Library Tech Training and Courses

Library technicians offer support to librarians. Find out about the typical job duties and training required for this profession, and get info about online course options. Schools offering Archival Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Certificates and associate's degrees in library tech are available, in classrooms, online, or in a hybrid program that combines the two formats. Generally, these programs offer training in library services and technology and may include more general coursework in databases, information systems and supervision.

Programs Certificate and associate's degrees
Courses Library information and technology, database management, children's and young adult activities
Online Online and hybrid programs are available

What Programs Are Available in Library Technology?

Many schools offer certificate and Associate of Arts degree programs in library technology. These programs prepare you to work in a public, school or special library as a paraprofessional, offering support to a librarian. Some schools also incorporate generalized training that you can apply to administrative, procurement and coordination jobs in several industries. Certificate programs generally take a year or more to complete. With general education included in an associate's degree program, you'll usually be able to earn your degree in two years.

What Will I Learn in Introductory Courses?

You'll typically begin a library and information science technology program with an introductory course covering general library information and the technology used. You'll then take courses in some of the services libraries offer in addition to computer courses. Topics of instruction can include:

  • Public computer use
  • Community events
  • Reference assistance
  • Children's and young adult activities
  • Keyboarding
  • Basic computer hardware
  • Software and Web search methods

What Core Courses Might I Take?

Core courses teach library terminology, organizational skills and supervisory duties. You'll be trained to use library technologies to provide various supportive tasks to librarians and the public. You'll also learn to how you can encourage student and adult literacy, expression and learning. Courses that you might take in your library training include:

  • Library standards
  • Library practices and procedures
  • Material procurement
  • Cataloging
  • Shelving
  • Claims-handling
  • Database management
  • Business information systems
  • Principles of supervision

Can I Learn Online?

You can find several library and information technology courses offered online within a degree or certificate training program. A few programs also offer you a combination of online and classroom-based courses. Many programs require you to complete an internship or practicum with a local or affiliated library. Online and hybrid programs allow you to access course materials, assignments and exams through internet and digital media resources, and communication with your instructors can be available through email, message boards or instant messaging.

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