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Library and Information Technology

Library and Information Technology

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

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


Library Technicians are key members of the library team occupying a position with a level of responsibility between a clerk and a librarian.

Technicians support 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 within a library. Technicians may also be in charge of a small library.

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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 English.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you don't have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • If you apply for the part-time study option, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you're 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.
  • Online Courses – this program is available online.

Career options

  • Technicians are employed in all types of libraries: academic (college and university), public, government, industry, etc. They also work in library-related jobs, such as records management and archiving.

Other info

  • A Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check may be required to complete work placements in some types of libraries.
  • 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.

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
LIBR 1002   Acquisition 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 2015   Introduction to Archives
LIBR 2161   Computer Applications in Libraries
LIBR 3005   Descriptive Cataloguing II
LIBR 4001   Subject Cataloguing II
LIBR 4995   Work Experience
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.

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