If you love libraries, you know they are exciting, interesting places where you can find anything and everything you want. Imagine working in one and helping others discover the love you already have.
WDT’s Library Technician program can do exactly that.
You can choose an Associate of Applied Science degree that can be completed in less than two years, or you can choose a diploma option you can complete in less than one year. Both options are designed to give you the skills you need to graduate and begin working in your career of choice.
The primary objective of the Library Technician program is to prepare you with the necessary skills to work in a 21st Century library that supports patrons. The program will provide a solid foundation in library technical skills and give you the skills and knowledge of new trends in technology. You will graduate with skills to manage library software and social media applications. Through your education and experience in the program, you will learn how to catalogue, maintain, and retrieve print, digital, and audiovisual resources and specialized media. You also will be introduced to research strategies for library catalogues, databases, and the Internet and learn skills in website development.
Library technicians work in public libraries; college libraries; K-12 libraries; and special libraries such as medical, law, corporate, and government libraries.
When libraries are interviewing to fill positions like these, two of the criteria they look for are library experience and library education. This program combines the two and will vault a good candidate to the top of the list for interviews.
Labor market information for South Dakota and a survey of potential employers show there is demand for Library Technicians now and in the future. Between 2008 and 2018, the number of library technician positions in South Dakota is expected to grow by more than 5 percent, according to the South Dakota Labor Market Information Center. Nationally, the number of library technicians is expected to grow about 9 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The number of library assistants is expected to grow nationally by about 11 percent during that same time.
In South Dakota, library technicians earn from $12 to $15 per hour on average and typically receive full health benefits.
Online Classes = More Flexibility
WDT will offer much of this program online to allow working adults an opportunity to pursue an education while working full-time. You can pursue this program from your home, and you won’t need to relocate to train for a new career.
Partnerships = More Opportunity
WDT is in an excellent position to offer this program. WDT’s partnership with the Rapid City Public Library and the construction of a WDT-Community Library on campus will offer real-world training opportunities right on campus.