Library Technology program
Department Chair: Kiely, Daniel
Division: Library and Learning Resources
Location: L
Phone: 925-969-2586

Library Technology


Whether your passion is children's literature or multimedia, whether you want to be a know-it-all or just want to learn how to find (almost) all the answers, the DVC library technology certificate can help you land a job that will make the most of your interests and skills. And if you like using computers, helping people, and multitasking, you will like working in the library and information technology field.

What core competencies will I learn?

The knowledge and skills you will acquire from the LT certificate program and on the job as a library technician are highly respected by professionals in many businesses. These core competencies will help you gain entry to careers not only in library services, but also in a wide range of job fields. The core competencies of the library technician include:

  • Communication skills,
  • Information management,
  • Customer service,
  • Organizational skills,
  • Computer skills,
  • Staff management,
  • Financial management,
  • Decision-making,
  • Teamwork,
  • Flexibility,
  • Self-management,
  • Initiative,
  • Ethics,
  • Advocacy for lifelong learning, reading, and intellectual freedom.

(List adapted from the California Library Association pamphlet, "California Librarians in the 21st Century: Core Professional & Personal Competencies.")

How long will it take to earn a certificate?

Generally, students take 12-24 months to complete all the courses required for the certificate. Most courses are taught in the evenings and on Saturdays, and are offered on a rotating basis. There is not a set sequence, but some courses are offered only every third semester, so it is necessary to plan ahead. Staff are available to help you plan your program.


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