Apr 21, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Library Information Technology

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Program Description

Organize, manage and access information as a library technician, information specialist or records management technician through this extensive program covering cataloguing, classification, public relations, web design and more.  

Information resourcing is a people-oriented high-tech adventure and a sought-after skill. Public, academic and special libraries, including government and law libraries, as well as school learning commons all need employees with technical and people skills to ensure the expanding volume of information in today’s world remains accessible and useful.  

This comprehensive program will make you proficient in every area of library operations. It covers information services, including database searching, library network technology, cataloguing and classification. You’ll use this knowledge to develop the skills required to ensure you can assist and educate customers on how to get the information they need when they need it. You’ll also learn about records management, storytelling, marketing and public relations, web design and more. 

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • Small class sizes: 40 students max.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as a library technician/assistant, information specialist, research assistant/analyst, and records management technician. This program also prepares graduates for numerous career opportunities in public and school libraries, as well as specialty libraries in areas of petroleum, law, medicine, geology, social services, government, or in related organizations such as records information centres, library wholesalers, software companies and bookstores.

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT’s programs.

To succeed in this program, you should:

  • Be prepared to work in teams
  • Attend and actively participate in all classes
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills
  • Become familiar and adhere to SAIT’s policies and procedures
  • Spend five to eight hours per week on each course outside of regular class time

If you are engaged in campus life and take advantage of SAIT services and resources, you may be more likely to experience success in SAIT’s programs.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Library Information Technology.


There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Business for more information.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

At least 60% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents, AND,
  • Two of the following Grade 12 subjects: Math, Science, Social Science, Accounting, Law or a second language.
  • LIBR-200 (Introduction to Libraries) may be substituted for one of the two Grade 12 subjects. This course is available through distance education.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 61.5

Program Outcomes

  1. Uses current business communication practices.
  2. Uses information literacy skills.
  3. Provides information services to clients.
  4. Uses current industry standards to organize materials and records.
  5. Complies with regulatory and legislative information.
  6. Creates services and programs oriented to the community served.
  7. Commits to continual learning and professional development.
  8. Adapts to diverse working environments.
  9. Uses current library technology.
10. Explores emerging technology and issues.

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