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.
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 and Selection
- Applications are accepted until the program start date.
- Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.
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.
Interested in a single course?
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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|
|LIBR-200||Introduction to Libraries||1.5|
|LIBR-202||Bibliographic Description and Access I||3.0|
|LIBR-235||Library Information Services I||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|
|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|
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-349||Library and Information Technology Project I||1.5|
|LIBR-399||Library and Information Technology Project II||1.5|
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.
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Books and supplies*
- 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.
Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies.
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.
Wi-Fi Connection at home for online connection.
To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices.
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.
Sandra Lee, Academic Chair
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.
"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."
"I love books and organization and it was just a good program fit for me," she says.
"It applies to different career fields. You have so many options with this program."
"Libraries today are not just books but computers and online databases. I've got good skills for the 21st century now."