About the Program
The primary objective of the Library Technician program is to prepare students with the necessary skills to work in a supportive capacity to librarians and patrons. The aim of this program is to provide a solid foundation in core library technical skills, and provide students with the skills and knowledge of new trends in technology including gaining the skills to manage library software. Through their education and experience in this program, students will learn how to catalogue, maintain, and retrieve print, digital, and audiovisual resources, and specialized media. They will also be introduced to research strategies for library catalogues, databases, and the Internet and learn skills in website development. In addition, this program will provide education and training in soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
The Library Technician program is designed for students who are interested in working in a library and assisting patrons, supporting librarians, maintaining library databases, cataloguing and researching materials, and serving as a team member in a library setting. Library technicians are employed in settings such as public libraries, higher education libraries, K-12 libraries, and special libraries such as medical, law, corporate, and government facilities.
If you are or have been convicted, pleaded guilty or no contest to, or received a suspended imposition of sentence for a felony or certain misdemeanors, you are advised that you may not be able to complete all course requirements for your chosen program, you may be prevented from taking required certification/licensure examinations in your chosen program field, and you may be prevented from gaining employment in your program field.
Clinicals, practicums, and internships may include, but are not limited to, differential shifts (evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays) to meet industry expectations. This may require travel outside the Rapid City area.