Frequently Asked Questions about the LIBT Program

Answers to common questions about the LIBT Program and the profession as a whole.

What is a Library Technician or Assistant?

According to the Occupational Outlook HandbookLibrary Technicians and Assistants “help librarians acquire, prepare, and organize materials. They also do other tasks that are needed to run a library.” Technicians work in a variety of settings including public, academic, school, and special libraries. 

Where can I work?

There are over 100 libraries in the greater Sacramento region, not including school libraries. Check out our list of Sacramento Area Libraries to see what’s out there.

Why should I enroll?

Upon completion of the program, students will have the skills they need to work in a variety of library settings and an understanding of the important role of library paraprofessionals in the library profession.

How can I enroll?

There is no “enrollment process” for the Library and Information Technology Program.

Students go through the general Sacramento City College Steps to Success.  The final step in that process is to register for classes. LIBT students simply need to enroll in the LIBT classes.

There is a specific order in which you should schedule the Library and Information Technology classes. Make sure you check how to Schedule Your Courses before you enroll.

Check the current SCC Class Schedules to see which classes are offered each semester.

Enroll in classes using eServices and make sure you can access Canvas (the Los Rios Course Management System).

Who can I contact for more information?

Pamela Posz is the Coordinator for the LIBT Program at SCC.
You can most easily reach her via email poszp@scc.losrios.edu

Phone: (916) 558-2186.

Who are the instructors?

Most of our instructors are currently employed librarians.  A few of our instructors are retired librarians.  If you would like more information about any of our instructors, go to the LIBT Faculty page.

Should I get the A.S. Degree or Certificate of Achievement?

Completion of the Associate in Science degree is best for students who do not already have another undergraduate degree. It may be obtained by completion of all courses in the career certificate program, plus general education requirements and sufficient electives to meet a 60 unit total.

Completion of the Certificate of Achievement is best for students who already have another undergraduate or graduate degree and wish to obtain skills they will need to work in library settings. The Certificate may be obtained by completion of all of the courses in the required program with a minimum grade of “C”, plus approval of the Library and Information Technology Department.

Students may wish to complete the LIBT coursework and earn a Certificate of Achievement in order to improve their chances of obtaining a job working in a library. They could then complete the rest of the coursework that is required to earn an Associate in Science degree.

What classes do I need to complete the program?

The courses cover a variety of topics relating to work in libraries.
You’ll find information about current classes by looking for Library and Information Technology (LIBT) in the current class schedule.
You’ll find a complete description of coursework in the Library and Information Technology section of the SCC catalog.

Required Program
 Course Name Units
 LIBT 100 Introduction to Library and Information Technology .5
 LIBT 300 Introduction to Library Services 2
 LIBT 325 Internet Research Skills 3
 LIBT 330 Library Technical Processes 3
 LIBT 331 Library Cataloging Procedures 3
 LIBT 333 Library/Media Materials and Equipment 1
 LIBT 343 Library Reference Services 3
 LIBT 345 Library Operations and Management 2
 LIBT 110 Job Search Skills for Library Careers 1
 CISA 315 Introduction to Electronic Spreadsheets 2
LIBT 498Work Experience in Library and Information Technology (1-4)A minimum of 2 units
WEXP 498 or
LIBT 498
Work Experience in (Subject) (1 – 4) or
Work Experience in Library and Information Technology (1-4)
A minimum of 1 unit
Total Units Required 23.5

Should I take the classes in a specific order?

Yes, there is an order in which you should take the classes.
The LIBT Course Scheduling Assistant will show you how to schedule your classes to get through the program in the most efficient way.

How long will it take me to complete the LIBT Certificate program?

Most of the students complete the program in two years although it is possible to complete it in one year. The LIBT Course Scheduling Assistant has information about the most effective way to schedule your coursework.

When and where are the Library and Information Technology classes taught?

Most of the classes are taught in the Learning Resource Center on the Sacramento City College campus at night. Some of the classes take students on field trips to visit local libraries. Some classes are “hybrid” which means that part of the course will be taught on campus and part will be taught online. A few are online except for the first class.

Classes are only taught during the fall and spring semesters. We do not typically offer summer courses.

Will I have to set up my own internship for the work experience class (LIBT 498)?

Pamela Posz, the instructor for the class, will help you make the arrangements. Please contact her the semester before you expect to take LIBT 498 to discuss arrangements for your internships.

Will I be a librarian after completing the program?

No. A librarian holds a Master’s degree in Library.
The SCC program trains you to be a Library Technician or Library Assistant, both of which are paraprofessional positions.
There are no Bachelor’s in Library and Information Science offered in the western part of the United States.

How can I become a librarian?

Check the American Library Association Directory of ALA-Accredited Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies to view Master’s Programs in North America.

The closest Master’s degree program to Sacramento City College is the School of Library & Information Science at San Jose State University.

For a larger list of possible Library and Information Science Schools, U.S. News & World Report has a ranked list from 2013.