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Library Information Technology (part-time)


Credential: Diploma
Available: Part Time Classroom or Online

Program Highlights

Develop skills in every area of library operations, from database searching, library network technology, cataloguing and classification to public relations, web design and records management.

*This program is also offered full-time.

Next Information Session

All Information Sessions

Tuition and Fees Per Credit*

Domestic: $134.50
International: $504.50

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


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted year-round. Apply now!
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Program Details

Program Description

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. LIT 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.

The two-year LIT diploma is offered at SAIT as a day-time diploma program. 

Your career

Graduates may find employment as a library technician/assistant, information specialist, research assistant/analyst, and records management technician. This program also prepares graduates for numerous career opportunities in public and school libraries, as well as specialty libraries in areas of petroleum, law, medicine, geology, social services, government, or in related organizations such as records information centres, library wholesalers, software companies and bookstores.

  • Graduates of the Library Information Technology program have a 88% employment rate.


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


Have questions about this specific program?

School of Information and Communications Technologies

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.

Admission Requirements

At least 60% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents, AND,
  • 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 distance education.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in 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 (part-time) 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.


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To complete the diploma, students must take all the required courses plus three electives. 

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMN-220 Communication and 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
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
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
LIBR-323 Managing Digital Content 3.0
MGMT-215 Advanced Information and Records Management 3.0
MMGT-350 Information Management Administration 3.0
PRAC-320 Practicum Preparation 1.5
PRAC-392 Library Practicum 3.0
Required Total 57.0


Students are required to complete 3 elective courses.

Course Code Course Name Credit
LIBR-260 Collection Development for Adults 1.5
LIBR-315 Services Children and Young Adults 1.5
LIBR-330 Storytelling 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
Elective Total 4.5
Program Total 61.0


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.


Tuition and fees per credit*

The following costs are based on a single 1.5 or 3.0 credit course. Additional fees may be added depending on the delivery of a course and the number of courses taken at a time. 

Domestic International
Credit Course cost Credit Course cost
1.5 $201.75 1.5 $756.75
3.0 $403.50 3.0 $1,513.50

Books and supplies*

* 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


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 Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


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

Academic chair

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

Inspiring Stories

Sara has always admired the librarians in her community. She hopes to work with elementary school children in order to foster their love of reading. 

Being able to connect with people who have similar interests was a highlight for Jaylyn during her time as a Library Information Technology student. She hopes to work with children in a library or museum environment going forward. 

"This program provides an overall foundation in not just catalogue and records management, but highly transferrable skills such as communication and critical thinking," says Hayley, who appreciated the practical, hands-on learning.

Paulette was drawn to study at SAIT because it offered an option for distance learning - something key to Paulette who wanted to keep working and raising her family while studying to get ahead in her library career.

Sara Witt
Library Information Technology | 2018

"There's more than one type of library," she says. "I went in here knowing very little and it opened my mind to so much more." 

Jaylyn Hewitt
Library Information Technology | 2018

"I love books and organization and it was just a good program fit for me," she says.

Hayley Ferguson
Library Information Technology | 2017

"It applies to different career fields. You have so many options with this program."

Paulette Pelland
Library Information Technology | 2017

"Libraries today are not just books but computers and online databases. I've got good skills for the 21st century now."

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