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Library and Information Technology Diploma

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Since the Library and Information Technology program started more than 40 years ago, the proliferation of information has led to a dramatic increase in the use of technology to organize, control and provide access to information resources.

Information personnel require excellent interpersonal and communication skills coupled with the ability to deal accurately with detail. They are versatile and can quickly adapt to a rapidly changing work environment.

Students in the Library and Information Technology program develop the expertise needed to organize, retrieve and manage information. Graduates are equipped with the skills necessary to work in any setting that handles information management, not just traditional libraries.

This program exposes students to practical aspects of the profession, including cataloguing, reference, circulation, research techniques, information systems design, records management, and services to various types of library patrons. Using a wide array of electronic and print resources, students become familiar with the broad scope of information organization and retrieval. Students will also develop strong professional skills and competencies to work effectively within an organizational structure and in a customer service role. They will examine the central purpose of libraries in society, and consider ways that social responsibility, ethical behaviour, and social justice are important philosophical foundations for the library profession.

In combination with Arts & Science courses taken, students potentially may receive 60 credits towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Career Potential

The demand for qualified information specialists is growing. Graduates of this program find employment in libraries, large corporations, schools, government departments, universities, publishing houses, research organizations, consulting companies and software producers. They work as library technicians, research or library assistants for corporations, records management technicians and library software specialists, to name just a few jobs.

Contact Information

T: 780-497-5162

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year I
Term ICredits
CMPT 104 Fluency with Information Technology 3
ENGL 102 Analysis and Argument 3
INFM 101 Libraries in the Information Age 3
INFM 104 Acquisition and Management of Collections 3
SOCI 100 Introductory Sociology 3
Term II
ENGL 103 Approaches to Literature: Trends and Traditions 3
INFM 210 Information and Society 3
INFM 152 Information Services I 3
INFM 155 Organization of Information I 3
Open Elective 3
Year II
Term III
ENGLEnglish Elective 3
INFM 202 Information Services II 3
INFM 209 Records Management 3
PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology II 3
Select one of the following: 3
Organization of Information II  
200-level or higher Sociology course
Term IV
INFM 208 Library Services for Children and Young Adults 3
INFM 258 Information Systems Design 3
INFM 259 Information Services Management 3
INFM 260 Field Placement 3
Select one of the following: 3
Archival Principles and Practices  
Open Elective
 Total Credits60

The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.