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Library and Information Technician

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Library and Information Technician

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Library and Information Technician

Library and Information Technician – NEW

Library and Information Technician

Library and Information Technician

Library and information technicians are experts at organizing information and helping people find the answers to their information questions – whether they work at the public library, for a publisher, at an academic library or information centre, or for a library-related service provider. If you have a passion for organizing, an interest in the latest technology and a desire to help others find the information they need, a career as a library and information technician is right for you.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work in the public and technical services areas of libraries and information resource centres.

On the public services side, you will learn how to make information available to library clients and how to conduct research using a variety of print and electronic resources. On the technical side, you will focus on manual and automated operations related to the acquiring, processing and organizing of all types of informational materials. 

Specifically you will learn how to:

  • Establish, organize and maintain readily accessible information collections including books, periodicals, newspapers, government documents, catalogues, films, microforms, tapes, records and other material using the latest information technologies
  • Provide both automated and manual information retrieval
  • Perform all acquisitions and cataloguing procedures
  • Provide the special services required for the effective operation of a library/information centre 

As a graduate, you will be well-prepared to acquire, prepare and organize materials and assist users in locating appropriate resources.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (recommended)
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Career Options


  • Information assistant
  • Knowledge management assistant
  • Library technician
  • Online and/or library system vendor
  • Publisher
  • Research assistant

Graduates also acquire skills in research and technology such as web design, blogging and communications.


  • Cultural and/or not-for-profit organization such as a museum or archives
  • Electronic publishing company
  • Information services, knowledge-management or record- management business/department
  • Library-related service provider
  • Library or information services within a law office, hospital or corporation
  • Market research agency
  • Records management or indexing firm
  • Special, public, academic or school library
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$25$25
Total Fees:$4,016$14,188

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase.

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Laptop Requirements

Minimum Recommended Hardware

  • Laptop: Personal computer (PC) not a Mac
  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 (if available)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better (Not AMD)
  • Memory: 4 GB of RAM (8 GB preferred)
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB or larger (Solid State Drive (SSD) preferred)
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labour (On-site preferred)
  • Other features: 2 USB ports

Software Requirements


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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 21-hour job shadow field experience in your first year, fall semester, which will provide the opportunity to integrate theory with practice under the supervision of an industry professional.

A 140-hour field experience will be arranged in the second year of the program, winter semester. Host sites can include local archives, municipal records departments, elementary and secondary schools, health science libraries, independent bookstores, academic libraries and public libraries.

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Post-Admission Communications Assessment

To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine your reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information please visit the post-admission communications assessment website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: LIBT
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Business, IT & Management (BITM)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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