The demand to stay on top of a knowledge base and skill-set, grows daily for information professionals. This area provides some resources to help update or improve your knowledge and skills.
25 years ago, we heard that the "half-life" of a degree was 5 years. Futurists were predicting 5 major job changes in the career life of college graduates 25 years ago. Many of us today can look back and evaluate those comments, and look forward to what we have to do to keep functioning in our work as information specialists. Twenty five years ago the "Internet" was one year old!
This section is dedicated to "adult educators and adult learners" everywhere.
LIBRARY TECHNICIAN COURSES TO BE OFFERED ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
A formal agreement between Langara and Camosun to provide a full program of part-time study is currently in process.
Langara's library technician instructors are looking forward to getting reacquanited with students who took sections of LIBR 118, LIBR 120, and LIBR 195 in fall '94 and spring '95. New students are always welcome.
The new year will see a number of exciting developments in Continuing Education on Vancouver Island. Library Technician courses are increasingly popular, and new courses are under development. Through a range of up-to-date technical courses, Langara and Camosun hope to attract a broad group of students and prospective Island employers.
Suggestions for new course may be faxed to (604) 323-5555. Let us know what, when and how you want to learn!
Reference service including basic tools in both print and electronic form. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, handbooks, gazetteers and other resources will be examined in depth.
AN INTRODUCTION TO RECORDS MANAGEMENT
A practical, operations-based examination of modern records management policies and procedures. Topics include the development of inventories, retention schedules, and indexes; automated systems and conversion strategies; storage and conservation; recycling; security and confidentiality: archives and manuscripts; grey literature; and the management of a records centre. Field trips and group investigations of specific problems will be an essential part of the course.
There are no pre-requisites for this course, although experience in clerical work and basic computer skills would be helpful.
Registration for Individual Courses
Anyone wishing to take these courses may apply and register as Langara Arts & Science students.
Not everyone wants or needs the full diploma, and many students might want to take a course for general interest or pleasure. There is no formal selection process.
Upon successful completion of courses, students will receive credits from Langara College. Credit received this way can be rolled into the Diploma stream when the student has been accepted into the Library Technician Program.
Currently a Certificate of Completion is being considered for those Vancouver Island students who wish to complete only the core library courses.
Application to the Diploma Program
Students may apply to the Library Technician Diploma stream at any time. A separate Career Program application form must be completed and a more rigorous selection process takes place for each applicant.
As much of the interest in library tech studies on Vancouver Island is from library employees, many Vancouver Island students will have no problem meeting Langara's selection criteria. Mature, self-starting and experienced library staffers are ideal candidates for the library tech program.
If you have any questions or concerns about your application to the Diploma stream, please telephone (604) 323-5418.
A registration/information session will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 1995
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Do not send applications for course registration or for the diploma program to Langara College. Forms should be left with the Langara faculty representative at the information session or given to the instructor at the first class.
For more information, please call (604) 323-5418 (Vancouver, B.C.).
Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!
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