Library Technician (Two-Year Diploma)
Ontario College Diploma
Ontario College Diploma
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.
- 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 Form Students are required to complete and submit this form to indicate that the program's admission requirements have been met. This form must be submitted prior to registering for your first course.
Current 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.
Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Continuing Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.
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
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
Students will be required to submit documentation to the Library Technician Field Placement online instructor within the first week after the course start date.
Students are not required to submit any documentation to the Durham College Placement Officer.
Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052
If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Continuing Education OSAP Eligibility webpage.