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Libraries are constantly evolving in their delivery and management of information. Library and Information Technicians have the knowledge and practical skills needed to perform in today’s evolving library environment. Combining theory and hands-on practice, students will learn to acquire, organize, produce, retrieve and disseminate information in print and electronic formats. Led by experienced librarians, this program will help prepare you for employment in academic, public, school and special libraries and other information service settings.
This program is a recognized, preeminent online library education program in Canada. Current or previous work or volunteer experience in a library/information setting is encouraged, but not required. Taught online and taken on a part-time or full-time basis, participants have the opportunity to complete their diploma with flexibility. Some courses have final exams that must be written in person.
Students select four elective courses, enabling them to customize their education to focus on specific topics of interest within the library/information field, including records management, archives, government information, school libraries and multimedia.
Full-Time Continuing Education students usually complete this program in four semesters, Part-Time students usually complete this program in approximately three years.
Courses in this program cost approximately $205 to $475 each. Textbooks are extra.
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Admission and Registration
- Application must be submitted, with your official transcript, through the OCAS - Ontario College Application Service (opens in new window).
- Applicants are asked to select only one option (full-time or part-time) when applying. If accepted, you will receive an offer to only one option if you applied for both. Your status (part-time or full-time) will be determined when registering for your courses each semester. Students can switch between full-time and part-time status throughout the duration of their studies.
Intakes are available in the Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (May).
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) OR equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)
- A pass in Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
- Library or Information Services experience is recommended, but not required
OSAP funding may be available. Learn more about Financial Assistance Options for Continuing Education Students.
Graduates of this program will receive:
- Two years' credit towards a Bachelor of Professional Arts Communication degree from Athabasca University (opens in new window). Further information is available online at Mohawk Transfer Database (opens in new window).
- Graduates are also qualified to apply for admission to Charles Sturt University's Bachelor and Masters Degrees of Applied Science Programs (Library and Information Management).
Graduates may be interested in furthering their education through the Libraries and Digital Technologies Certificate.
- 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.
- Information services industry.
- Cultural and non-profit organizations.
For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).
Field Placement / Clinical
Near the end of your time in the program, you will complete two field placements. Visit our Library and Information Technician Field Placement page for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Library and Information Technician Diploma FAQs
- Continuing Education FAQ
- Where can I find more information on registering?
- What is the fee structure?
- How can I apply for an exemption?
- Can I obtain credit for learning obtained outside a traditional classroom?
- Where can I find more information on online learning and exams for online courses?
- How do I apply to graduate?
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