Library & Information Services Overview
Become an information specialist! Libraries are often among the first place people go for assistance and information. If you have strong organization and customer service skills, CVTC’s new Library & Information Services program is the right choice for you. Gain real experience working in a library that will prepare you for a career at a public library, non-profit, school, or government organization. Upon completion of the program, you may gain employment as a Circulation Supervisor, Library Technician, Library Assistant, Reference Assistant, Media Assistant, or A/V Technician.
The Library & Information Services program is 100% online – which means you can study at a time that works best for you. This program is financial aid eligible, with no program textbooks to purchase and the option to receive credit for prior learning, which means you’ll earn your diploma at a fraction of the cost than at a four-year university. This program is a continuing education option for Wisconsin public library directors and K-12 teachers. Program credits will also transfer to UW-Milwaukee’s online IST bachelor degree program if you choose to continue your education.
Throughout the two-year program you will learn about:
- Advocating the importance of libraries in communities
- Educational and web-based technologies
- Library administration
- Managing and organizing collections
- Copyright, licensing, and information ethics
- Engaging children, young readers, and adults with library services
- Effective use of print and online library services
- Grant writing and programming
The first step toward your future career is the admissions process. Our online application is simple and takes approximately 20 minutes. Start the college admission process now and begin your path toward a career in the library and information science field!
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Just the Facts
Library & Information Services
Financial Aid Eligible
Acquisitions & Periodicals Specialist
Demmer Memorial Library
Fall Creek School District
Jefferson Public Library
Menomonie School District
Spring Valley Public Library
University of Wisconsin Stout
CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.// Program Scorecard
Our recent Library & Information Services graduates reported an average starting salary of $35,257.
75% of our recent Library & Information Services graduates got a job in the industry.
There are 57 job openings in the CVTC district for the Library & Information Services industry.
Credits to Other Institutions
Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.
These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.
You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.
Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Library & Information Services program.
Basic Public Library Administration
This course introduces an overview of public library administration. Emphasis will be on library terminology, library structures, basic daily operations including budgeting, patron-staff interactions, challenges and controversies of libraries in the community, library infrastructures, and providing exceptional customer service. This course is one of four courses that satisfies the Wisconsin DPI’s Grade II and III certification for public library directors.
Children’s Literature & Services
This course introduces children’s literature and related services in a variety of library types and educational settings. Emphasis will be on evaluating and selecting children’s literature, developing engaging displays and activities, incorporating technologies and media into children’s services, and presenting children’s library materials. Trends, challenges, controversies, and barriers will also be discussed. The scope of this course is children ages 0 to 11.
Foundations of Library & Information Services
This course introduces library science, libraries, and the various services they are charged with providing. An overview of library trends, the library’s role in the community or institution, and community and governing relationships will be presented. In addition, the importance of customer service, managing change and information ethics will be discussed.
This was a thorough, tough and well-rounded program. I really loved it, learned a lot, and appreciated all the instructors and the instruction platform. I felt very well prepared for a career in library services!
Library & Information Services Graduate
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Continue Your Learning
CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.// Explore Continuing Ed Opportunities
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