Library Technical Assistant
Library Technical Assistants (LTAs) are an integral part of any library team, assisting librarians in the operations of a library. The Library Technical Assistant Certificate prepares students for employment in various types of libraries.
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Students will learn the foundational knowledge in library services and information studies, including developing library collections, cataloging, media technology, technology troubleshooting, reference, and providing customer service to library patrons.
The curriculum teaches students to demonstrate adherence to the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics.
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Library Assistant or Library Technician in academic, public, school, or special libraries
if Full Time
24 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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How Do I Get Into the Library Technical Assistant Program?
Start a career that puts a collection of books at your fingertips and gives you the ability to help others. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- High School courses in English, math, science and computers are beneficial.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills are helpful, as well as being detail oriented.
What Can I Expect as a Library Technical Assistant Student?
- Courses taught by professional library staff.
- Students learn the foundational knowledge appropriate to perform as an entry-level Library Technical Assistant.
- Acquire the skills needed in day-to-day operations in a library or media center.
- Curriculum also provides the foundational education information management for individuals wanting to pursue a master’s degree in library science.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.