Frequently Asked Questions

Library Classes

Spring classes are available for all students and students enrolled in the Library Technician Program!

Classes open to all students:

Students enrolled in the Library Technician Program:

LIB 1: Library and Information Resources
(2 Units)

Satisfies information competency graduation requirement

Offered fall and spring semesters [online and face-to-face format]

Transfers to Cal States and UCs

In this course, students gain an in-depth understanding and mastery of information gathering and use across the curriculum. It emphasizes research strategies and evaluation of information resources. It covers different levels, types, and formats of information, including the Internet. This course will help students acquire and improve the advanced skills necessary for information literacy across the curriculum and feel confident in transferring and applying these skills to succeed in four-year colleges and beyond.

LIB 2: Web Databases
(1 Unit)

Offered occasionally [online format]

A hands-on introduction to web databases and their structures, this course emphasizes evaluation of information, search strategies, and search techniques used to effectively access and retrieve information in the web environment. This course will be beneficial for students who wish to develop vital information technology skills for both academic and professional purposes.

LIB 3: Information Competency
(3 Units)

Required Course for Library Technician Program

Offered annually in the spring, summer, and fall semesters [online format]

Transfers to Cal States and UCs

Library 203 is designed to teach students the valuable skills required to become qualified library technicians. This course focuses on the goals and functions of acquisitions and the topics will include: the basics of acquiring library materials; the financial management of materials budgets; vendors; and ethical considerations. Visitations to other libraries or information research centers are required.

LIB 201: Introduction to Cataloging
(3 Units)

Required Course for Library Technician Program

Offered annually each spring. [Online only]

Library 201 is designed to teach students the valuable skills necessary to become qualified technicians. Topics will include: cataloging principles and procedures including descriptive and subject cataloging, classification systems, Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) formats, bibliographic utilities, authority and bibliographic verification and control.

LIB 202: Introduction to Access Services
(3 Units)

Required Course for Library Technician Program

Offered annually, every fall [online format]

Library 202 is designed to teach students the valuable skills necessary to become qualified technicians. This course focuses on the major functions of library public and access services and topics will include: circulation management, collection maintenance, supervision of staff, confidentiality, intra and interlibrary loan, reserve collections, copyright laws, statistical design and compilation.

LIB 203: Introduction to Acquisitions
(3 Units)

Required Course for Library Technician Program

Offered annually in the fall [online format]

Library 203 is designed to teach students the valuable skills required to become qualified library technicians. This course focuses on the goals and functions of acquisitions and the topics will include: the basics of acquiring library materials; the financial management of materials budgets; vendors; and ethical considerations. Visitations to other libraries or information research centers are required.

LIB 204: Introduction to Reference Services
(3 Units)

Required Course for Library Technician Program

Offered annually each spring [Online format]

Library 204 is designed to teach students the valuable skills necessary to become qualified technicians. This course introduces students to widely used print, non-print, and online sources in a variety of settings, and develops question-negotiation skills and search strategies. The topics will include the information needs of library users and the students will be empowered to function competently in the Information Age.

For More Information

Please contact Collin Williams, Digital, Instructional, & Information Technology Librarian, at c3williams@lbcc.edu or (562) 938-4708, for more information about library classes or the Library Technician program.