Program Overview

Ivy Tech Community College offers an online Associate of Science in Library Technical Assistant. The degree program is designed for several career goals: library support staff, to obtain state or national librarian certification or to use Associate Degree as a foundation for a bachelor/master's degree in library and information science. The degree opens career opportunities with new education or advances current positions by enhancing skills and knowledge. The Library Technical Assistant program gives students an understanding of the history, the purpose, the functions and roles the different types of libraries play in a modern technological world. The coursework is in basic library technical services including ordering, processing, and copy-cataloging of the variety of types and forms of materials found in libraries; library public support services including circulation and basic reference, and computer operations as they relate to the functionality of library operations.

The Library Technical Assistant program is best suited for students interested in serving the information needs of library customers. Students may also choose a technical processing area of library function, where there is rare contact with the library's customers. Library work involves attention to accuracy and detail whether working with customers or working behind the scenes.  Libraries are adapting to change and moving to a more digital era, so the Library Technical Assistant program gives students the resources to work with computers and other technologies.

The Associate of Science degree for Library Technical Assistant is a 60 credit hour online program. The virtual classroom provides students with the same courses and knowledge as the traditional program, but is delivered entirely through a distance education delivery system. The core curriculum covers topics such as:  English Composition, Student Success Elective, Introduction to Libraries and Library Services, Introduction to Library Access Services, Mathematics Elective, Introduction to Technical Services,  Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Introduction to Reference Sources and Services, Library Technology and a Library Assistant Practicum.

Graduates of the LTA program can be successful in careers related to Library Technical Assistant, Library Technician, Library Assistant, Library Aide, School Media Center Aide, Circulation Assistant, Reference Assistant, Technical Services Assistant, Audio Visual Assistant or use the A.S. degree as a foundation for future higher education goals.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Requirements

    Submit one of the following: SAT/ACT/PSAT scores; High school GPA; College transcript; or complete the ACCUPLACER assessment on campus.

    School Overview

    Ivy Tech Community College was founded in 1963 as Indiana Vocational Technical College. Back then, it was focused primarily on technical and vocational education. Today, ITCC is Indiana’s only full-fledged community college, offering more than 150 programs in the divisions of Health, Technology, Business & Public Services, and University/Transfer, as well as transfer programs with in-state and out-of-state schools. Students can choose from more than 1,000 online classes.

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