Overview

Possibly the most important investment in any community is with the local library.  WMCC has created a one-year program to provide continuing education to those working in libraries or who are training to enter the field as a paraprofessional.  Courses will cover all aspects of library work including circulation, reference, and technical services.

The Library Technology Certificate is designed to provide training for paraprofessionals entering the field and continuing education to those already employed.  Library technicians and library assistants work in all types of libraries and information centers including public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, and special libraries.  Program courses prepare students for all aspects of library work: circulation, reference, and technical services, with an emphasis on current and emergent technologies.  A field placement translates the classroom work to practical experience.

Program only available online.

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
ENGL120WCollege Composition404
LIB101WFoundations in Library Service303
LIB104WIntroduction to Technical Services303
LIB118WThe Dynamics of Rural and Small-Town Libraries303
MGMT214Management & Teamwork303
 Semester Total 16016
     
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
ENGL214WChildren’s Language and Literature303
 OR   
LIB114WLibrary Internship163
LIB108WIntroduction to Reference and Information Sources303
LIB111WTechnology and Media in Libraries303
LIB116WIntroduction to Cataloging and Classification303
 Semester Total 10/120/612
 Certificate Total   28

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Identify and apply the basic principles of:
    a. Reference and information services;
    b. Circulation, including collection management;
    c. Cataloging and classification systems; and
    d. Acquisitions and collection development.
  2. Understand the basic principles of and practice quality customer service.
  3. Identify and apply the ethics and values of the profession, including an understanding of the Library Bill of Rights, the ALA Code of Ethics, freedom of information, confidentiality of library records, and privacy issues.
  4. Use effective communication skills to enhance approachability and to transmit information.
  5. Demonstrate flexibility in adapting to new technology.
  6. Assist and train users to operate public computing equipment and other library related technologies.

  • John Achorn

    Dr. John Achorn

    Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design
    Professor of English / Department Chair, Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design

81%

of students qualify for financial aid