LIBRARY and INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Program website: www.ufv.ca/libtech

UCFV offers a four-semester Library and Information Technology diploma. Students who enrol in the diploma program have three options or specialties from which to choose: Library, Information Technology, or Records Management.

The diploma program includes technical courses in subjects required for work in libraries and information centres, and labs for learning to manage information through the use of computers. Graduates are qualified to work in a wide variety of situations, in all kinds of libraries and information centres.

Diploma graduates are usually termed “para- professional”, and generally work as library technicians, under the direction of a librarian or an information specialist. Library technicians are qualified to supervise the work of clerical workers and other library technicians.

The most effective library and information workers are interested not only in books but in non-print materials, and in the people who seek information services, educational materials, or recreational reading. Library and information workers require excellent interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to deal accurately with details. Graduates of these programs must also be capable of using a variety of computer applications in performing tasks in libraries and information centres. An ongoing interest in learning for personal growth is essential for graduates. They must learn to cope with the many changes taking place in society, which is heavily dependent upon accurate and timely information for making informed decisions, both in business and in private life.

Entrance Requirements

1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent. (If applying as a “mature student” lacking graduation, attach a letter describing your qualifications and experience.)

2. CPT score of 48 or better (or LPI score of at least 30/40 or level five out of six on the essay)

3. Interview with program faculty for assessment. During the interview, applicants will be assessed upon the following:

            -Less than 50% on the test     0 points
            -Between 50% and 75%         5 points
            -Between 75% and 99%         8 points
            -100%                                    10 points

                                        up to 10 points

Applicants must score 40/60 for acceptance.

Only applicants with a complete application will be given an interview. A complete application includes proof of high school graduation (or an interim transcript) and a CPT score of 48 or better. Therefore the CPT should be written well before an application is submitted. Arrangements to do this must be made with Admissions and Records.

How to Apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. See application dates and general admission information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

2. In April you will be informed when interviews will take place. You must attend or make special arrangements with the program head to be eligible for admission to the program.

3. Upon admission to the program you will be invited to register. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). The money will be applied to the tuition fees and
is not refundable. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

If the program is full, or you are waiting to find out about your admission to the program, you will
be given an opportunity to register as a General Studies student. If you meet the entrance require- ments and a space becomes available later, you will be contacted.

In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due
the end of the first week in August.

Fees and Additional Costs

The fees for a full-time student (five courses or 15 credits) are about $800 per semester. Books and additional supplies cost $50 to $150 per course. LIBT 160, which includes field trips, will incur transportation costs.

Note: Fees listed are for last year. New fees are usually set in May. See the Fees and Other Costs section for more information.

Additional costs may include charges for accessing and searching remote databases, with average cost per term of about $50.

Please contact the Student Financial Aid department in the Student Services office if you require information about student loans, grants, and work/study opportunities.

Workload and Classroom Expectations

All Library and Information Technology courses are taught at the Abbotsford campus. Most of these courses require extensive use of the UCFV library and computer labs for preparing weekly assignments, which tend to be practical in nature. A broad basis of general knowledge, an extensive vocabulary, and competence in the use of the English language are essential for Library and Information Technology students. Courses in this program emphasize the development of good communication skills, through both oral and written assignments. All written assignments submitted must be typed or word processed. Computers and typewriters are available for program students to use.

Full-time students will carry a workload of five courses per semester. For each hour spent in class, you can expect to spend an average of two hours in out-of-class work, which often involves using the computer lab and the UCFV library. You should be prepared for a heavy course of study, with assignments due on a weekly basis. You are expected to attend all classes, and to participate effectively in class activities.

According to UCFV policy, you may be required to withdraw from a course or program because of extremely poor academic performance. No student will be required to withdraw without receiving, in writing, prior warning which states minimum requirements for improving academic performance and an appropriate deadline.

Program Requirements

Since most libraries and information centres require competence in keyboard skills expressed as a minimum of 45 words per minute, students must provide proof of this before graduation. Software on the computers affords opportunity for individual practice, and can measure and provide proof of keyboard speed and accuracy. Applicants who have had no experience in using a keyboard will benefit from taking a typing or word processing course through UCFV Continuing Education or another agency as early as possible.

Library and Information Technology diploma:
core program outline

The curriculum for the Library and Information Technology diploma program consists of a combination of academic and applied courses extending over four semesters for full-time students. Students who enrol in the program on a part-time basis will typically extend this program over four years. If credit for some of the required arts/sciences or applied courses can be transferred from other post-secondary institutions, you may have a lighter course load, or take additional courses of your choice. At least 25% of credits for completion of the Library and Information Technology diploma program must have been earned at UCFV in order for you to receive a diploma from this institution.

The academic and applied courses listed specifically as requirements of the program have been selected to provide basic knowledge in a wide variety of subject areas, necessary for people who intend to work in libraries and information centres.

All students in the diploma program, regardless of option, will be required to take the core courses.
See Program Outlines below.

Students who enrol in the Library and Information Technology diploma program will be asked to select one of the following three options:

Library option

This option provides students with a solid, broad-based background covering many aspects of library and information work. Students in this option will take the core courses required for all Library and Information Technology diploma students, and they will be able to add additional LIBT and other courses to reflect both their own interests, and the current demands of employers. This option parallels closely the curriculum taught by traditional library technology programs. Graduates of this option will work in a wide variety of positions within many types of libraries.

