Library & Information Technology

Develop your people skills, advanced computer skills, attention to detail and love of learning.

Start Date:
January & September
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (Online)
+Locations & Availability
January 2017 Part-time • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. September 2017 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Part-time • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

"The library technician is an important part of the library staff, occupying a position with a level of responsibility between a clerk and a librarian. Technicians support and assist librarians in the delivery of many library services. They may direct the work of clerical staff, student assistants, other library technicians and, under the direction of a librarian, may be responsible for a section or department in a library. Technicians may also be in charge of a small library." (Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians 2015. Canadian Library Association.)

Librarian technicians bring excellent teamwork, communication and critical thinking skills to their work. This program prepares you for a rewarding career – one that requires an equal balance of people skills, advanced computer skills, attention to detail and love of learning. If you have a keen desire to help people, then this program may be right for you.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Why Take It"You are detail-oriented, interested in working in libraries (or archives or records management)."
  2. 2
    Favourite"Readers' Advisory class and the programming section."
  3. 3
    Highlight"Going out to visit all the various types of libraries."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 English.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn the technical requirements of the job and get practical hands-on experience through your work term. This ensures you're ready to start working when you graduate.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Technicians are employed in all types of libraries: academic (college and university), public, school and other organizations (government, business, industry, the professions, etc.). They also work in library-related jobs such as records management and archives.
  • Related occupations include Library Clerk, Archives and Records Management and Librarian (requires a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies).

Our Grads

  • Graduates have found rewarding careers combining their work with other interests – for example, at science and art libraries.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study through online delivery. View available courses »
  • If you apply for the part-time study option, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection. Some courses will also be available through Continuing Education.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and number of courses you complete each term.
  • Tuition for part-time study option is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Other Info

  • Online Courses – this program is available online.
  • Experience in a library, whether paid or as a volunteer, is considered beneficial to success in this program and applicants are encouraged to seek out these opportunities.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ARTS 1040   History of Western Civilization
ARTS 1060   English Literature
COMM 1240   Business Communications in Libraries
COMP 2105   Database I
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
COMP 3111   Spreadsheets II
INFM 1000   Records Management I
INFM 2000   Records Management II
LIBR 1000   Introduction to Libraries and Information Retrieval
LIBR 1002   Acquisitions and Circulation Procedures
LIBR 1003   Information Services I
LIBR 1005   Descriptive Cataloguing I
LIBR 1068   Readers' Advisory Services in Libraries
LIBR 2001   Subject Cataloguing I
LIBR 2002   Multimedia Services
LIBR 2003   Information Services II
LIBR 2010   Introduction to Management in Libraries
LIBR 2161   Computer Applications in Libraries
LIBR 3005   Descriptive Cataloguing II
LIBR 4001   Subject Cataloguing II
LIBR 4995   Work Experience
MGMT 1010   Organizational Behaviour
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
    Library and Information Technology prescribed elective requirement. In addition to their required courses, as a requirement of graduation, learners must complete two (2) credits from the prescribed course lists.
    Open elective course requirement. Two units/credits. NOTE: No two courses can be used to satisfy program requirements that are at the same level, subject area and topical area or that are otherwise deemed to be equivalent.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

Next Steps

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