Library Technical Assistant Certificate

The mission of the Library Technical Assistant Certificate program is to prepare students for employment in various types of libraries and/or for the foundational education in information management for a master’s degree in library science. LTA graduates possess collection development, cataloging, media technology, technology troubleshooting, reference, collaborative, and patron services skills and are eager to network and serve the surrounding community. 

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 27

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CMGEN 120 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS  3
LIB 110 INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARIES  3
LIB 114 AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT OPERATION  2
LIB 125 CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION  3
LIB 127 MARC RECORD AND TECHNICAL PROCESSING  3
LIB 210 REFERENCE  3
LIB 216 INTRODUCTION TO COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT  3
LIB 231 INTRODUCTION TO PATRON SERVICES  3
LIB 250 LIBRARY PRACTICUM  1 to 3

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ELECTIVE * 3 to 4

* Recommended Electives: CHILD 231; PRLGL 112; EDUC 230; HLTH 121; LIB 111, 200, 222.

The Library Technical Assistant Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for immediate entry into positions which help library and information services professionals acquire, prepare and organize materials, and assist library users in finding materials and information. Emphasis is on acquiring practical skills needed in day-to-day operations in a library or media center.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1LIB 110; LIB 114; LIB 125
Spring Semester 1LIB 127; LIB 216; CMGEN 120
Fall Semester 2LIB 210; LIB 231
Spring Semester 2LIB 250; Elective

Program Contact Information

LTA Program Coordinator
Library-Administration Building
Room L445
(309) 694-5508

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Professional Support Services

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