Program Description

The Library Technology Program prepares students for entry level Library Assistant and more specialized higher-level Library Technician positions in all types of libraries under the supervision of a librarian. Coursework includes hands-on instruction in library operations and services, including training in the use of specialized automated library systems, library service principles, and essential workplace customer service, technology, and workplace communication skills. The program highlights job-related skills and practices needed to enter and succeed in the library workplace as well as continuing education opportunities for those currently employed. PCC’s Certificate of Achievement program is aligned with the American Library Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC - http://ala-apa.org/lssc/).

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

1. Articulate library principles, roles, and service issues related to the diverse communities libraries serve.

2. Demonstrate library workplace skills by performing various library technician job duties.

3. Demonstrate understanding of successful library service by analyzing library staff interactions with library users.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

License requirements:

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: www.collegescorecard.ed.gov.

This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

(19 units):

Recommended sequence:

Required Courses

  • LIB 001 College Research Skills (1)
  • LIB 101 Introduction to Library Services for Paraprofessionals (3)
  • LIB 102 Introduction to Reference Services (3)
  • LIB 103 Introduction to Library Access Services (3)
  • LIB 104 Introduction to Library Technical Services (3)
  • LIB 105A Descriptive Cataloging Procedures in Online Environments (3)


Required Electives

One of the following courses:

  • BIT 025 Survey of Computer Technology in Business (3)
  • BIT 106 Business Software - Introduction to Microsoft Office System (3)
  • CIS 001 Introduction to Computers (3)
  • CIS 010 - Introduction To Information Systems (3)

Recommended Electives

  • LIB 020 Independent Study (1)
  • LIB 106 Library Technology Internship (1)
  • CHDV 011 Infant and Toddler Development (1)
  • CHDV 024C Special Topics in Child Development - The Young Child (2)
  • CHDV 118 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
  • PLGL 145A Legal Research (3)
  • PLGL 145B Computer Aided Research (1)
  • SPCH 010 Interpersonal Communication (3)

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