Ivy Tech’s Library Technical Assistant (LTA) program is designed both for students new to the profession and students with support staff experience who want to further their education. Our graduates are prepared to work as professional assistants in a variety of types of libraries (public, school, academic, and special), as well as qualify for a Level 4 (level 4 requires a Bachelor’s degree), 5, 6, or 7 Librarian Certificate in the State of Indiana.
The coursework in this program introduces students to:
- the history, purposes, and roles of the different types of libraries
- library technical services (ordering, processing, copy-cataloging)
- library public services (circulation, interlibrary loan, basic reference)
- computer operations as they relate to library functions
- other areas of interest, such as children’s services
- on-the-job experience through the practicum in the LIBR 208 capstone course for the program
Ivy Tech currently offers:
- Library Technical Assistant Associate of Science degree (60 hours)
The LTA Associate Degree is a great stepping stone to earning a bachelor’s - and master’s - degree in library information science (LTA course credits may transfer for undergraduate credit; they will not transfer for graduate-level credit toward a master’s degree).
After graduating with an associate degree, our students are prepared to enter the workforce in public libraries, school media centers, academic and special libraries. Examples of careers for our graduates include Library Technician, Children’s Service Assistant, and Circulation Department Supervisors, among many others.
If you would like to continue your education after completing your Ivy Tech degree, we have several four-year transfer partnerships in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!