This certificate recognizes the need for skilled paraprofessional workers in today’s libraries and offers students the opportunity to acquire, develop or update their job skills. By providing a comprehensive overview of all facets of library work, students are trained for a modern information career where they are an integral part of a library team.
What Will I Learn?
Become a skilled and trained information specialist by earning your Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Certificate. The program of 9 courses, for a total of 26 credit hours, offers frontline technology instruction, combined with classroom lectures, online learning, hands-on exercises and field trips.
You will learn to acquire, prepare and organize materials and also teach and assist library patrons in finding and using those materials. In addition, you’ll learn to develop, market and provide programming ranging from storytimes to computer classes. LTA duties are expanding and evolving as libraries increasingly use the internet and other technologies (such as text reference, virtual libraries and automated databases) to share information, and you will be trained to support these services. You will become information literate and acquire an understanding of the guidelines, standards, ethics and core principles of the profession.
What is Unique About Our Program?
- Courses are taught by degreed librarians who are working in the field
- A practicum experience offers hands-on learning
- Guest speakers and field trips help you gain new perspectives on specialized library work
- Evening courses offered once a week to fit into your work life
- Classes held in the Library in a computer lab setting for an embedded learning experience
- Online course components accessed through iCampus, the college’s Learning Management System, offer a high-tech communication and virtually paper-free educational experience
- Students in this program have the opportunity to apply for the Barry Levine Scholarship Award, which is exclusively available to LTA students.
What Certificate Will I Receive?
What Are My Career Opportunities?
Employment of library technicians and assistants is projected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the national average for all occupations, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. LTAs work in settings such as public, school, business, law firm, university, college, not-for-profit and government repositories, archives, media centers and libraries.
Job titles include, but are not limited to:
Youth Services Assistant
Reference Services Associate
IT Help Desk Specialist
Adult Programming Assistant
Book Discussion Facilitator
School Media Associate
Technical Services Paraprofessional
Computer Class Instructor
Digital Repository Assistant
Teen Services Assistant
InterLibrary Loan Specialist