Welcome to the Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario

What Is A Library And Information Technician?

A Library and Information Technician (LIT) is a graduate of a two (2) year Library and Information Technician diploma program recognized by the Canadian Library Association. The library technician occupation is acknowledged within the Career Handbook published by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

A LIT has acquired a specialized knowledge of library information systems and methods in developing, organizing and maintaining a collection of material. LITs are able to work with minimum supervision and may be expected to supervise other staff (i.e., clerical, pages, and student). They are also capable of operating independently within smaller establishments. If you have any specific questions join our OALT/ABO Discussion List.
A Library and Information Technician can:

  • Establish, organize and maintain readily accessible information collections including: books, periodicals, newspapers, government documents, catalogues, films, microforms, tapes, records and other material using the latest information technologies
  • Provide both automated and manual information retrieval
  • Perform all acquisition and catalogue procedures
  • Provide special services required for effective operation of a library/information center