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Library and Information Technician (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Program Code:
1191
School:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This 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:

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

You will be sent an Admission Requirements form when you register for LIBR1000 Introduction to Libraries and the Information Industry. You must sign and return this form to indicate that you have met the program's admission requirements.

Admission Procedures

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 7 years of acceptance into the program.

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Program Information

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMP1165 Database Design for Information Workers
Description: Examine relational databases and their role in library and information work. Learn to create a database, enter and edit records, search for information and create simple reports. MS Access 2013 is required.
Hours: 21
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: COMP1150 or OLRN1480
CoRequisites:
Details
COMP1426 Information Technology for Library Technicians
Description: Focus on various types of information technology used in the library setting including mobile devices, eReaders, playaways, iPads and tablets, digital media, and various software and applications. Access to a current mobile device with wireless Internet capability is required.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
COMP1430 Electronic Publishing and Emerging Library Technologies
Description: Explore electronic publishing, including using basic web design, 3D printing, screen recording, blogs, microblogs, augmented reality, and gamification.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMP1150 or OLRN1480
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1000 Introduction to Libraries and the Information Industry
Description: Prerequisite: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), general or advanced level, with grade 12 English OR successful completion of Mature Student Test. Library related experience is strongly recommended.

Examine the role of libraries in an information society, explore how libraries provide access to information and study the organization and services of different types of libraries. You will also investigate the roles and functions of participants in the information industry. Required course. Prerequisite: You must satisfy the Program Admission Requirements.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1015 Online Searching
Description: Explore concepts used in searching online for information. Learn to apply basic Boolean constructs. Practice efficient retrieval information from the Internet, library catalogues and commercial databases.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1025 Reference Processes
Description: Explore fundamental principles of professional accountability that underpin the provision of information services in libraries. Develop effective reference interviewing techniques to answer customer queries. Explore topics related to the management of information service including service standards, in person and virtual service points, policy development and strategies for continuing professional development of staff.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1010 or LIBR1015
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1035 Reference Services and Sources
Description: Develop understanding of reference services and typical resources used to answer information queries from library customers. Students will compare and evaluate traditional and emerging reference resources. Students will apply online search skills to effectively answer typical customer queries.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1020 or LIBR1025
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1045 Library Programming, Marketing and Advocacy
Description: Examine various programs available in different library settings and necessary skills such as planning and presenting to library clientele. Investigate the basics of user orientation and training, specifically programming for seniors and adults. Investigate local and oral history and practical customer service skills. Examine the vital roles of promotion, public relations, marketing, and outreach, forming partnerships within the community and library advocacy.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1010 or LIBR1015
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1055 Resource Description and Access I
Description: Develop understanding of library cataloguing using the RDA cataloguing rules for creating descriptive catalogue records, through use of the RDA online Toolkit. Learn to use MARC coding and ISBD punctuation for cataloguing bibliographic records in an automated environment. Recognize the changes in MARC coding resulting from RDA cataloguing rule.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1065 Resource Description and Access II
Description: Examine form and choice of entry according to RDA cataloguing rules, cataloguing applications of the World Wide Web, and sources of cataloguing copy in an automated environment. Learn to critically appraise public access catalogues. Recognize the changes in Marc coding resulting from RDA Cataloguing Rules.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1050 or LIBR1055
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1075 Library Classification
Description: Study the principles of classification. Learn to use the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme and Library of Congress Classification scheme. Explore issues related to the process of classifying library materials.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1060 or LIBR1065
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1085 Indexing and Subject Analysis
Description: Examine how the intellectual content of various works are established through indexing and subject analysis. Study the principles of indexing through the creation of abstracts, learning about various index types, and applying index rules. Explore the principles of subject analysis through two types of controlled vocabularies including thesaurus and subject headings.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1070 or LIBR1075
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1090 Serials
Description: Explore the technical service aspects of serials with emphasis on ordering, tracking and cataloguing serials. You will also explore technology's major impact on serial collections in this online course.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1050 or LIBR1055
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1100 Acquisitions
Description: This required course covers the acquisition of monographs. Develop skills in searching, ordering, receiving and accounting. Collection development, the book trade and automating acquisitions functions are also explored.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1050 or LIBR1055
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1115 Circulation and Inter-Library Loan
Description: Learn the basics of circulation work in libraries and information services, as well as inventory and weeding of library collections. Also explore policies and procedures for inter-library loan and document supply.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1120 Library Financial Management and Budgeting
Description: Budget and financial management concepts and strategies relating to libraries are discussed. You will be exposed to types of budgets, financial statements, avenues for library funding and strategic planning. Also comprehend and use basic financial information to set goals and objectives. MS Excel software required.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000, COMP1150 or OLRN1480
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1240 Field Work I
Description: Supervised experience in libraries is essential in the development of library skills. Students do two separate work assignments in two different types of libraries. The aim of field work is to broaden the student's educational experience to include the varied services of different types of libraries and to enable the student to apply the information gained in course work to the practices and procedures employed in individual libraries.
Hours: 105
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: COMP1426, LIBR1020 or LIBR1025, LIBR1070 or LIBR1075, LIBR1110 or LIBR1115, OHS1320
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1250 Field Work II
Description: Supervised experience in libraries is essential in the development of library skills. Students do two separate work assignments in two different types of libraries. The aim of field work is to broaden the student's educational experience to include the varied services of different types of libraries and to enable the student to apply the information gained in course work to the practices and procedures employed in individual libraries.
Hours: 105
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: COMP1165, COMP1430, LIBR1045, LIBR1085, LIBR1090, LIBR1100, LIBR1240, MGMT1600, OHS1320
CoRequisites:
Details
MGMT1600 Human Relations and Supervision
Description: This course introduces the basic principles of supervision, including planning, recruitment, selection, training, motivation, delegation and time management in a library environment. You will learn to apply these principles to become an effective supervisor. Required course for the Library and Information Technician diploma program.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1480 Introduction To Computers
Description: This course will familiarize students with the digital world by exploring the hardware and software of their computer system. Students learn to build properly formatted documents using Microsoft Word, spreadsheets, including correctly functioning formulas, using Microsoft Excel, and create commanding presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint while using the cloud to store and access their files. This course will familiarize students with both the hardware and software of their computer system. Students learn to use the most common functions of the Windows operating system including the Windows Explorer program for file management and will be able to identify security risks and protect their computers. This course also reviews networks, internet, and email use.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
Electives: Program Option Communications
Student must pass 1 Course(s)
Select from the list below
COMM1750 Organizational Business Communications

