Library and Information Technology (Part-time studies)

School of Information and Communications Technology Diploma

Program Overview

Today’s library technologist is tech-savvy, socially engaged and passionate about life-long learning. It’s a great career for anyone interested in literacy, learning and innovation.

Library techs are in demand—because libraries have become the go-to place for everything from traditional books to e-books, multi-media and online resources.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's two-year Library and Information Technology diploma program has been developed in accordance with the Canadian Library Association Guidelines to address ongoing advances in technology and changing library user needs. Offered at our Saskatoon campus, the program prepares you to support librarians in any type of library—or to manage day-to-day operations on your own in a small library.

You’ll take a variety of introductory academic courses to familiarize yourself with a wide variety of subjects, from world history to literature. You’ll discuss the impact of new technologies, the political and economic factors impacting information sharing, the benefits and risks of digital storage, and more. Through lectures, labs and hands-on projects, you’ll develop knowledge and skills in:

  • acquisitions, circulation and interlibrary loans
  • archives and records management
  • computer-based and traditional library management
  • database searching and reference research
  • descriptive and subject cataloguing
  • programming and public relations
  • reader assistance
  • website design and social media

Q & A Sessions

Library technologists get asked a lot of questions. Your assignments reflect the kind of requests you might get, and you’ll learn to use a wide range of resources to find answers.

In-Library Practicums

Work experience is an integral part of your learning. You’ll participate in 2 three-week practicums, one in a Saskatoon public library, one in another community library. It’s a chance to apply theory to practice, and class projects to a real working environment.


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Part-time students may take the following courses prior to admission, but must apply and be accepted to the program thereafter, in order to graduate and receive a credential: LIB 191, LIB 192, LIT 182, LIT 183, ORTN 190, PRPL 284.


Interpersonal Communications (COMM-291CE)
Basic Computer Operation (COMP-170CE)
Critical Reading and Writing (ENGL-101CE)
Borrower and Outreach Services (LIB-182CE)
Introduction to Information Resources (LIB-192CE)
Introduction to Cataloguing (LIB-196CE)
Children's Materials and Services (LIT-182CE)
Introduction to Library Service (ORTN-190CE)
Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society (SOCI-171CE)
Introductory Work Experience (WORK-194CE)
Canadian Government (CDNS-280CE)
Applied Communications (COMM-113CE)
Introduction to Microsoft Word (COMP-171CE)
Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint and Web Publishing (COMP-173CE)
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1 (COMP-174CE)
History of Libraries (LIB-180CE)
Readers' Services (LIB-191CE)
Introduction to Archives and Records Management (LIB-194CE)
General Information Resources (LIB-197CE)
Subject Cataloguing (LIB-199CE)
Work Experience 1 (WORK-285CE)
Literature Survey (ENGL-102CE)
Information Architecture Fundamentals (LIB-200CE)
Digital Technologies (LIB-289CE)
Cataloguing: Serials and Multimedia Resources (LIB-290CE)
Information Resources: Social Sciences (LIB-291CE)
Library Management - Theory and Practice (MGMT-282CE)
Indigenous Studies 1 (NAST-290CE)
Public Relations and Programming (PRPL-284CE)
World History (HIST-280CE)
Current Trends in Libraries (LIB-193CE)
Storytelling for all Ages (LIB-282CE)
Acquisitions and Collections Development (LIB-292CE)
Information Resources: Humanities and Science and Technology (LIB-293CE)
Young Adults' Materials and Services (LIT-183CE)
Indigenous Studies 2 (NAST-291CE)
Capstone Project (PROJ-211CE)
Work Experience 2 (WORK-286CE)