Upcoming information session will be held on May 25th, 5:30-7pm, in room L216. Registration is not necessary. See complete schedule for more details.
Currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 enrollment. Those interested in applying to the program, please submit application and all necessary document to Registrar and Enrolment Services as soon as possible. Applicants who met all admission requirements will be contacted for Interview and testing sessions in early May. Please observe college schedule for course registration and semester start dates.
For program inquiries, please contact department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 604.323.5364. For application information, please contact Admissions office at email@example.com or 604.323.5241.
Langara College’s Library & Information Technology Program gives graduates access to a wide variety of jobs in both hands-on interaction with people and in behind-the-scenes technical services. The library field is for those who love working with the public, organizing information, and are committed to lifelong learning.
Our Library & Information Technology Diploma Program is recognized across Canada and has been developed in accordance with the Canadian Library Association Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians in Canada.
Outcomes & Objectives
The Library & Information Technology Program has maintained its currency and competitiveness amid rapid technological advancement. Our graduates are highly skilled in today’s essential computer applications as well as specialized library management systems. We teach students important skills for developing search strategies for library databases and open resources on the internet. Students also learn how to catalogue, maintain, and retrieve print, digital and non-print resources as well as specialized media including film, maps and photographs.
Our students have the opportunities to practice what they have learned by completing two practicum placements in community during the course of study. The graduates are successfully placed in public, academic, or special libraries such as medical, law, corporate and governmental institutions. Library technicians hold supervisory positions or work co-operatively with librarians and other professionals to manage information resources – from helping people retrieve information and materials to records management for technology-based businesses.
Students in this career program pursue either a standard or online option. The Regular option is primarily classroom instruction. Online option, known as Flexible Participation option, accommodates distance learners who are working, living outside the Lower Mainland, or simply can't get to campus. Both Program options recognize students' previous education and work experience; therefore, transfer credits are considered for equivalent courses, and flexible assessments are available for core library studies.
Students come to the program from various socio-cultural and age groups. They carry with them varying forms of educational achievements and professional backgrounds which gather together as they meet many challenges put forth by their instructors and fellow students.
Library & Information Technology students learn about:
- library history and new directions
- reference and reader’s services
- customer services
- library programs
- supervisory skills
- electronic and digital information storage and retrieval
- acquisitions and technical services
- subject analysis and classification
- Machine Readable Cataloguing (MARC)/RDA (Resource Description Access) for print and non-print media
- business computer applications
- automated library systems
- web applications and social medias
Graduates of the Library & Information Technology Program are well prepared for library jobs through extensive field work, which is an essential component of this diploma program. During their course of study, students visit various types of libraries and explore a variety of options—including non-traditional roles—to find their own niche.