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LIT Program Description

The Program 

Libraries and learning resource centers are critical components of the information age.  Special training is needed in order to organize and retrieve information.  Out of this need has come the occupational area of the library/media technician.

Palomar College’s Library and Information Technology Program (LIT) provides training in skills, attitudes, and knowledge leading to a Library Technical Assistant Certificate which can be applied in many occupational areas.  In order to earn a certificate, students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the program courses.  A certificate of achievement will be awarded to the student upon successful completion of the program.  For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please: Click here for Certificate Disclosure information.

Courses Required for a Certificate of Achievement or an A.S. Degree Major (click on link for sample course syllabi)

Please note that as the Library and Information Technology Program has been updated to provide stronger library information skills preparation. Students enrolling in LIT courses as of Fall 2019 will no longer have to complete an English course (previously ENG100 or BUS105). New program enrollees from Fall 2019 forward will have to complete LT105, a new 3 credit course. Beginning this summer 2020 LT105 will be offered exclusively in the Summer as an 8 week course. 

LT125, a 1 credit offering, will no longer be taught. Anyone who is attempting to complete their Certificate or Associate degree begun under our earlier requirements should consult with the LIT Program Coordinator .

Required Courses

Course (Usually) Offered Description Units


Fall Intro. to Libraries & Information Services 3
LT 105 *Summer 2020   Research Skills & Informed Learning 3

LT 110

Spring Library Operational Skills/Technical Services 3

LT 115

Fall Library Operational Skills/Public Services 3
LT 120 Fall Information Sources & Services/Reference 3

LT 130

Spring Library Media & Technology 3

LT 140

Spring Library Services for Children and Young Adults 3

CSIT 105
CSIT 120

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Computer Concepts and Applications OR Computer Applications

Total Units: 24

Aptitudes Needed: 
No special entrance tests are required.  Persons interested in the program should enjoy learning and providing service to users of information.


Access Services:
Students will be able to function effectively in the areas of circulation, interlibrary loan and collection maintenance.

Acquisitions and Cataloging:
Students will be able to accurately use acquisitions techniques as well as current cataloging and classification systems to order and process library materials.

Students will understand and be able to describe the mission and roles of a library in its community, and the mission of libraries in general.

Reference and Information:
Students will be able to apply the basic principles of reference, information literacy, information services, and collection development in order to select appropriate resources and assist patrons.

Students will be able to identify, evaluate and effectively use library technologies, including emerging and assistive technologies, to inform, educate and serve library patrons