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Library Information Technology

What is Library Information Technology?

A library is more than just a building full of books. It's a space to learn, create, and connect with the past, present, and future. 

BCTC offers online undergraduate library science courses, which lead to the:

  • Academic Certificate in Library Information Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Information Management & Design with the Library Information Technology Option
  • Associate of Arts and Associate of Science elective courses for transfer to the Northern Kentucky University bachelor's degree in Library Informatics

The courses satisfy the paraprofessional certification levels for Kentucky public library employees. In addition, they satisfy re-certification requirements for all levels of Kentucky public library certification.

We welcome students from all over the world and from all types of libraries.

  • Current tuition information
  • Some classes have required textbooks. Required Textbooks
  • Kentucky residents age 65 and older may register as Donovan Scholars with a full tuition waiver.
  • All LIT and LIN 175 classes are completely online.

Application for New or Returning Students (no fee for applying)

On the Application for Admission Form

  • The KCTCS College is BLC (for Bluegrass - Lexington Campus on Cooper Drive where the online classes originate)
  • Program: Information Management & Design > Library Information Technology
  • Starting term: Choose the appropriate term
  • Note: applicants must submit an official copy of the high school transcript or GED®.

What are my career Choices?

Our graduates find employment as:

  • Library Assistants
  • Library Technicians
  • Library Clerks
  • Technical Information Specialists
  • Data Curators
  • Archivists
  • Digital Content Curators

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The Academic Certificate in Library Information Technology prepares students for paraprofessional jobs in libraries. These courses also count towards certification for Kentucky public library employees. 

Upon completion of the academic certificate, students will be able to:

  • Perform basic library reference services using print and online sources
  • Plan and produce library services and programs
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills, and
  • Describe the role of libraries as agencies for information services

Courses taken for the Certificate in Library Information Technology may be used also for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design and Library Technology, Library Information Technology Track.

All Library Information Technology courses are web-based distance courses.

LIT Certificate requirements: 18 credit hours

1. Required courses

  • LIT 115, Introduction to Library  Reference Services and
  • LIN 175U, Information Literacy OR IMD 114, Information Literacy

2. Library Procedures

  • LIT 124, Library Administration
  • LIT 132, Technical Services

3. Library Services

  • LIT 120, Readers' Advisory Services OR
  • LIT 243, Library Services for Children OR
  • LIT 245, Library Services for Young Adults OR
  • LIT 247, Library Services for Adults OR
  • LIT 248, Library Services for Preschool Children OR
  • LIT 280, Genealogy Services in Libraries

4. LIT elective: any LIT course above LIT 115

This associate degree program prepares students for jobs as library technical assistants or library paraprofessionals. The Library Information Technology option courses and IMD 114 or LIN 175U count towards certification for Kentucky public library employees.

Curriculum

General Education Courses

  • ENG 101 Writing I ‡* 3
  • ENG 102 Writing II ‡* 3
  • Quantitative Reasoning Course ‡ * 3
  • Natural Sciences Course ‡ * 3
  • Heritage and Humanities Course ‡ * 3
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Course ‡ * 3

Information Management & Design Required Core Courses

  • IMD 100 Digital Information & Communication Technologies ‡ *3
  • IMD 115 Introduction to Graphic Design * 3
  • IMD 133 Beginning Web Design* 3
  • IMD 126 Introduction to Desktop Publishing * 3
  • IMD 270 Professional Practices *3
  • IMD 275 Information Management & Communications * 3
  • COE 199 Coop Education or IMD 271 Internship *

Library Information Technology Option Courses

  • LIT 115 Introduction to Reference Services *3
  • LIT 124 Library Administration *3
  • LIT 132 Library Technical Services *3
  • LIT 243 Library Services for Children *3 OR
  • LIT 245 Library Services for Young Adults *3 OR
  • LIT 247 Library Services for Adults *3 OR
  • LIT Library Services for Preschool *3 OR
  • LIT 280 Genealogy Services *3

Plus 9 hours in LIT Electives

  • LIT 120 Readers' Advisory Services 3
  • LIT 200 Seminar in Kentucky Literature 3
  • LIT 240 Literature of Appalachian Kentucky 3
  • LIT 242 Literature of Western Kentucky 3
  • LIT 243 Library Services for Children **3
  • LIT 245 Library Services for Young Adults **3
  • LIT 247 Library Services for Adults **3
  • LIT 248 Library Services for Preschool Children **3
  • LIT 280 Genealogy Services in Libraries **3
  • LIT 285 History of Libraries 3
  • LIN 175U Information Literacy 3
  • LIT 299 Selected Topics in Library Information Management 1-3
    (may be repeated for up to 6 hours)
    **Course can be used as LIT option course if not utilized as LIT option core course


‡ General Education Course
*Required Program Course
**Select one of these three as a Required Program Course

Course Descriptions

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: A foundational course that introduces students to the cross-disciplinary skills needed to assess information needs, and access and evaluate information sources. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Note: this course is required for the Northern Kentucky University Bachelor's Degree in Library Informatics and it has general education status.
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces library reference sources and services. Includes reference interview techniques, print and digital information sources, bibliographic and full text databases, and digital access and retrieval skills.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Examines library readers advisory services. Includes readers advisory resources, library programming, book discussion groups, collection development, formats for books, e-books and audio books, online applications, and marketing.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces basic principles of library organization and management. Includes the planning process, policies, ethical and legal issues, budgeting, and human resources.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Provides an overview of library technical services, including acquisitions, processing, cataloging and classification.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces Kentucky literature recognizing, studying, and examining distinct regional differences and similarities with a concentration on major contemporary and traditional Kentucky writers and their texts. Approaches may include a group of authors, a historical period or aesthetic movement, a genre, a theme, or an aspect of literary theory.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces the Appalachian literature of Kentucky concentrating on the major contemporary and traditional writers who are distinctly identified with that region. Approaches may include a group of authors, an historical period or aesthetic movement, a genre, a theme, or an aspect of literary theory.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours)
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces the literature of Western Kentucky concentrating on the major contemporary and traditional writers who are distinctly identified with that region. Approaches may include a group of authors, an historical period or aesthetic movement, a genre, a theme, or an aspect of literary theory.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces library services for children grades K - 6 and their caregivers. Includes surveys of child development, library programming, children’s literature, collection development, and legal issues.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces library services for young adults from 6th to 12th grades. Includes programming, collection development, young adult literature, the use of the Internet, and ethical and legal issues. Emphasizes the development and promotion of young adult library services.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces library services for adults. Includes adult literature, collection development, programming, circulation services, reference services, and customer relations.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces library services for preschool children, ages infant to 5 years. Includes library programming development and production, preschool children’s literature, services for parents and for child care services, collection development, and legal issues.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces genealogy services in libraries. Surveys genealogy data sources, research methods, collection development, patron referrals, legal and ethical issues, library programming, and marketing.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Examines the development of libraries from ancient times to the present, with emphasis on academic and public libraries in the United States. Includes the interaction of libraries with economic, social and political trends in the larger society.
  • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Credits: 1-3
  • Description: Expands library course offerings as new technologies develop and/or as new issues evolve and/or to address local library issues. Course may be repeated with different topics to a maximum of nine credit hours.
  • Lecture: 1-3 credits (15-45 contact hours).

Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree Contacts

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

For More Information & Academic Advising

Ms. Terry Buckner

Coordinator, Library Information Technology Program
Newtown Learning Commons
Bluegrass Community & Technical College

email: terry.buckner@kctcs.edu