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Library Paraprofessional

The Library Paraprofessional program is intended for those interested in employment or already employed in a public, academic, K-12, or other type of library or information technology organization. This program is designed to accommodate part-time distance education students via web delivery of all courses. 

 

Studies focus on the skills needed to assist information seekers in defining, finding, evaluating, and using information. Libraries increasingly need employees who can use computers effectively and present information electronically over the web, as part of patron training, or in professionally developed brochures and flyers.

 

This major focuses on understanding library and information services and operations; finding, evaluating, organizing, and presenting information; professionally assisting patrons and customers seeking information; and preparing information for presentation. The curriculum in this program matches the competencies required by the American Library Association’s sponsored Library Support Staff Certification program.

 

Belmont College’s Library Paraprofessional degree program is recognized by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA). Graduates are eligible for national Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) without needing any additional courses or assessment. 

 

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the Library Paraprofessional program may become employed in a variety of settings including:

 

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  • Public Libraries
  • School library media centers
  • College and university libraries
  • Corporate, medical and other special libraries and information centers
  • Other library-related businesses

 

Organizations and Businesses:

  • Help desk support
  • Web page editor
  • Computer maintenance technician
  • Information research
 

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate effective team communications and collaboration.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively use computer software while completing an organizational project.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply information literacy and library skills.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply effective, clear, and grammatically correct written communications.