Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to be accepted into the Library and Information Technology program? 
No. Classes at College of DuPage are open to anyone who is a high school graduate or is at least 18 years of age. Students in the Library and Information Technology program do not need any previous library experience. Once you begin taking classes you will be amazed at the wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds of your fellow students. Some have a lifetime of experiences in many fields, and some are just beginning. The Library and Information Technology program welcomes all interested students. 
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2. How do I register? 
First, check the registration web site 
If you live in the College's district, you will receive the Class Schedule through the mail. If you do not live within the COD district, call Admissions at (630) 942-2482 to request one. It is important to read the Class Schedule thoroughly; it will tell you how to register and provide you with information about COD policies. If you have never taken a class at COD, contact the Registration Office at (630) 942-2377. You may register in person in room SRC 2048 or online through myACCESS . To register, you will need the five-digit course code and three-digit course section code for the desired class. .

3. Do I have to take Library and Information Technology 1101? 
Yes, all Library and Information Technology students must take Library and Information Technology 1101 "Introduction to Libraries in the Information Age" if they want to complete the program and receive a certificate or a degree. This course is the prerequisite for all other Library and Information Technology courses. It provides the necessary introduction to libraries and library materials. Students who have not been in a classroom recently will appreciate "Introduction to Libraries in the Information Age" as a reintroduction to debates, discussion, research, writing, and giving presentations to a class. Students with previous library experience may ask the Library and Information Technology Program Coordinator for a permit that will allow them to take another class first.

4. Must I take the courses in any specific order? 
Library and Information Technology 1101, or the coordinator's permission, is a prerequisite for all courses. A student must complete all nine Library and Information Technology courses, or have only one left and the coordinator's permission before taking Library and Information Technology 2600 Library Practicum.

5. Can I take more than one class during a semester? 
Yes. If you would like to take Library and Information Technology 1101 and another Library and Information Technology class during your first semester, you will need a permit from the Coordinator to get into the second Library and Information Technology class. COD requires that any student wishing to register for 20 or more credits per quarter must have written permission from a counselor or Dean of their academic area. Given these limits, you may take as many classes as your schedule will bear.

6. How many credits must I complete? 
The Library and Information Technology certificate requires 31 credits: which includes all nine classes the program offers. An Associate in Applied Science degree in Library and Information Technology requires 64-66 semester credits. These include 31 credits in the Library and Information Technology program, 18-22 general education credits and 15 credits from electives. For information about options in the Associate's degree program, contact Carol Sturz at (630) 942-2597 or via email .

7. How long does it take to complete the program? 
If you only took one Library and Information Technology class a semester, it would take about 21/2 years to complete the Library and Information Technology Certificate. There is no time limit for completion of the program.

8. What if I already have a degree? 
About half of the students enrolled in the program have a Bachelor's degree. A few have Master's degrees. A student with a degree will still find the program challenging and interesting.

9. What are "Selected Topics"? 
Library and Information Technology 1820 courses are "Selected Topics in Librarianship". They are offered on an irregular basis and cover a wide variety of subjects. Each student must take one selected topic. Some examples are: "Information Literacy", and "Internet and Online Services in the Library". Many students who have completed the program continue taking Library and Information Technology 1820 courses for their own interest.

 

Contact Information


Carol Sturz, Coordinator
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 3137, (630) 942-2597

Lisa Pastore, Administrative Assistant
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008, (630) 942-3074

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592