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Library and Information Technology Program

The Library and Information Technology program at College of DuPage provides fundamental and advanced education and practice that will enable you to enter the workforce as library technical assistants.

Students will gain knowledge in a broad range of library and information technology topics including acquisition of materials, cataloging and classification, librarianship, library technology, public service and reference and information.  

The program at combines classroom lectures, hands-on exercises and field trips. An active advisory committee of local librarians assures that coursework reflects the needs of library employers in the area. A required library practicum will also provide you with crucial hands-on experience. 

Determine Your Path

Whether you are preparing for a career as a library technical assistant or as a librarian, planning to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution or updating your skills, COD has the right program for you.

  • Dedicated instructors with years of practical industry experience, certification and licensing.
  • Instruction in top-notch facilities on state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Flexible schedules with day, evening and online learning.
  • Practical, hands-on experience as well as classroom-based studies.
  • Articulated transfer agreements that provide students an affordable educational option with seamless transfers to prestigious universities.
  • An active advisory committee of local librarians that ensures the coursework reflects the needs of library employers in the area. 
  • A program that has been approved by the American Library Association in core competencies for Library Support Staff Certification.
  • An interactive LTA Club, exclusively for library and information technology students to visit local libraries, share job search strategies and more. 

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Library and Information Technology

The Library and Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree will prepare you for paraprofessional levels of library service.

Curriculum covers acquisition of materials, cataloging and classification, librarianship, library technology, public services, reference and information, workplace skills, reader’s advisory and other special topics classes. 

In addition to classroom requirements, a library practicum provides students with real-world experience. Students are required to complete a minimum of 64 credits of coursework, which includes 37 credits in library-related classes, 9 credits in approved electives, and 18 to 22 credits in general education classes. 

Library and Information Technology

The Library and Information Technology certificate will prepare you for paraprofessional levels of library service.

Students are required to complete 31 credits of coursework covering librarianship, acquisition of materials, cataloging and classification, library technology, public services, reference and information, workplace skills, reader’s advisory or a special topics class.

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The first step to getting started in Library and Information Technology is to apply for admission.

Library and Information Technology Program graduates will:

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the philosophy and values of librarianship.
  • Have an understanding of the four different types of libraries and the different services they provide.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current library technologies such as website development, integrated library systems, and library databases.
  • Have an understanding of the Library Bill of Rights including ethics, privacy, and security issues.
  • Be prepared to respond to and understand diversity needs of library users.
  • Have an understanding of the functions of the departments and services in a library such as Public Services, Technical Services, and Youth Services

College of DuPage has developed a dual admission transfer partnership with Dominican University. This partnership allows students to transfer seamlessly to bachelor's degree and MLS program at Dominican after completing their associate's degree or certificate program at College of DuPage. 

The following resources can help you to learn more about your eligibility, the requirements, and additional benefits offered through the transfer agreement.

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Library and Information Technology program.

No, there is not a separate application for the program. In order to take Library and Information Technology classes, you need to fill out the application for admission.

All library and information technology students must take Library and Information Technology 1101, "Introduction to Libraries in the Information Age" if you want to complete the program and receive a certificate or a degree. This course is the prerequisite for all other library and information technology courses. It provides the necessary introduction to libraries and library materials.

Library and Information Technology 1820 courses are "Selected Topics in Librarianship." These courses are offered on an irregular basis and cover a wide variety of subjects.

Each student must take one selected topic. Some examples of selected topics include information literacy, and internet and online services in the library.

Half of the students enrolled in the Library and Information Technology program have a bachelor's degree. Some students in the program also have master's degrees. If you already have earned your degree, you will still find the program challenging and interesting.