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Library and Information Technology Diploma


School of Business

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 Requirements

The following program requirements are needed to complete the credential. Refer to the Student Plan as this plan identifies the usual course schedule.

Complete 60 credits (20 courses) from this list:
CMPT 104Fluency with Information Technology3
ENGL 102Analysis and Argument3
ENGL 103Approaches to Literature: Trends and Traditions3
INFM 101Libraries in the Information Age3
INFM 104Acquisition and Management of Collections3
INFM 152Information Services I3
INFM 155Organization of Information I3
INFM 202Information Services II3
INFM 208Library Services for Children and Young Adults3
INFM 209Records Management3
INFM 210Information and Society3
INFM 258Information Systems Design3
INFM 259Information Services Management3
INFM 260Field Placement3
PSYC 105Introductory Psychology II3
SOCI 100Introductory Sociology3
Choose one of INFM 205 or 200-level or higher SOCI course3
Choose one of INFM 219 or Open Elective3
ENGL Elective Choose any ENGL course3
Open Elective Choose 3 credits (1 course) from any subject3
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.

Student Plan

Students must follow the Student Plan (listed below) to complete this credential in the year(s) indicated by the plan. Students must consult with a program Academic Advisor regarding any deviation from the Student Plan, as this may extend the time it takes to complete the program.

Year 1
Term 1CreditsTerm 2Credits
CMPT 1043ENGL 1033
ENGL 1023INFM 1523
INFM 1013INFM 1553
INFM 1043INFM 2083
SOCI 1003Open Elective3
 15 15
Year 2
Term 1CreditsTerm 2Credits
INFM 2023INFM 2103
INFM 205 (or SOCI Elective)3INFM 219 (or Elective)3
INFM 2093INFM 2583
PSYC 1053INFM 2593
ENGL Elective: Choose any ENGL course3INFM 2603
 15 15
Total Credits 60

Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted to one of the following:

Regular Admission

To be evaluated through the office of the University Registrar

Applicants must have a minimum overall average of 65 percent, with no course grade lower than 50 percent, in the following high school courses:

  1. ELA 30-1
  2. Four subjects from Group A, B, C, or D


  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to present a broad range of subjects in order to benefit from the breadth of learning and to increase flexibility of future program and course choices.
  • A maximum of two Group B subjects may be presented; they must be from different disciplines.
  • A maximum of one Group D subject may be presented. Group D subjects used for admission must be 5-credit or any credit combination of at least 5 credits (e.g., two 3-credit subjects).

Applicants with nine or more post-secondary credits must also present a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Mature Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must be 20 years of age or older and have been out of full-time high school at least one year by the beginning of the intake term. Applicants must have the following:

  • ELA 30-1 with a minimum grade of 65 percent (or equivalent)


  • Six credits of university-level English with no grade less than C-

Applicants with nine or more post-secondary credits must also present a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Previous Post-Secondary Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Admission in this category does not imply or guarantee the transfer of any coursework and/or credential unless a block transfer agreement (internal or external) is in effect and published in the Calendar by the Office of the University Registrar. In addition, transfer of coursework does not imply or guarantee that an applicant will be admitted.

Applicants must present a minimum of 24 post-secondary credits with a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on the 4.0 scale and must have completed the required core courses listed under the Regular or Mature Category.

Additional Admission Criteria

All applicants must meet the following:

1. English Language Proficiency

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicable to All Admission Categories

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at