Library Information Technology

  • All required program courses are offered fully online; electives and general education courses are offered in online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats.
  • Periodic special events are planned so students can have an opportunity to meet face to face.
  • Professional-level engagement with the broader community is encouraged through service-learning opportunities and project options to write papers for suitable submission to professional journals.
  • Program courses continually respond to changing dynamics in the field.
  • A capstone internship experience for students completing the A.A.S. degree provides valuable practical knowledge and connections to the professional community.
  • Courses are aligned with the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (APA-ALA) Library Support Staff Certification Program competencies. There may be benefits to attaining this certification, however students in our program are not required to pay for the certification or submit portfolios to this body.

Program Description

Minneapolis College's Library Information Technology (LIT) Program will equip you with the practical and conceptual skills needed to work in highly automated libraries and information agencies. Whether you seek your A.A.S. Degree in order to become a paraprofessional or transfer to a 4-year college, or if you would like to earn a certificate, Minneapolis College’s LIT program will train you in the ethical, legal and professional frameworks for delivering library and information resources to communities. Both the degree and the certificates are offered in a fully online environment.

Program Details

Outcomes

Occupational Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of librarians is expected to grow by 10 percent through 2020. One potential job growth area lies outside traditional settings; nontraditional librarian jobs include working as information brokers and working for private corporations, nonprofits and consulting firms. The BLS also notes that businesses are turning to librarians for their research and organizational skills and knowledge of computer databases and library automation systems. See the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook for the most current information on the national occupational outlook.

Potential Job Titles

  • Paralibrarian
  • Library Technician
  • Library Assistant
  • Library Associate
  • Assistant Librarian
  • Library Specialist
  • Library Technical Assistant (LTA)
  • Public Records Specialist
  • Document Manager
  • Indexer/Abstractor
  • Market Researcher
  • Content Manager
  • Data Services Specialist

Where You Could Work

  • Libraries of all types
  • Corporate and other special libraries
  • Public libraries
  • School media centers
  • Academic libraries
  • Private companies
  • Bookstores
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Database and indexing companies
  • Freelance work