Library Information Technology
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
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. Vivian Kobayashi, Department Chair, may be contacted about the program and its requirements.
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
- 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