Library Technical Assistant

Humanities & Social Sciences

Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative

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.

Program Features

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.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Identify the multiple functions of libraries and library services.
  • Summarize the role and history of libraries.
  • Use critical thinking skills to explore library services, resources, and the planning process.
  • Develop assessment skills for identifying, acquiring and organizing resource materials.
  • Identify and use key research tools to locate relevant information.
  • Evaluate information resources in both paper and electronic formats.
  • Use knowledge of current challenges facing libraries to deal effectively with issues such as censorship, funding, service limitations, and technology.
  • Develop skills in areas such as budget preparation, personnel, and facilities management to effectively manage a small library.
  • Assess and manage technology as it pertains to libraries and library services.
  • Use oral, written, and technological skills to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders/audiences.

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*
Total Credits
*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