Academic Calendar

Library and Information Technology


English language proficiency requirements

Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ELS or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

LIBT 100

3 credits

Introduction to Libraries

Prerequisite(s): None.

Provides a broad introduction to the role of libraries in contemporary Canadian society. Focusing on the basic functions of libraries, students learn how libraries provide access to information, while developing basic search skills and learning library terminology. Students will become familiar with library culture and values and how library service is provided.

LIBT 115

3 credits

Resource Description and Access I

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Library and Information Technology program.

Pre- or corequisite(s): One of LIBT 100 or CIS 110/BUS 160.

Resource description and access is the foundation for discovering materials in libraries. Students create standardized, coded metadata sets for library resources such as printed monographs (books).

LIBT 120

3 credits

Collection Services

Prerequisite(s): LIBT 100 and LIBT 115. Note: As of January 2022, prerequisites will change to: C or better in each of LIBT 100 and LIBT 115.

Introduces students to the most common processes involved in the development and maintenance of library collections. Using various library technologies and standards of practice, student explore how libraries select, acquire, process, assign metadata to maintain physical and digital collections.

LIBT 130

3 credits

Introduction to Classification Systems

Pre- or corequisite(s): LIBT 115 and admission to the Library and Information Technology program

This course is an introduction to the two major library classification systems used in North America: Library of Congress Classification System, used primarily in academic libraries; and the Dewey Decimal Classification System, used primarily in public and school libraries. Students develop classification notations and examine issues related to the process of classifying materials.

LIBT 135

3 credits

Introduction to Subject Analysis

Pre- or corequisite(s): LIBT 115 and admission to the Library and Information Technology program

This course examines the principles of subject analysis and the addition of subject access to bibliographic records. Students will provide correctly formatted subject headings using controlled vocabularies such as Sears List of Subject Headings, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Medical Subject Headings, and Canadian Subject Headings. Students will create MARC codes for these headings. Students will be introduced to the principles and usage of indexing, abstracting, thesaurus construction, and the analysis of keyword and controlled vocabulary searching. Students will design searchable databases with report functionality.

LIBT 140

3 credits

Library Public Services

Pre- or corequisite(s): LIBT 115

Introduction to the various user services typically offered by publicly funded Canadian libraries, including collections, circulation, reference, and programs. Encourages students to take a best practices approach emphasizing diversity and inclusion to their work as library technicians.

LIBT 145

3 credits

Online Searching

Prerequisite(s): None.

Skills-based approach to searching databases for relevant content that can be used to answer library users’ reference questions. Covers the reference interview, facet analysis, specific database search languages, and free-text and controlled vocabulary searching.

LIBT 162

3 credits

Work Place Site Visits

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Library and Information Technology diploma program.

This course provides an opportunity for students to briefly tour a variety of libraries and/or records management departments, archives, and other information centres. Site visits are intended to give students the widest possible exposure to the practical aspects of paraprofessional work in these institutions in order to help them identify possible sites of interest for practicum placement.

Note: This course is only open to students who started the Library and Information Technology diploma program in or after Fall 2015, and students who started the program prior to Fall 2015 and have declared that they wish to complete the program under the requirements which come into effect in Fall 2015. Students in these categories may not take LIBT 161.

Note: Students with credit for LIBT 160 or LIBT 161 cannot take this course for further credit.

LIBT 200

3 credits

Information and Society

Prerequisite(s): None

Open to students of all disciplines, this introductory course surveys the history of libraries, library media, publishing, and the management of information. Current trends and issues in the book and information industries are examined, as is the role of library technicians in these industries. Students also learn the process of performing library research and develop a research paper.
Note: This course is accepted as an elective in the UFV Arts, General Studies, and CIS programs.

LIBT 205

3 credits

Library Workplaces

Prerequisite(s): None

Students explore how libraries are organized as workplaces that are informed by various practices including communication, labour, and policy. Considering the role of motivation, the importance of effective team/group work, and the need for inclusivity, students develop ways of negotiating workplace politics, problems, and conflict.

LIBT 220

3 credits

Database Management and Software Implementation

Pre- or corequisite(s): LIBT 120 and admission to the Library and Information Technology program

Students in this course will evaluate, select, install, and use library and information management software. Students will be introduced to issues related to managing software in library environments. In addition, they will learn mechanisms for assessing the needs of staff and clients for the purpose of acquiring new software. Students will also locate review information for software and write reviews and procedures. Students will also create searchable databases and develop instructions for using those databases.

LIBT 230

3 credits

Information Services for Children

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course introduces students to a wide variety of children’s materials available in libraries. Students will use specific selection criteria to create programs and promotional materials that support library services for children. In addition, students explore and discuss issues related to children’s literature and the provision of services to children.

Note: Students with credit for EDUC 230 cannot take this course for further credit.

LIBT 235

3 credits

Library Services for Young Adults

Prerequisite(s): None.

Students will explore and evaluate a range of diverse materials for young adults. Using these materials and other relevant professional resources, students will develop library programs that recognize and respect the unique and varied lives of young adults. Students will learn about cultural competency and its role in creating community partnerships for the purpose of supporting inclusive library services.

LIBT 240

3 credits

Media in Information Centres

Prerequisite(s): LIBT 115

This course provides students with an opportunity to examine specific issues related to the use of current and emerging media technologies in information centres. Students will catalogue a variety of non-print materials including websites, ebooks, and video using industry standards and discuss the impact of new technologies. Students will examine issues related to the selection, maintenance, operation, and management of media equipment commonly used.

