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Library Information Technology

Open for Fall 2021

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Winter 2021 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. Learn more

Overview

Organize, manage and access information as a library technician, information specialist or records management technician through this extensive program covering cataloguing, classification, public relations, web design and more.

Information resourcing is a high-tech adventure and a sought after skill. Various industries need employees with people skills to organize, access and manage the expanding volume of information in today’s world.

Library Information Technology students gain proficiency in every area of library operations, from database searching, library network technology, cataloguing and classification to public relations, web design and records management. 

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Library Information Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in public and school libraries, speciality libraries in areas like petroleum, law, medicine, geology, social services and government or related organizations such as records information centres, library wholesalers, software companies and bookstores. Potential positions include: 

  • library technician 
  • library assistant 
  • information specialist 
  • research assistant 
  • records management technician

Related careers include: 

  • paralegal 
  • health information management 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $ 5,459
Year 2: $ 5 ,257

Year 1 (International): $ 17,204
Year 2 (International): $ 16,448

Year 1: TBA 
Year 2: TBA

Year 1 (International): $17,522
Year 2 (International): $17,832

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

At least 60% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents,
  • Two of the following Grade 12 subjects: Math, Science, Social Science, Accounting, Law or a second language.
  • LIBR-200 (Introduction to Libraries) may be substituted for one of the two Grade 12 subjects. This course is available through Continuing Education.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Library Information Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMN-220 Communication to Presentation Skills 3.0
COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals 3.0
LIBR-200 Introduction to Libraries 1.5
LIBR-202 Bibliographic Description and Access I 3.0
LIBR-235 Library Information Services I 3.0
LIBR-297 Library Operations 3.0
Semester 1 Total 16.5

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-352 Communicating in the Workplace 1.5
LIBR-251 Integrated Library Technology 3.0
LIBR-252 Bibliographic Description and Access II 3.0
LIBR-335 Library Information Services II 3.0
MGMT-244 Fundamentals of Information and Records Management 3.0
MKTG-360 Library Marketing 1.5
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 31.5

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
DATA-375 Online Database Searching 3.0
LIBR-302 Bibliographic Description and Access III 3.0
LIBR-305 Library Technology Customer Service 3.0
LIBR-320 Design Web Tools for Libraries 3.0
PRAC-320 Practicum Preparation 1.5
Semester 3 Total 13.5

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
LIBR-323 Managing Digital Content 3.0
MGMT-215 Advanced Information and Records Management 3.0
MMGT-350 Information Management Administration 3.0
PRAC-392 Library Practicum 3.0
Semester 4 Total 12.0

Electives

Course Code Course Name Credit
ENGL-322 Contemporary World Literature 1.5
LIBR-260 Collection Development for Adults 1.5
LIBR-310 Special Libraries 1.5
LIBR-315 Services Children/Young Adults 1.5
LIBR-330 Storytelling 1.5
LIBR-340 Specialized Terminology 1.5
LIBR-349 Library and Information Technology Project I 1.5
LIBR-351 Public Libraries 1.5
LIBR-399 Library and Information Technology Project II 1.5
Electives 4.5
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 61.5
Students are required to complete three library electives (totalling 4.5 credits) in the Second Year. Not all courses are necessarily taught in a given year.

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course. requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of New Brunswick, Saint John
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Costs

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,237 $682 $288 $252 $5,459
2 $4,035 $682 $288 $252 $5,257

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $15,891 $682 $288 $344 $17,204
2 $15,135 $682 $288 $344 $16,448

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA
2 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $16,209 $682 $288 $344 $17,522
2 $16,519 $682 $288 $344 $17,832

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

Find out about  tuition and financial aid.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Aug. 31, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery 

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

Wi-Fi Connection at home for online connection. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone:  403.284.8897
Email:  ict.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic chair

Sandra Lee, Academic Chair
Email:  sandra.lee@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

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