Public Library Technology


The Public Library Technology program provides critical and comprehensive training for individuals interested in a career in libraries and covers topics such as cataloging and technical services, library technology, both children’s and adult programming and services,  and collection development in addition to the general education skills needed to work in a library environment.  An increased use of electronic resources in libraries enables library technicians to perform tasks once performed by professional librarians.  Because opportunities will be best for those with specialized postsecondary library training, the PLT program prepares workers for current trends in the library field to meet more sophisticated information and computer literacy needs.  This program is available 100% online so individuals in rural locations, and around the country, can take these courses without having to leave their libraries or their homes.

REQUIRED COURSES1,2,3,4,5 for the Academic Year 2014-2015
(Suggested Sequence)

Course Course Title Hours
COL 101 New Student Seminar 3
ENL 111 Written Communication6 3
IT 101 Fundamentals of Computers (EDGE) 3
PLT 100 Careers in Libraries 3
PLT 230 Pub Lib Reference 3
COM 112
COM 125
Oral Communication7
Interpersonal Communication7
PLT 210 Public Library & Tech System 3
PLT 235 Advanced Reference Skills8 3
PLT 250 Public Library Technology 3
SS/HMN Approved Elective9 3
ENL 115
ENl 231
Written Communication II10

Technical Report Writing6
IT 107 Fundamentals of the Internet 3
PLT 255 Library Collection Development 3
PLT 275 Information Literacy 3
MAT 1XXX MAT (100 or above) (MAT 145 is recommended as it will transfer to a 4-year institution in WV 3
ENL 2XX ENL 200 level Literature course11 3
PLT 299 PLT Capstone 3
PLT/IT Approved Elective12 9

1   All PLT courses are offered only online and are included in the course schedule every semester (fall-spring-summer)
2   PLT courses are offered in the eight-week format unless otherwise stated
3   The complete PLT A.A.S. degree may be obtained online
4   Course substitutions or an independent study option will be made for PLT majors in lieu of PLT 215, 265 and 280 if they are not offered
5   Students may take PLT courses in any sequence except when prerequisites are listed
6   ENL 111, and ENL 231 have a prerequisite of ENL 095, or placement in 100-level English, and REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading
7   COM 112 and COM 125 have a prerequisite of REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
8   PLT 235 has a prerequisite of PLT 230.
9   SS or HMN elective approved by advisor
10 ENL 115 has a prerequisite of ENL 111.
11 Choose from one of the following: ENL 201, ENL 245, ENL 251, ENL 265, or ENL 270
12 Three additional PLT or IT elective approved by advisor.

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