Library Technician Certificate and Degree Program Summaries

Prospective library technicians may earn a certificate or associate's degree in the field to gain entry-level positions. Advanced training is needed to become a librarian. By reading ahead, you'll get information on these program's curricula, continuing education options and admissions requirements.

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Essential Information

Certificate (1-year) and associate's degree (2-year) programs in library technician training offer fundamental knowledge of the organization, location and maintenance of various library resources. Internships may be included in 2-year programs. To be eligible for admission, applicants typically just need a high school diploma or the equivalent. Graduates of these programs typically work as assistants or technicians. Positions as librarians require a bachelor's or master's degree.


Certificate in Library Technician

A library technician certificate program acquaints students with the technologies used in libraries and other organizations to organize, retrieve and manage information sources. Classes impart fundamental skills in classifying and cataloging books, periodicals and electronic records. In addition to training people new to the field, certificate programs can also provide working library professionals with a continuing education option. Students may earn a certificate in a year or less.

Education Prerequisites

Certificate program candidates need to be high school graduates or have earned an equivalency certificate. Schools may prefer candidates whose high school coursework developed their competency in computer literacy, mathematics, reading and writing.

Program Coursework

Closely related subject matter, such as computer fundamentals, might be part of some library technician certificate programs, but course content will otherwise stay close to the primary topic. Typical library technician courses may include:

  • Information resources
  • Collection development
  • Cataloging and classification
  • Electronic databases
  • Internet fundamentals for librarians

Career Information

Graduates of a library technician certificate program are qualified for positions as library technicians and library assistants. Although some libraries will hire applicants with only a high school diploma, most prefer those with at least a certificate.

Continuing Education Information

Certificate credits are often transferable to an associate's degree program. Many community colleges offer both certificates and associate's degrees in the field.


Associate's Degree in Library Technician

A library technician associate's degree program trains students in common library processes and procedures, and develops their base of technical skill in information storage, retrieval and management. Coursework addresses inventory control, circulation systems, and cataloging and classification systems. Students gain knowledge through a combination of classroom instruction, independent study and internships. An associate's degree may be earned in two years or less.

Education Prerequisites

Applicants to an associate's degree program need to have earned a high school diploma or GED. Some schools also require an admissions interview.

Program Coursework

Associate's degree programs typically include general education or liberal arts courses in communications, mathematics and social science. Courses specific to the degree topic may include:

  • Children's library services
  • Library programming
  • Library database concepts
  • Records management
  • Library services

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2010-2020, employment of library technicians will increase 9% (www.bls.gov). Growth will be driven by increased usage of technicians and assistants whose pay rates are lower than librarians, thereby saving libraries money. Library technicians earned a median salary of $30,660 as of May 2012.

Continuing Education Information

People who earn an associate's degree and want to become librarians need to earn a master's degree in library sciences. However, earning a master's degree first entails earning a bachelor's degree. Many schools have transfer programs that enable a student to apply their credits toward a bachelor's degree, either in library and information sciences or a related subject.

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