Library Technology classes for the current academic year have been suspended due to state budget cuts. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause our students and prospective students and offer the following suggestions both for furthering your education and finding employment.

While our Library Technology core courses are suspended, Citrus College does offer a number of other classes that will help prepare students both for library positions and other jobs in this difficult labor market.

BASIC SKILLS - Libraries and most public service jobs will require you to be able to read and communicate in English at a moderately high level. You will also need a basic understanding of mathematics. If you are lacking in any of these areas you should consider:

  • READ 099 Reading Skills
  • ENGL 101 Reading & Composition
  • ESL level 3 core courses
  • MATH 115 Business Mathematics

CLERICAL AND OFFICE SKILLS - Libraries and other office occupations put high premiums on computer skills, customer relation skills, team work and leadership. Recommended courses to build these skills are:

  • CSIS105 Introduction to Windows and Personal Computers
  • CSIS107 Fundamentals of Information Technology
  • CSIS109 Network and Computer Security
  • CSIS 119 Introduction to Web Programming
  • CSIS 150 Web Development with Dreamweaver I
  • CSIS 151 Web Development with Dreamweaver II
  • CSIS 154 Web Development with Fireworks
  • CSIS 156 Web Development with Flash
  • CSIS 162 Electronic Spreadsheets Using Microsoft Excel
  • CSIS 166 Introduction of PowerPoint
  • CSIS 167 Introduction to MS Publisher
  • CSIS 168 Using Web Page Software
  • CSIS 175 Introduction to Access
  • CSIS 230 Microcomputer Applications II
  • OFF 101 Introduction to Microsoft Office Applications
  • OFF 120 Excel Spreadsheet
  • OFF 260 Computer Keyboarding and Document Processing
  • OFF 294 Beginning Microsoft Word

LANGUAGE SKILLS - Because a large number of people in California are not native speakers of English it is frequently helpful to be able to communicate with a patron in another language. Spanish is the most common non English language in California so the following courses are recommended for anyone who cannot currently communicate in Spanish.

  • SPAN 140 Beginning Conversational Spanish
  • SPAN 141 Intermediate Conversational Spanish
  • SPAN 150 Spanish for Public Service Personnel

CHILD DEVELOPMENT SKILLS - One of the patron groups served by school and public libraries are children. For students who hope to work with children in libraries or other occupations the following courses are recommended:

  • ENGL 293 Children's Literature
  • CHLD 111 Child Development Youth - Adolescence
  • CHLD 112 Principles of Early Childhood Education
  • CHLD 120 Literacy for Young Children
  • CHLD 121 Art for Young Children
  • CHLD 122 Music and Rhythms for Young Children
  • CHLD 140 Before/After-School Programs
  • PSY 206 Child Growth and Development


  • ART 150 Computer Art Basics
  • ART 153 Digital Media Production I
  • ART 162 Computer Graphics I
  • ART 163 Computer Graphics II
  • ART 167 Web Design I
  • ART 266 Computer Illustration Techniques II
  • ART 267 Web Design II
  • ELEC 100 Introduction to Technology
  • ELEC 120 Introduction to Computer Technology
  • ENGR 100 Principles of Technology
  • ENGR 104 PC Hardware and Maintenance
  • ENGR 107 Network Technology
  • ENGR 108 Networking Operating Systems
  • ENGR 109 Network and Computer Security
  • PHTO 101 Basic Photography

The Library Technology program will prepare you for an interesting and stimulating library career. Library Technicians combine people skills, technical abilities, creativity and a love of learning to assist customers in fulfilling their informational needs.

As a Library Technician, your skill in using the library catalog, materials collections and electronic databases will provide library users with easy access to the information and knowledge they desire. You will be trained to organize and prepare print and non-print materials for the library's online catalog. You will also order and receive new library materials, as well as maintain the library's subscriptions to newspapers and journals. You may assist in the creation of newsletters, displays or graphics to advertise programs. You may even discover that you love telling stories to children and working with young adults. Library Technicians today use computer applications in every aspect of the library's work.

The Library Technology program trains students for paraprofessional work in elementary, secondary, academic, research, public and special libraries. Students who successfully complete the program may receive a certificate in Library Technology and/or an associate of science degree in Applied Arts.