The Library Information Technology Department offers a comprehensive curriculum for Library Technicians/Assistants. This program is well suited for people new to the field and for experienced staff who seek advancement or professional development. Students may gain work experience through internships in local libraries.
Students can complete a two-year A.S. degree program which includes 18 units of an academic major in Library Information Technology. Students who hold a college degree can complete the shorter Certificate of Achievement in one year.
Career Field: There is a wide variety of positions in all types of libraries open to Library Technicians. Some technicians work in public services. Their duties may include: helping people at the Information Desk, designing displays, checking out materials, operating audiovisual equipment, and tracking statistics. Others work in technical services where they order, process, and catalog materials. Technicians also work in automation services, community outreach, archives, website development, and children's services. See Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ 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 a 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 listserv.
Career FAQ - Library Information Technology
- Entry-level positions require a High School Diploma.
- Advancement requires an investment in succession at jobs with increasing responsibility and post-secondary education.
- Library support staff work in all types of libraries and in all areas of operation. Experienced support staff holds positions of great responsibility.
The LIT program maintains a listserv for employers to share current job postings. To sign up for the mailing list or advertise a position, please send an email to the department chair.