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.
- 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
- 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.
- This program is available online.
- 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.
Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.
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- 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.
- 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 is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Tuition, fees and program costs
Tuition for part-time study option is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.
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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.
- 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.
Future study options
- Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.
Courses may include
These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.
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.