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  • Objectives
    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.
  • Entry requirements
    This part-time, distance education program has been designed to meet the needs of individuals already working in libraries or other information services who want to upgrade their qualifications.
  • Academic Title
    Library and Information Technician Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    COMP1150      Computer Literacy For Windows (Word/Excel)
    Description: Recommended: Keyboarding skills are an asset. This course provides an introduction to the basics of using a computer and Microsoft Office. Students will be introduced to Windows, a word processor (Word), and an electronic spreadsheet (Excel). This course will benefit those who need to understand the basics of a computer on the job or at home.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

    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.
    Hours: 21
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: COMP1150

    COMP1425     Personal Computer Support for Library Technicians
    Description: Develop your computer hardware skills in this course. Topics include the computer system, upgrading components, troubleshooting, viruses, selecting hardware and basic networking. Access to a working computer (Pentium II or better) that can be disassembled is recommended.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3

    COMP1430     Electronic Publishing
    Description: Recommended: Familiarity with Windows XP. Here's your opportunity to explore electronic publishing, including using and creating basic web design, PowerPoint, still and motion screen recording, blogs and RSS readers. PowerPoint software needed.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: COMP1150 or OLRN1920

    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

    LIBR1010     Information Work I
    Description: You are introduced to information work and effective use of basic print and online reference sources such as indexes, bibliographies, databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and yearbooks.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000

    LIBR1020     Information Work II
    Description: Continue the study of reference materials and development of reference skills. You will explore the use of directories, handbooks and manuals, geographical information sources, statistical sources, Ontario government statutes and regulations and develop reference interview skills.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1010

    LIBR1030     Information Work III
    Description: You will explore reference work with online, Internet and CD-ROM information sources. The emphasis on information literacy continues as you learn to use and evaluate electronic information resources.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1020

    LIBR1040     Client Services
    Description: You will examine the variety of services available to user groups in different library settings. Investigate and practice the basic principles behind library-user orientation, training and programming to gain the required skills for successful customer service. Explore the vital role public relations, advocacy, and marketing play in client services. Complementing this course is the examination of inter-lending and document supply services.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1010

    LIBR1050     Descriptive and Access Cataloging I

    Description: The library catalogue is introduced and you are provided with instruction in using MARC coding for cataloguing of bibliographic records in an automated environment. Rules and principles for creating a descriptive record of an item using the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules are described.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000

    LIBR1060     Descriptive and Access Cataloging II
    Description: The course continues the application of MARC coding and Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules to the creation of the descriptive portion of bibliographic and authority records. Examine form and choice of entry, cataloguing applications of the World Wide Web, sources of cataloguing copy in an automated environment and critically appraise public access catalogues.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1050

    LIBR1070     Subject Analysis and Classification

    Description: You are introduced to the principles of classification and subject analysis. Develop skills in using the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme and Library of Congress subject headings. Access to print Dewey Decimal Classification schedules is required.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1060

    LIBR1080     Indexing and Abstracting

    Description: Focus on indexing, abstracting, and thesaurus construction. Examine different kinds of indexes, learn principles of indexing, and assign indexing terms to a variety of material types. Electronic information retrieval systems and indexing software are discussed and students practice writing different kinds of abstracts. An overview of using and creating a thesaurus is provided.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1070

    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

    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

    LIBR1110     Collections Maintenance and Inventory Control
    Description: Introduces you to collection maintenance with an emphasis on circulation of library materials. You will learn the basics of circulation, care and maintenance of library materials, and inventory and weeding. Also explored is effective use of standard audiovisual equipment.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000

    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: COMP1150, LIBR1000

    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: COMP1425, LIBR1020, LIBR1070, LIBR1110

    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, LIBR1040, LIBR1080, LIBR1090, LIBR1100, LIBR1240, MGMT1600

    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

          Electives: Program Option Communications   
     
    Description: Student must pass 1 Course(s)

    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

    COMM1770     Communications I
    Description: The student will study the basics of communication in the English language from word use to a well-developed essay. These concepts are fundamental to the understanding of written materials and the preparation of correspondence and reports in subsequent communications courses.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1325     Intercultural Communications
    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: 45
    Credits: 3

          Electives: Program Option Literature     
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

    Elective Courses:

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

    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: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1295     Introduction To Children's Literature (Internet)

    Description: Recommended: College-level English or equivalent.
    This subject will explore and evaluate the fiction, poetry, and non-fiction genres of children's literature with their historical contexts as they apply.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1340     Science Fiction (Internet)
    Description: Recommended: College level English or equivalent
    Science Fiction shows you other worlds; it describes possible future societies and the problems lurking ahead. It also shows how human beings can and do create these future worlds - that our future is in our hands. Science fiction stands as 'a bridge between science and art, between the engineers of technology and the poets of humanity.'
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

          Electives: Program Option     
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 144 Hours

    Elective Courses:

    COMP1620     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

    COMP1630     Cataloguing Electronic and Internet Resources

    Description: Apply traditional methods of cataloguing, using AACR2 and MARC21 coding, to Internet resources and other electronic resources. Examine metadata standards and machine generated cataloguing.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1060, LIBR1090

    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

    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

    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

    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

    LIBR1170     Government Information

    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000

    LIBR1180     Special Libraries

    Description: Focuses on the unique features of special libraries. Explore functional areas such as collection development, technical services, client services, marketing, budgeting and management. Emphasis will be placed on the concerns of the special library and how it differs from other types of libraries or information centres. You will learn to apply the skills needed in the special library environment.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000

    LIBR1190     Law Libraries and Legal Research
    Description:
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

    LIBR1200     School Libraries
    Description: You will explore the issues and unique features of the elementary and secondary school library. Examine collection development and management, programming and reference services, funding and budgeting, and the Internet and technology, within the context of the school library.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3

    LIBR1210     Classifying with LCC(Library of Congress Classification)
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBR1070

    LIBR1220     Health Libraries and Research
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

    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

          Electives: General Education     

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 72 Hours

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