Graduation from the LIBT diploma program with the Library option requires the nine core courses, as well as the courses listed in the Library option section under Program Outlines below.

Information Technology option

While still providing the skills required by the marketplace of a library technician, this program allows you to specialize in the organization and provision of information using electronic systems. Students in this option will take both the core courses required for all diploma students, and a number of additional LIBT and CIS courses which focus on computers and information. Graduates of this option will be qualified to work as library technicians, and could also be responsible for supervising the operation of computers and computer networks in the library or information centre setting.

Graduation from the Library and Information Technology diploma program with the Information Technology option requires the nine core courses, as well as the courses listed in the Information Technology option section under Program Outlines below.

Records Management option

This option prepares students for traditional work as  library technicians, while also training them for additional responsibilities to do with the handling of the records and documents of any organization. Students in this option will take the core courses required for all Library and Information Technology diploma students, and in addition will take a number of courses in records management and archival techniques. Graduates of this option will be qualified to work as library technicians, and also be able to take on additional responsibilities for maintaining the records and archives of an organization.

Graduation from the Library and Information Technology program with the Records Management diploma option requires the nine core courses, as well as the courses listed in the Records Management option section under Program Outlines below.

Program Outlines

For complete details on courses see Course Descriptions.

Core

Course, Title & Credits
LIBT 100    Essentials of Information Service    3
LIBT 110    Information and Society    3
LIBT 115    Library Cataloguing Techniques    3
LIBT 120    Library Technical Services    3
LIBT 130    Library Classification Systems    3
LIBT 135    Library Subject Access    3
LIBT 140    Library Public Services    3
LIBT 145    Library Information Retrieval    3
LIBT 160    Site Visits, Practicum    3
Total:    27

Diploma options

Library option
Course, Title & Credits
Nine Diploma Core courses (listed above)   27
LIBT*                                                                  3
LIBT*                                                                  3

Non-LIBT courses
CIS 100    Introduction to Computer Information Systems    4
CMNS 125    Business Communications I
or ENGL 105    The Reading and Writing of Prose     3
BUS 102    Management
or BUS 203    Organizational Behaviour    3
MACS 110    Introduction to Communication Theory
or
MACS 130    Explorations in Mass Communications     3
HIST 102    Canada 1867 to the Present
or HIST 105    British Columbia, 1774–1972     3
POSC 110    Canadian Politics
or
ECON 110    The Canadian Economy    3
Elective**                                                      3 or 4
Elective**                                                      3 or 4
Elective**                                                      3 or 4
Total:       61–64

* Choose from non-core LIBT offerings (i.e., LIBT 210, 220, 250, 260, 270)
** Any LIBT or university transfer course chosen in consultation with faculty.

Information Technology option

Course, Title & Credits
Nine Core courses (listed above)   27
LIBT 210    Database Organization of Information    3
LIBT 220    Library Applications Software    3

Non-LIBT courses:
CIS 100    Introduction to Computer Information Systems    4
CIS 190    Systems Hardware Concepts    3
CIS 195    Local Area Networks I    4
CMNS 125    Business Communications I
or ENGL 105    The Reading and Writing of Prose     3
BUS 102    Management
or BUS 203    Organizational Behaviour    3
MACS 110    Introduction to Communication Theory
or MACS 130    Explorations in Mass Communications     3
POSC 110    Canadian Politics
or ECON 110    The Canadian Economy    3
Elective**        3
Elective**        3
Total:    62

Records Management option

Course, Title & Credits
Nine Core courses (listed above)   27
LIBT 250    Records Management    3
LIBT 260    Automated Records Management
or LIBT 270    Archival Techniques    3

Non-LIBT courses
CIS 100    Introduction to Computer Information Systems    4
CMNS 125    Business Communications I
or ENGL 105    The Reading and Writing of Prose     3
BUS 102    Management
or BUS 203    Organizational Behaviour    3
MACS 110    Introduction to Communication Theory
or MACS 130    Explorations in Mass Communications     3
HIST 101    Canada, 1760–1867: Prelude to Confederation
or HIST 102    Canada, 1867–present
or HIST 105    British Columbia 1774–1972     3
POSC 110    Canadian Politics
or ECON 110    The Canadian Economy    3
Elective**         3
Elective**         3
Elective**         3
Total:     61–62

** Any LIBT or university transfer course chosen in consultation with the faculty.

Note: The Information Technology option and Records Management option cannot be completed in two semesters. LIBT 210, 220, 250, 260/270 will be offered on a rotating
basis over a two-year period.

Faculty

Kim Isaac, BA, MLS (UBC), Program Head
Tim Atkinson, BEd, MLS (UBC) (on leave 99/00)

Instructional Assistant

Noreen Dragani, Dip. Library and Information Technology (UCFV)

Advisory Committee Members

Denise Bonin, Andornot Consulting
Kathy Brown, Fraser Valley Regional Library
(tba) Library Director, UCFV
David Giesbrecht, Columbia Bible College
Julie Groh, second-year student
Marianne Hall, Surrey Public Library
Irene Hill, program graduate
Linda Howard, Surrey Memorial Hospital
Mary Anne Johnson, Fraser Valley Regional Library
Sharon McCulloch, first-year student
Cate McNeely, Richmond Public Library
Randi Sharp, Abbotsford School District
Debbie Smith, Kwantlen University College


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