LIBT 250

3 credits

Records Management

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course provides an introduction to the systematic control of recorded information in an organization from the time a record is created to the time it is either destroyed or transferred to an archives for permanent preservation. Students will learn how to inventory records, how to appraise and write retention schedules, and how to evaluate an organization’s physical equipment for efficient storage of records. In addition, students will examine what makes a record electronic and the types of hardware and software that create electronic records. Students will analyze the different electronic document management software available to manage such records and examine the ethics of managing print and electronic records in the context of privacy legislation. Note: This course is accepted as an elective in the UFV Arts, General Studies, and CIS programs.

LIBT 266

3 credits

Practicum/Capstone Project

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits in the Library and Information Technology diploma program including LIBT 140, 145, 162, and 200, and permission of the instructor. Practicum students will require a minimum CGPA of 2.67.

Pre- or corequisite(s): LIBT 130, 135, 220, and 240.

This course requires either a) an employer-supervised practicum in which students perform tasks and duties similar to those of entry-level Library Technicians, or b) a Capstone Project that demonstrates how students meet the minimum competencies identified in the Canadian Library Association’s Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians.

Note: To obtain credit, students are also required to attend two in-class seminars where they will discuss workplace expectations and reflect upon their experiences in the field and in the diploma program. In keeping with employers’ operational needs, the course requires that students be available for daytime and/or evening shifts.

Note: A criminal records check is required prior to confirmation of placement. Students holding certain types of criminal records might be ineligible for practicum placement.

Note: Students with credit for LIBT 265 cannot take this course for further credit.

Note: This course is only open to students who started the Library and Information Technology diploma program in or after Fall 2015, and students who started the program prior to Fall 2015 and have declared that they wish to complete the program under the requirements which come into effect in Fall 2015. Students in these categories may not take LIBT 265.

LIBT 270

3 credits

Archival Techniques

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course introduces students to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of archival science, including acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, and reference services. This course provides a general overview of traditional archival practice, and examines the effects of current issues on those traditional practices. Students will learn the basics of Rules for Archival Description. In addition, they will learn how to apply archives’ guiding principles of provenance and original order to real life situations, and compare and contrast archives to library and museum operations. Note: This course is accepted as an elective in the UFV Arts, General Studies, and CIS programs.

LIBT 280

3 credits

Special Topics in Library and Information Technology

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor

This course is offered on an occasional basis, to provide enrichment in an emerging area of study. It is offered to both students and people from the information world who wish to study a topic under the direction of UFV's Library and Information Technology program.

LIBT 345

3 credits

Advanced Internet Information Retrieval

Prerequisite(s): 30 university-level credits or permission of the instructor. LIBT 145 recommended.

This course is a critical analysis of advanced Web search techniques to develop a deep understanding of search engines. Students will cultivate and refine their ability to evaluate electronic sources while examining the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the creation of and access to electronic information. Incorporating their evaluative skills, students will also explore the “deep” web by examining specialized, subject-specific resources.

LIBT 380

2 credits

Emergent Library Technologies

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Library Technician Post Diploma certificate program

This course will examine the latest trends and continuing evolution of library-related applications and other information tools. Applications for the web, mobile services, new media formats, and issues around the use of these tools will also be explored. Students will learn to assess various tools to gain experience in selecting and evaluating items that may be incorporated into their daily work.

LIBT 381

2 credits

Leadership for Library Technicians

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Library Technician Post Diploma certificate program

Designed for library technicians, this course will examine various aspects to effective leadership within the context of information work. Students will develop skills and knowledge that will assist them in providing vision and guidance for others. In examination of the benefits of change, students will also learn how to delegate decision-making and build trust with others through role modeling, mentorship, and coaching.

LIBT 382

2 credits

Promotional Planning for Library Technicians

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Library Technician Post Diploma certificate program

This course will examine various aspects of promotion for information centres. Students will define their own core values in order to develop methods of asserting those values and image through self promotion. Additionally, students will examine and create strategies for building lasting professional relationships in their field while exploring aspects of marketing, advocacy, and public relations.

LIBT 383

2 credits

Diversity in the Workplace

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Library Technician Post Diploma certificate program

This course will examine discrimination, bias, and diversity in the context of information centres. Students will have an opportunity to explore the wide variety of elements that contribute to bias and methods that library technicians can adopt to confront discrimination while working productively with diversity. This course will enhance the student’s ability to positively interact with diversity while incorporating methods to enhance service excellence.

LIBT 385

2 credits

Information Rights: Privacy and Freedoms

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Library Technician Post Diploma certificate program

This course will examine how information rights can shape the services provided in information centres. The digitization of information and shifting formats creates numerous uncertainties and tensions between information privacy and access. Students will look at information privacy and freedom of information legislation, issues relating to censorship, and the ethics of providing fair and equitable access. Students will also have the opportunity to focus their studies on specific aspects of information rights as it relates to their own employment situations.

LIBT 399

3 credits

Advanced Topics in Library and Information Technology

Prerequisite(s): 30 university-level credits or permission of the instructor.

This senior-level, project-based course focuses on specific topics(s) of study relating to library work and/or information and technology studies. The course is offered only when sufficient student interest is demonstrated.

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