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Library Technology Certificate Program and Courses
Program Outcomes [Effective 2014-15]:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
1. Discuss principles, philosophy and roles of library organizations and summarize ethical, legal and social issues related to libraries and the communities they serve.
2. Apply knowledge and demonstrate library workplace skills to perform library technician level job duties in various types of libraries.
3. Demonstrate effective public service, technology and workplace communication skills to successfully interact with library users and staff.
Required Courses for the Certificate of Achievement in Library Technology [Effective 2014-15]
The Certificate of Achievement includes the following 7 required courses (19 units)
Before you start the core Library Technician courses (101-105A),
We recommend you begin with these preparation courses:
(NOTE: these required courses are typically offered Fall, Spring, and Intersessions):
- LIB 001 COLLEGE RESEARCH SKILLS (1 unit) [Prerequisite for LIB 102]
- BIT 025 SURVEY OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN BUSINESS (3 units)
OR CIS 001 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS (3 units)
OR CIS 010 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 units)
- LIB 101 INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY SERVICES FOR PARAPROFESSIONALS (3 units)
[Recommended preparation for LIB 102 and LIB 104]
- LIB 104 TECHNICAL SERVICES: ACQUISITIONS AND COLLECTION DEVELLPMENT (3 units)
(Prerequisite for LIB 105A; Recommended Preparation: LIB 101)
- LIB 102 INTRODUCTION TO REFERENCE & INFORMATION SERVICES (3 units)
[ Prerequisite: LIB 1; Recommended Preparation: LIB 101]
- LIB 103 INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY ACCESS SERVICES (3 units)
- LIB 105A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGING PROCEDURES IN ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS (3 units)
[ Prerequisite: LIB 104]
Other Recommended Courses:
- Lib 20 Independent Study (1 unit)
- Lib 106 Library Technology Internship (1 unit)
- BIT 107 Business Software - Windows (1 unit)
- Eng 59 Children's Literature (3 units)
- Speech 10 Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
- Speech 124 Books & Storytelling for Children (3 units)
Students can earn a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate in Science Degree:
Certificate of Achievement
The Pasadena City College Library Technology Certificate of Acheivement prepares students to work as highly skilled paraprofessionals in various levels of employment in public, academic, special and school libraries and information centers. The Certificate of Achievement in Library Technology requires the completion of 7 required classes (19 units).
Associate in Science Degree
Students not planning to transfer or complete a bachelor's degree can also pursue an Associate in Science degree in Library Technology by completing the 19-unit program along with general education requirements and electives for a total of 60 units. Students are encouraged to meet with a PCC Counselor to discuss the requirements for this degree.
Students planning to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree are encouraged to meet with a PCC Counselor to discuss their academic goals to determine the type of Associate degree to pursue. Specific requirements vary for the types of Associate degrees. (See PCC Degree & Transfer Programs)
NOTE: the Associate in Science in Library Technology is an option but it is best for students who don’t plan to transfer because the general education requirements for the AS don’t fully meet the general education requirements of the transfer institutions, even when students are selecting only transferable courses from the AS general education pattern. Students planning to earn a bachelor’s degree should follow the requirements of their intended transfer school making sure to consult with a counselor to ensure the one is clear on those requirements. Students planning to continue on for a master’s degree in Library Science can pursue any major relevant for the type of library work they plan to pursue.
You can also review and search these Frequently Asked Questions for additional answers to your questions about the Library Technician Program.
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