to repeat a subject area.

What about textbooks?
Textbooks need to be ordered on-line and paid for separately. They must be ordered from Mohawk's online bookstore at mohawk.bookware3000.ca.

Most courses in the library technician program do not have textbooks; the content is posted online by the instructor as weekly lectures.

It is recommended that you wait for registration confirmation before ordering textbooks, as these materials are not accepted for return by the bookstore. Registration confirmation is mailed out by the Student Services department within two weeks of registration. Returning students can confirm registration by logging on to MyMohawk

Is there a standard for bibliographic style that is used in the program?
Yes, the current edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is used as the bibliographic style guide on all courses. It can be ordered from the bookstore website under the course code LIBRLT110 Introduction to Libraries and the Information Industry.

Where do I start in the program?
You can begin with any course that does not have a prerequisite. Course prerequisites must always be met. It is recommended that you take LIBRLT110 - Introduction to Libraries near the beginning of your program.

Do I need library experience before enrolling in the program?
This program is geared to people who are working in libraries but have no formal library education. To join the program, current experience is recommended, but not essential, that you have experience. However, students who work or have worked in a library find the courses easier than those who lack library or related experience. Students without library experience often try to find some volunteer work or a part-time position in a library.

How are the courses run?
Instructions for accessing your online course area after the start date for a course can be found at Continuing Education. You will use the online area to check the information that your instructor has posted regarding what to do each week of the course, what the assignments are, when they are due, when chats will be held, etc. You will email and questions you have, to the instructor. Assignments are posted to the dropbox in the online course area. Some courses have online chats that are held every 2 or 3 weeks, generally in the evenings during the week. This is where the instructor and students are online together to communicate live. The instructor will review course material and answer any questions that you may have. If you cannot attend the chat, you may read the chat archive later.

Are the courses self-paced online learning courses?
No. Every course has a fixed start and end date and due dates for assignments. You can submit assignments early if you wish, but the instructor will not return the assignment mark until after the due date.

Are class sizes limited?
Yes. Class sizes are generally limited to 40 students. This ensures a manageable marking workload for the instructor and that there aren't too many people participating in each class chat.

If a course is full when I register, can I be put on a waiting list?
Yes. You may ask to be put on a waiting list for a course if it is full. If a registered student withdraws during the first 6 days of a course, staff in the Student Services area will contact people who are on the waiting list to see if they would still like to register. Students cannot join a course after the first week of course. Please note that waiting lists are not kept for subsequent terms; you will need to register again for your preferred course in the next term that it is offered.

Where do I write exams?
Exams are written in a college or university testing environment. Approximately six weeks before the end of the course, you can view exam booking information online.

What type of library access do I need?
For some of our courses, you will need to use resources in print format that are likely only available in a medium to large size library. You will need to be willing to travel as far as necessary to access these resources. Course instructors will be able to make suggestions regarding libraries in your area that you can check to see if the required resources are available.

Are there any special policies for courses in the library and information technician program?

  1. For courses with a final exam, students must receive a passing grade in both the term work and the exam to pass the course.
  2. It is the expectation that students express themselves effectively. All written assignments must meet the standard of English required in library and information work. If, in the judgement of the instructor, assignments submitted do not meet the required standard, they will be returned to the student for revision. Mistakes in grammar and spelling will be reflected negatively in the marks allocated to assignments.

What are the computer requirements?
You will need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience. Some courses have more advanced system requirements.  

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7,8,8.1. Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X. Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Software:

  • Individual courses may have additional software requirements. This may include video or audio playing software or a specific software application
  • Most courses require word processing software
  • In some instances, it may be necessary for some users to upgrade their Flash or Java versions. Technical assistance available.

Other Devices:

Depending on the learning management system being used to deliver your course, you may access and interact with most course elements, readings, multimedia, email and discussions though tablets and smartphones. While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas. Please ensure you have a PC or Mac based computer available to complete coursework.

We recommend that students do not attempt quizzes when using a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, due to compatibility issues. 

  • Web Browser: A graphical browser is required. In some instances, it may be necessary for some users to upgrade their web browser programs. Technical assistance is available.  
  • Email: Depending on the learning management system being used to deliver your course, you may be assigned an email account that is accessed within your course or you may be required to use your personal email account.  
  • Software: Most courses require word processing software. Individual courses may have additional technical and/or software requirements.

Graduation:

Students in the Library and Information Technician Diploma program can apply to graduate three times per year in February, June, and October. The online Application to Graduate form is accessible through MyMohawk, under the Academics tab, Graduation channel. Selecting the correct program name/number is important. Note the Library and Information Technician program (800) is listed under the Post-Secondary drop down menu.

You need to apply to graduate and check the Grad List online even if you are not planning to attend your convocation ceremony.

For additional information see our Convocation webpage.