Individuals interested in becoming library technicians might pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Library and Information Science Technology. Except for an internship requirement, the coursework that leads to the degree can be completed online. Courses focus on the acquisition, classification, processing and maintenance of individual materials and entire collections, all with an emphasis on technical and computer literacy skills.
Online Library Technician Courses
These library tech courses can be completed online through various programs in library technology.
- Introduction to Libraries Course: Students in this course learn about library philosophy, the importance of information access and the role of libraries in societies throughout history. Terminology specific to library and information sciences is introduced. Students also study various types of libraries and begin to consider career preferences.
- Library Organization and Circulation Course: This course teaches students about the policies, procedures and tools governing the organization and circulation of library materials. The Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification systems are introduced, along with various search tools and methods for acquiring materials. Also discussed are methods for organizing, cataloging, recalling and processing library materials. Additional topics include registering patrons, handling requests, inter-library loans and late fee processing.
- School Libraries Course: This course discusses state-specific certification requirements for technicians working in K-12 school libraries. An emphasis is placed on the specific needs of primary and secondary students. The library technician's role in teaching information literacy and encouraging full utilization of available services is also discussed.
- Library Customer Service Course: Students learn approaches for ensuring customer satisfaction, including effective communication and problem solving. A strong focus is placed on diversity recognition with regard to how users' needs vary by culture, native language, generation and educational background. Issues specific to access are also emphasized; this includes a discussion of resources for the visually impaired, such as large type, braille, and books on tape in addition to the importance of book mobile outreach to those who can't easily get to a library.
- Collection Development Course: This course covers the basics of developing and managing print and electronic collections. The roles of special and reserve collections are also introduced. Students learn to effectively assess user needs, as well as learning methods for selecting, acquiring and evaluating materials. Safe practices for storing, handling, maintaining and preserving materials are also taught.
- Library Technology Course: The topic of effectively integrating new technologies into library operations is at the heart of this course. Key issues include emerging technologies for viewing media, library systems automation, database utilization, electronic resources availability and technical literacy.
- Elementary and Secondary School Media Course: Students learn best practices for the management and facilitation of a library media center. Differences in centers at elementary, middle and high school levels are explored. Assignments may include research into the varied programs offered at media centers.