Library Technical Assistant

  • Liberal & Fine Arts

This certificate recognizes the need for skilled paraprofessional workers in today’s libraries and offers students the opportunity to acquire, develop or update their job skills. By providing a comprehensive overview of all facets of library work, students are trained for a modern information career where they are an integral part of a library team.

What Will I Learn?

Become a skilled and trained information specialist by earning your Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Certificate. The program of 9 courses, for a total of 26 credit hours, offers frontline technology instruction, combined with classroom lectures, online learning, hands-on exercises and field trips. 

You will learn to acquire, prepare and organize materials and also teach and assist library patrons in finding and using those materials. In addition, you’ll learn to develop, market and provide programming ranging from storytimes to computer classes. LTA duties are expanding and evolving as libraries increasingly use the internet and other technologies (such as text reference, virtual collections and online databases) to share information, and you will be trained to support these services. You will become information literate and acquire an understanding of the guidelines, standards, ethics and core principles of the profession.

What is Unique About Our Program?

  • Courses are taught by degreed librarians who are working in the field
  • A practicum experience offers hands-on learning
  • Guest speakers and field trips help you gain new perspectives on specialized library work
  • Evening courses offered once a week to fit into your work life
  • Classes held in the Library in a computer lab setting for an embedded learning experience
  • Online course components accessed through iCampus, the college’s Learning Management System, offer a high-tech communication and virtually paper-free educational experience
  • Students in this program have the opportunity to apply for the Barry Levine Scholarship Award, which is exclusively available to LTA students. 

What Certificate Will I Receive? 

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Employment of library technicians and assistants is projected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the national average for all occupations, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. LTAs work in settings such as public, school, business, law firm, university, college, not-for-profit and government repositories, archives, media centers and libraries. 

Job titles include, but are not limited to:

  • Youth Services Assistant
  • Reference Services Associate
  • IT Service Desk Specialist
  • Adult Programming Assistant
  • Book Discussion Facilitator
  • School Media Associate
  • Technical Services Paraprofessional
  • Computer Class Instructor
  • Digital Repository Assistant
  • Research Specialist
  • Associate Archivist
  • Teen Services Assistant
  • InterLibrary Loan Specialist
  • MakerSpace Coordinator

Tentative Schedule of Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Course Offerings

  • LTA Course Offerings

    Summer 2022
    LTA 205 - Information and Internet Literacy

    Fall 2022
    LTA 101 - Introduction to Libraries
    LTA 201 - Cataloging and Classification
    LTA 206 - Children's Library Services

    Spring 2023
    LTA 202 - Reader's Advisory and Library Programs for Adults
    LTA 102 - Basic Information Tools

    Fall 2023
    LTA 101 - Introduction to Libraries
    LTA 204 - Libraries and Technology

    Spring 2024
    LTA 101 - Cataloging and Classification
    LTA 205 - Information and Internet Literacy 
    LTA 206 - Children's Library Services

    Summer 2024
    LTA 102 - Basic Information Tools
    LTA 202 - Reader's Advisory and Library Programs for Adults

    Fall 2024
    LTA 101 - Introduction to Libraries
    LTA 103 - Library Materials

    Offered As Needed
    LTA 208 - Library Practicum*

    * LTA 208 - Library Practicum is offered on demand as an Independent Study to students who have completed the 8 LTA course sequence.

    ** See the Catalog for course details