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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Library and Information Technology program prepares students for paraprofessional levels of library service. Courses are designed for students with no previous library experience, for those returning to the workforce, or those upgrading skills. Graduates of the program are prepared for the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC). The LSSC Program is accredited by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA). This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements, electives and general education in the courses listed below.

For more information about Library and Information Technology, please visit the program page.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: LIBRA.AAS

Program Requirements
LIBRA 1101Intro to Libraries & the Information Age3
LIBRA 1102Introduction to Reference and Information Services3
LIBRA 1103Acquisition of Library Materials3
LIBRA 1104Essential Library Workplace Skills3
LIBRA 1105Readers Advisory3
or LIBRA 1820 Selected Topics
LIBRA 2100Introduction to Cataloging and Classification4
LIBRA 2200Serving the Public in Today's Libraries4
LIBRA 2400Library Technology3
LIBRA 2600Library Practicum4
CIS 1150Understand Computers/Information/Systems3
MANAG 2220Organizational Behavior3
Electives
Select ten credits from any 1000- or 2000-level courses 110
General Education
Select 18 to 22 credits 118-22
Total Credits64-68

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
LIBRA 1101 Intro to Libraries & the Information Age 3
LIBRA 1104 Essential Library Workplace Skills 3
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
CIS 1150 Understand Computers/Information/Systems 3
GEN EDPhysical & Life Science 4-5
 Credits16-17
Second Semester
LIBRA 1103 Acquisition of Library Materials 3
LIBRA 2200 Serving the Public in Today's Libraries 4
LIBRA 1105
Readers Advisory
or Selected Topics
3
SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
MATH 1 3-5
 Credits16-18
Summer Semester
ELECTIVE 3-6
 Credits3-6
Third Semester
LIBRA 2100 Introduction to Cataloging and Classification 4
LIBRA 2400 Library Technology 3
LIBRA 1102 Introduction to Reference and Information Services 3
GEN EDSocial & Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits13
Fourth Semester
LIBRA 2600 Library Practicum (fall and spring) 4
MANAG 2220 Organizational Behavior 3
GEN EDHumanities and Fine Arts 3
ELECTIVE 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits61-67
1

Only one mathematics course from the following three courses may count toward overall degree requirement credit: MATH 1635 StatisticsPSYCH 2280 Statistics/Social & Behavioral Sciences​, or SOCIO 2205 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Only one of the following courses may count toward overall degree credit: MATH 1428 College Algebra With Applications or MATH 1431 Precalculus I.

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.
  • Meet with full-time Library and Info Tech faculty for intro to the program.
  • Take Mathematics Placement Test and begin developmental math sequence, if needed.
  • Become acquainted with Learning Commons and the services they provide.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.
  • Become involved in LTA Club
  • Consider enrolling in Honors courses if you meet the qualifications
  • Start researching transfer schools, if applicable

Third Semester

  • Meet with Library and Information Technology Chair to begin preparing for LIBRA 2600 Library Practicum
  • Meet with transfer schools and begin preparing transfer applications
  • Attend Reaching Forward conference for Library Technical Assistants (if spring term, the conference is every May)
  • Become an American Library Association member at the student rate

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