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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!

Career Opportunities

Acquisitions & Periodicals Specialist

Circulation Supervisor

Library Assistant

Library Director

Library Technician

Reference Assistant

Graduate Employers

Verona Public Library

Just the Facts

Library & Information Services
60 Credit Associate Degree

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 Estimated Total: $10,103

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These 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.

Library & Information Services Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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100% of our recent Library & Information Services graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Library & Information Services professionals make an average starting salary of $33,429.


Regional Jobs

There are 38 job openings in the CVTC district for the Library & Information Services industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Focus On Student Success

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!

Dain, Library & Information Services Graduate

Looking to enhance your Library & Information Services skills?

Along with the full Associates Degree, CVTC offers continuing education courses to fulfill DPI certification requirements in the library industry. Fill out the form below and we'll send you some information about our continuing education courses!

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Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

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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.

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