Description: Here's an opportunity to hone essential business communication concepts and skills with emphasis on writing clear reports and documentation, making effective presentations, and enhancing interpersonal skills.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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COMM1770 Communications I

Description: In this course, the student will develop and practice the fundamentals of Standard English including grammar, sentence structure, and the conventions of Standard English. The student will develop and apply paragraph and essay research; organization and planning skills; develop and enhance independent learning skills; and develop and enhance e-learning capabilities.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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OLRN1326 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Description: Students will define culture and be introduced to intercultural communication theories and issues. Learners will identify how these theories apply to our daily lives and how they can be used to develop respect for differences between cultures. The main objective of this course is to enhance the students' ability to communicate comfortably with people from different origins. As part of the course, students will communicate with people from other cultures electronically as well as in person. This course will be of interest to individuals working in health, education, human services, and business who have regular interactions with people of foreign descent.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 144 Hours
Select from the list below
LIBR1130 Children's Services and Issues

Description: An issues-oriented introduction to the wide range of responsibilities associated with children's library services is provided in this course. You will investigate, from a children's services perspective, the basics of planning and administration, collections development and management, information and reader's advisory services, and programming and program promotion. Option course.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Details
LIBR1140 Multimedia

Description: You will focus on materials in formats such as video, DVD, films, CD-ROMs, compact discs, records, cassettes, software, talking books, pictures and maps. Also, explore the acquisition, processing, cataloguing, storage, and circulation of these materials. Issues such as copyright and public performance, equipment needs and maintenance, as well as other trends, are discussed.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1060 or LIBR1065
CoRequisites:

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LIBR1150 Archives

Description: In this course, develop understanding of archival theory and practice to manage archival records effectively. Topics include the relationship between archives and records management, acquisition and appraisal, arrangement and description, reference services, preventive conservation, and facility planning and security.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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LIBR1160 Genre Fiction and Readers' Advisory Service

Description: Explore readers' advisory service and the components of readers' advisory work from patron interview to service promotion. You will examine the principal genres of fiction, and determine their specific characteristics and appeal for readers.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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LIBR1170 Government Information

