Library and Information Technology COA

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

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The Library and Information Technology program is designed to assist students in the development of a wide range of technical skills in both library and media services that can lead to or enhance employment in the library field for paraprofessionals. Additionally, the curriculum is a valuable introduction to the field for students who plan to go into graduate studies to become librarians.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe the philosophical and legal foundations of libraries and the history, mission, roles, and organization of various types of libraries and networks.
  • examine and analyze the ethical, legal, and socio-political issues surrounding information and information technology and the basic laws, standards, and governance that pertain specifically to libraries and the Internet.
  • evaluate materials and electronic resources, construct and implement effective search strategies, and select the most appropriate information retrieval systems to meet library user needs.
  • apply standard methods of selecting/deselecting, acquiring, preparing, organizing (cataloging and classifying), maintaining, and circulating library materials.
  • describe the role technology plays in the creation, retrieval, and delivery of library resources and services.
  • select, use, and maintain appropriate equipment for library functions and services; perform basic troubleshooting.
  • manage a small library, a school library media center, or a department within a library.
  • understand the history of the Internet, how it functions, ethical issues relating to it, and how to use informational resources on the Internet to do research.
  • prepare for a job search in the library profession, create related application materials such as a resume and cover letter, and practice interviewing for a library position.

Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of all
courses in the required program with a minimum grade of “C” plus
approval of the Library and Information Technology Department.