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Welcome to CARL DIAL - the Diversity in Academic Libraries Interest Group

DIAL is an interest group of the California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL). We hold meetings and programs to discuss current diversity issues.

Library Technician Programs - Explained

Library Tech Programs teach a variety of academic, public and archival library skills related to managing and processing materials, assisting patrons, and performing many of the "behind-the-scenes" tasks that make libraries and archives run smoothly. These Tech programs and certificates may be useful to anyone interested in librarianship or archiving as a career, as well as those of us already in the field looking to learn more about the technical-side of material processing and preservation, such as digitization.

The Library Tech Programs listed here have been researched by members of the DIAL Executive Committee. The information provided comes from the directors of the programs. Reach out to the programs for further information!

Library Technician Program: Long Beach City College, Long Beach CA

Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

The Library Technician program at Long Beach City College is offered has credit and non-credit options. Each program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level Library Technician position in public, academic, school, special libraries, and other information-related industries. Students may benefit working in a library environment because the ethics and values of the Library Bill of Rights embrace providing access to all regardless of their background and offering wide spectrum of viewpoints in their collection and resources. 

To ensure that our curriculum speaks to our diverse student and professional population, the LBCC Library Department has participated in three Cultural Curriculum Audits hosted by the Academic Senate’s Curriculum Committee and reviewed the pedagogy and strategies for courses in the program.

The Library Department is also active in campus efforts to ensure online accessibility for our online courses, adhering to universal design. In collaboration with our external Advisory Board, faculty in the Library Technician program have introduced both OER and low-cost textbooks, helping to make learning more culturally relevant and financially accessible.

The Library Technician program at Long Beach City College is available as an Associate of Science Degree, Certificate of Achievement, and non-credit Certificates of Accomplishment. Since its inception the program has been fully available online. The majority of courses are also certified through the American Library Association’s Library Support Staff Certificate, which students can apply for after completing the coursework at LBCC.