Description: Library staff play a vital role in linking citizens with the government information they need. Consumer guides, statistics, technical reports, handbooks, and maps are types of government publications now issued free on the Web. Focuses on finding and using these sources as well as print format government documents.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000
CoRequisites:

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LIBR1190 Law Libraries and Legal Research

Description: You are introduced to the Canadian and Ontario legal systems. Study legal materials, legal research, and the basics of running a law library. You will use primary and secondary legal materials and learn how to find information on specific topics using both paper and electronic resources. Explore acquisitions, cataloguing and collection development in a law library setting. Access to a law library is required.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Details
LIBR1200 School Libraries

Description: Focus on the unique features of elementary and secondary school libraries. Examine collection development and management, readers' advisory and reference services, and library programming in a school library setting. Consider new and emerging initiatives such as the Learning Commons model of school library services.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Details
LIBR1220 Health Libraries and Resources

Description: You will learn about key health information resources in all formats and identify the features and issues of different types of health libraries. Also, develop skills in searching the major indexes, electronic databases and the World Wide Web to find quality information to meet the reference needs of your varied clients.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1030 or LIBR1035
CoRequisites:

Details
LIBR1230 Youth Services and Issues

Description: This course introduces public library services to youth through the examination of current issues and practices including collection development, programming, space design, YA reader's advisory. You will explore the role of library staff in youth advocacy as well as their relationship with community partners serving young people.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Closed
LIBR1260 Records and Information Management Fundamentals

Description: Recommended: Grade 12 English at the general level or equivalent.

This online course introduces the records lifecycle and establishes a solid basis in records management concepts and techniques. Records inventorying, retention and destruction scheduling, inactive and vital records management and the application of records management practices to electronic records are emphasized.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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LIBR1300 Introduction to Metadata and Metadata Applications

Description: Metadata is structured information about an information resource of any media type or format and can be considered an extension of traditional library cataloguing. Examine the fundamental concepts of metadata. Learn to apply a variety of metadata schemes and standards related to the description of digital and electronic resources on the web. Previous knowledge of HTML coding is highly recommended.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1090, COMP1430 or COMP1630, LIBR1060 or LIBR1065
CoRequisites:

Details
LIBR1310 Strategies for Instruction for Library Technicians

Description: This course provides the students with the training, presentation and instructional skills required to plan and carry out instructional activities both formally and informally in a variety of library environments. Instructional work may take the form of library orientations, training on specific resources, assisting with program or course development, presentations about services, in classroom training as well as instruction provided during daily reference work.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000
CoRequisites:

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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 84 Hours
Electives: Program Option - Literature
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Select from the list below
OLRN1045 Understanding Literature

Description: Understanding Literature acquaints students with the tools necessary to appreciate literature critically by reviewing literary history and examining different genres. Students will explore themes and conventions associated with these genres and develop an understanding of literary analysis and various critical approaches. For creative writing students, this course will provide a framework in which to appreciate and evaluate their own writing.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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OLRN1130 From Harry Potter To Aslan: Exploring Children's Fantasy Literature

Description: Enter the magical worlds of Harry Potter, a small hobbit, and the many other amazing heroes who populate children's fantasy literature. From zooming on broomsticks to walking with fauns, students will explore fantastic journeys, their creators, and the underlying mythologies upon which they are based. Students will also explore ways to assist children and adults in appreciating the intricacies of good children's literature and understanding the genre as well as how those fantastic worlds contribute to and enrich children's imaginations and lives.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Closed
OLRN1340 Science Fiction

Description: Recommended: College level English or equivalent.
The world is constantly evolving, in large part due to our technological advances. Science Fiction is ideally suited to explore our changing world. A variety of short stories and novels exposes students to the amazing narratives and fantastic voyages of this literary genre.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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OLRN2080 Canadian Literature

Description: This course will allow students to read selected Canadian literature, including novels and short stories, and to analyse and discuss various key points of each piece of literature. Students will identify the different types of audiences intended for each literary piece. Some suggested areas of study for each novel will include selected key literary terms as well as discussion of the relevance of setting and plot in relation to Canadian culture and history, found in each individual piece. This course will focus on both reading literature as well as the use of proper written English. The novels chosen will also be explored in relation to their relevance to Canadian culture. Key literary terms and events will be discussed for each novel, including questions for each literary piece.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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