Humanities & Social Sciences
Specialized Diploma conferred
Today's libraries aren't simply repositories of books and journals, they are technologically-advanced media centers, managing large amounts of information in digital, print and multimedia formats. Library patrons need help navigating this new world, and libraries need trained staff who are able to organize diverse forms of information. The Library Technical Assistant program at Northampton prepares you to enter the workforce as a paraprofessional capable of working in a variety of libraries and information centers.
Northampton's convenient online program focuses particularly on information resources, services for children, and management of small public libraries. Courses address technical skills in such vital areas as acquisitions, electronic formats and cataloging of all types of materials.
Members of Northampton Community College's admissions staff can assist you in planning your program of study. Although this program is offered only online, you will be required to visit libraries to investigate print resources and explore types of library services, in addition to reading assigned textbooks and performing online research.
The specialized diploma is a 15-credit program, although courses also can be taken on an as-needed basis to improve skills in specific areas. The specialized diploma is also a good way to start your library science education if you are interested in pursuing a degree.
Professionals in Northampton's Career Services and counseling offices, as well as instructors within the program, can help you meet your employment and career goals.
Graduates of the program will:
Library Technical Assistant,
Specialized Diploma: This diploma is offered via the College Online Learning program.
|Course Code||Course Title||
|LIBT 101||Introduction to Library Service||
|LIBT 209||Computers in Libraries||
|LIBT ___||LIBT Elective Courses*||
|*LIBT Elective Course Options:|
|LIBT 115||Reference Resources and Services||
|LIBT 203||Technical Services||
|LIBT 207||Library Management||
|LIBT 253||Literature for Children & Young Adults||
Students must take LIBT 101 Introduction to Library Service; it is strongly urged that they begin the program with this course.
Students must take LIBT 209 Computers in Libraries.
To receive the Specialized Diploma, student can select three of the four elective courses to complete the 15 credit program.
Career Potential: Library Technical Assistant