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Library Technician (Two-Year Diploma)

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Ontario College Diploma

Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This unique online program is designed to prepare you for employment in academic, public, school and specialized libraries as well as other information-service settings. Through a carefully-designed program of study that combines theory and hands-on field placement, you will learn to acquire, organize, produce, retrieve and disseminate information in print and electronic formats.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) OR
  • Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading OR
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Clear Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening is required for Field Placement. Without this, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency and may be unable to complete the requirements of the program.
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Admission

Please note: Due to the college closure, please do not send official transcripts by mail or fax. An electronic copy of your transcript can be emailed to us at ppl@durhamcollege.ca with your program admission form to get your application started until the college re-opens.

Students are required to complete and submit this form to indicate that the program's admission requirements have been met.

Click to access the Program Admission Form

This form must be submitted and an Admission Acceptance Letter received prior to registering for any courses.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year. Note: Before beginning this credential, please be advised that one or more courses in this program are not MAC compatible.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at ppl@durhamcollege.ca or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

General Education Electives: This program requires the completion of General Education Elective (GNED) courses in addition to core program courses.

Click to access General Education Elective Course Options

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some programs may have restrictions on the specific GNED courses that students are able to take to fulfill their program requirements. For Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning students, these restrictions are identified on the link above. For those in full-time, day school programs, please consult your academic school for confirmation of any GNED restrictions for your program before registering.

Field Placement

This program contains a field placement requirement.

For details, including paperwork submission deadlines, please visit the Field Placement Page.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Acquire book and non-book materials using manual and automated procedures for bibliographic verification, vendor selection, order production and fund management
  • Derive, edit and/or create catalogue records using AACR2, LCSH, and DDC using MARC coding in national bibliographic utilities, CO-ROM, and microcomputer based systems
  • Analyze information requests, select appropriate reference sources, develop search strategies, conduct searches and present results using print, on-line and CD-ROM formats
  • Maintain serials control and circulation systems in manual, microcomputer and minicomputer environments
  • Develop and prepare promotional materials, bibliographies, and reports using word processing and (ultimately) desktop publishing facilities
  • Develop and implement simple database and indexing systems for special collections
  • Observe, track/record, and report information related to the learner and the learning environment as identified by library personnel
  • Act in a manner consistent with the professional requirements related to all aspects of their work
  • Apply the basic principles of effective supervision including planning, recruitment, selection, training, motivation, delegation and time management
  • Apply basic troubleshooting methods and hardware component upgrading skills

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Bibliographic utilities, online and library system vendors and electronic publishers
  • Cultural and non-profit organizations
  • Information services industry
  • Libraries and resource centres serving colleges, universities, elementary and secondary schools and school boards
  • Public libraries and regional library services
  • Special libraries such as those found in law offices, hospitals, corporations and government departments and agencies
  • Systems departments within large libraries

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
LIBR 3083AcquisitionsOnline
TEAC 1980Adult LearningMonthly Intake Online
TEAC 1980Adult LearningOnline
LIBR 1083ArchivesOnline
GNED 1587Artificial Intelligence (7 weeks)Monthly Intake Online
GNED 1587Artificial Intelligence (7 weeks)Online
POL 1080Canadian PoliticsOnline
WRIT 1981Children's Literature IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
WRIT 1981Children's Literature IntroductionOnline
LIBR 1082Children's Services & IssuesOnline
LIBR 2080Circulation and Inter-Library LoanOnline
GNED 1489Complementary Therapies IntroductionOnline
COMP 1281Computers an IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
COMP 1281Computers an IntroductionOnline
PSYC 2080Criminal Psychology - Criminal MindsOnline
PSYC 1080Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic MindsMonthly Intake Online
PSYC 1080Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic MindsOnline
ENG 1080Critical ThinkingMonthly Intake Online
ENG 1080Critical ThinkingOnline
CRIM 1080Cults and TerrorismOnline
CRIM 1080Cults and TerrorismMonthly Intake Online
LIBR 2081Database Design for Information WorkersOnline
HRM 2282Dispute ResolutionOnline
LIBR 1085Electronic Publishing and Emerging TechnologiesOnline
ENTR 1281Entrepreneurship IMonthly Intake Online
ENTR 1281Entrepreneurship IOnline
ENVI 1080Environmental CitizenshipOnline
ENVI 1080Environmental CitizenshipMonthly Intake Online
GNED 1380Global CitizenshipOnline
LIBR 3080Health Libraries and ResourcesOnline
GNED 1484History of Indigenous Canadian RelationsOnline
LIBR 1087Human Relations and SupervisionOnline
CHLD 4581Human SexualityMonthly Intake Online
CHLD 4581Human SexualityOnline
LIBR 5082Indexing and Subject AnalysisOnline
GNED 1488Indigenous Identity and Relationship to the LandOnline
LIBR 1081Information Technology for Library TechniciansOnline
COMM 1081Intercultural CommunicationOnline
LIBR 3087Introduction to Metadata and Metadata ApplicationsOnline
LIBR 1088Law Libraries & Legal ResearchOnline
GNED 1381Legalization of Cannabis in Canada (7 weeks)Online
GNED 1381Legalization of Cannabis in Canada (7 weeks)Monthly Intake Online
LIBR 1080Libraries IntroductionOnline
LIBR 4082Library ClassificationOnline
LIBR 2087Library Financial Management & BudgetingOnline
LIBR 3085Library Programming, Marketing and AdvocacyOnline
LIBR 5089Library Technician Field Work IOnline
LIBR 6089Library Technician Field Work IIOnline
LIBR 6089Library Technician Field Work IIMonthly Intake Online
ENG 1384LiteratureOnline
LIBR 4084MultimediaOnline
LIBR 2086Online SearchingOnline
PSYC 1083Personality PsychologyOnline
PFP 8215Politics and Public AdministrationOnline
PSYC 1051Psychology IntroductionOnline
PSYC 1051Psychology IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
RIM 1080Records & Information Management FundamentalsOnline
LIBR 3086Reference ProcessesOnline
LIBR 4086Reference Services and SourcesOnline
LIBR 2082Resource Description and Access IOnline
LIBR 3082Resource Description and Access IIOnline
LIBR 1089School LibrariesOnline
GNED 1474Science of Popular Diets: Impact of Nutrition on Human WellnessOnline
LIBR 3084SerialsOnline
SOCI 1051Sociology IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
SOCI 1051Sociology IntroductionOnline
HLTH 1387Stress, Wellness & NutritionOnline
HLTH 1387Stress, Wellness & NutritionMonthly Intake Online
GNED 1491The Game of Soccer and its Impact on SocietyOnline
GNED 1487Truth & ReconciliationOnline
RELG 1980World Religions: Western and Eastern TraditionsOnline
LIBR 1182Youth Services and IssuesOnline