Library Information Technology

Alice Statler Library, circa 1975.  Photo by Madison Devlin.  City College Archives pc70026

The Program: We offer a comprehensive curriculum for Library Technicians/Assistants. Our program is well suited both for people new to the field and for experienced staff who wish to expand their knowledge and skills. Students may gain work experience through internships in local libraries.

Course of Study: Students can complete a two-year A.A. degree program which includes 18 units academic major in Library Information Technology . Students who already hold a college degree follow a shorter course of study for a Certificate of Accomplishment.

Support Staff Certification: The CCSF Library Tech Program has been approved for the American Library Association – Allied Professional Association Library Support Staff Certification Program (ALA-APA LSSC).  For further information on the LSSC see:  http://ala-apa.org/lssc/

Faculty: Instructors are practicing librarians often specializing in the subjects they teach. Christopher Kox is the Department Chair and coordinator for Library Archives.

Careers

Career Field: A wide variety of positions are open to Library Technicians. Some Technicians work in public services. Their responsibilities may include assisting patrons at the Information Desk, designing displays, checking out materials, operating audiovisual equipment and tracking statistics. Technicians who work in technical services help to order, process and catalog materials. Technicians also work in automation, community outreach programs and children's services. See Occupational Outlook Handbook  http://www.bls.gov/oco/  and the O*NET database for more information on library careers.

Job Outlook: The Bay Area currently has over 1000 library & information service centers catering to the needs of an expanding population There are opportunities for employment in school, public, academic and special libraries as well as in related information industries.

Finding Employment: Employment resources for students include the College Career Center and our department listserve. In additon, our colleagues at Diablo Valley College have compiled an exhaustive list of job and career resources for library employment.

 

  • Entry level requires only a High School Diploma. 
  • Advancement, requires an investment in a succession at jobs with increasing responsiblility and  post-secondary education.
  • Library support staff work in all types of libraries and in all areas of operation. Experienced support staff hold positions of great responsiblility.