Library Technology

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Certificate Program
Program Coordinator: Marie Shaw- 860-449-4411

Our Library Technology certificate program is nationally accredited by the American Library Association through their Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC). Students who complete the Library Technology certificate at Three Rivers Community College demonstrate nationally accepted competencies of library service and operations. Students benefit from LSSC in many ways, such as it gives students proof of their achievements, their certification is portable in other states, and it provides students an edge on employment opportunities.

This 30 credit program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as library technical assistants as well as to improve the knowledge and skills of those already working in public, academic and special libraries.

Students may complete this certificate by completing the courses that are listed below. Courses may be taken in any order with the exception of those that require a prerequisite.



Course ID Title of Course Credits
ENG* K101° Composition 3
LIB* K101 Introduction to Library Public Services 3
LIB* K104° Introduction to Reference Services 3
LIB* K116° Cataloging and Classification 3
LIB* K123 Introduction to Library Technical Services 3
LIB* K127 Management Strategies 3
LIB* K201° Digital Resources 3
LIB* K125 Digital Media (or a course contingent on advisor approval) 3
LIB* K__#

Library Technology Elective: please choose from list below: 


° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description.
# LIB* K202° is required for students with no practical library experience.

Library Technology elective courses available:                                                                LIB* K120 Literature for Children                                                                                         LIB* K202 # Supervised Field Placement (contingent on advisor approval)

Library Technology, Certificate
Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. explain the mission of libraries, departments and services of libraries, and basic library policies.

  2. demonstrate good customer service and communication skills.

  3. recognize and explain common library terminology.

  4. apply knowledge of basic technology skills (including online computer automation systems; word processing, email, Internet and other productivity software; and internet and database searching techniques) to assist patrons in a rapidly changing technological environment.

  5. explain basic reference and information resources and referral procedures.

  6. explain basic library classification systems and use them to catalog and retrieve materials.

  7. demonstrate appropriate methods and techniques for material processing, storage, and preservation.