Library Information Technology

What will I learn in this program?

Students learn about library public and technical services.  They learn about library operations and management, about the role of clerks and para-professional support staff as well as the role of professional managers.  Students prepare for entry level employment or advancement as support staff, or to pursue further professional education.  While no special equipment is employed, knowledge of library computer databases and applications, along with specialized services is emphasized.  Because library career advancement is based on experience, the opportunity for internship or field placement is emphasized.   

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay?  What “demand” is expected for these jobs?

Occupation

Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Clerk or page

20-30K

Usually part time only; light to medium demand

Tech Assistant

30-38K

Light

Tech Assistant I

30-42K

Light

Tech Assistant II

35-55K

Light

Associate 40-60K Light (BA+expected)
Professional 45-65K Light (MS expected)


Most library work is subject to direct or indirect public funding.  We are going though a period of diminished public funding at the same time as more demands are being made by our service populations.  Investment in this career must be accompanied by a strong dose of reality testing, a willingness to work on and develop a career based on holding a succession of jobs with increasingly greater responsibility.  At the upper end, Tech Assistant II, Associate and Professional, a willingness to re-locate to other parts of the country can help assure advancement.

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

There are no special requirements.  Entry level library work requires a high school, or equivalent diploma.  Advancement is based on experience and/or further education.

Does this program have any special costs?

There are no special expenses for the program, some courses, but not all, require purchase of a text book. 

How long will it take to complete this program?

Degree/Certificate

Time to Complete*

Certificate of Accomplishment

2 semesters
Associate of Science 2 years
College transfer, BA prep, includes certificate 2 years

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

View the college catalog discussion of the program and feel free to telephone, email, or drop in to see the department chair.  We are currently transitioning to a new web site, but the old site can still be viewed from the following link:
www.ccsf.edu/Departments/Library_Information_Technology/

Christopher Kox
Chair, Library Information Technology, R517
415-452-5519
ckox@ccsf.edu