Library Technical Assistant

Have you ever wondered how a library works? How books are organized, cataloged, and displayed? Are you passionate about books, technology, or information? Do you like helping people? Are you process oriented and seeking clerical work? Then the Library Technical Assistant program might be a good fit for you!

What is a Library Technical Assistant?

Library Technical Assistants (LTAs) are an integral part of any library team. LTAs assist librarians in the daily operations of a library. Many people are unaware but working in a library requires technical training in library operations. The Library Technical Assistant program at Illinois Central College provides students with the training they need to become a valuable addition to any library staff.

“LTA’s bring more knowledge and care to the libraries we work in and everyone needs more of that.” – Susan Kellerstrass, former ICC student.

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What Will I Learn?

The mission of the Library Technical Assistant Program is to prepare students for employment in various types of libraries and to provide the foundational education in library services and information studies. LTA graduates possess basic skills in: collection development, cataloging, media technology, technology troubleshooting, reference, and patron services to serve libraries and information centers.

“This was a great program because the instructors were knowledgeable and helped with the information and lecture. They were also professional enough to understand our outside life sometimes caused issues for us. The instructors always held that professionalism that I try to emulate everyday.” – Greg Weydert, former ICC student and Director of Creve Coeur Public Library.

Will I find work?

Libraries are still thriving today. According to the U.S. Labor Department, library technical assistant careers are expected to grow at a rate of 12 percent by 2022 due to libraries using these workers to take over some of the duties of librarians.

“Without the LTA program I would not be at the job I have now. It may seem like the information will have no impact on you, but it will. The library world is changing and this program will help you adapt to the change quickly.” – Greg Weydert

A love of reading is a bonus, but not required.

So if you are looking for a career that puts a collection of books at your finger tips and gives you the ability to help others, start taking Library Technical Assistant classes today!

Illinois Central College’s Library Technical Assistant Program also includes:

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
LABORATORY SCIENCE * 4
MATHEMATICS * 3
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CMGEN 120 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS  3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY  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
ELECTIVES ** 14

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** Recommended Electives: CHILD 231; PRLGL 112; EDUC 230; HLTH 121; LIB 111, 200, 222.

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. 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1LIB 110; LIB 114; ENGL 110; CMGEN 120; Elective
Spring Semester 1LIB 125; LIB 216; ENGL 111 ; Mathematics; Elective
Fall Semester 2LIB 127; LIB 231; Laboratory Science; Social Science; Elective
Spring Semester 2LIB 210; LIB 250; COMM 110; Humanities; Electives

Program Contact Information

LTA Program Coordinator

Library-Administration Building

Room L308

(309) 694-5463

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Professional Support Services