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Library Technician

If you love libraries, you know they are exciting and interesting places where anything and everything can be found. Imagine working as a library technician helping others discover the love of learning and wonder that occurs in a library. WDT offers a Library Technician Program just for you.

Degree Description

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.

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Application Process

1. Complete WDT Application
2. Submit High School transcript or GED scores
3. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doeses of MMR vaccinations
4. Submit offical college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution
5. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15.00 fee)

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub score of at least 40 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be wihin the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday - Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

The Library Technician Career

The Library Technician’s role continues to evolve to meet the needs of the 21st-Century patrons.

When libraries are interviewing to fill positions, 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.

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After Earning Your Degree

Employment of library technicians and assistants is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Because of budget constraints, more libraries are hiring technicians and assistants to provide library services instead of traditional librarians. This is because technicians and assistants typically work part time and are cheaper to employ compared to librarians. Therefore, demand for library technicians and assistants should increase.  The median annual salary for a Library Technician is $27,930.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.

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Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.

Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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