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Library and Information Services

Online Degree Program

Earn your A.A.S. degree at SFCC!

Paraprofessional helping library patron

All Library science classes and electives are now offered online! Students are also required to complete library internships at their local library.

Students are not required to attend any on-campus orientations, advising or testing - these services are offered online.

Contact Information

For more information call (509) 533-3809 or email LibraryTechnician@spokanefalls.edu.
Program Location
Building 2, Library
Room 2-216 (second floor)

Email List

If you would like to be notified of program developments by email, contact LibraryTechnician@spokanefalls.edu.

  • One Year (3 quarters) Certificate Program
  • School Library and Information Services or Joint Degree Program
  • Education Paraprofessional/School Library and Information Services emphasis

Gainful Employment Disclosure
Web Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
  Bakken, Cathy; Library Faculty, Adjunct (509) 533-3834 2-101E Cathy.Bakken@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Porter, Mary; Library Faculty, Adjunct (509) 533-3834 2-101C Mary.Porter@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Schmidt, Vince; Library Faculty, Adjunct (509) 533-3834 2-101E Vince.Schmidt@sfcc.spokane.edu
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Where will I find a job?

Spokane Public Library Graduates find jobs in four types of libraries:

  • public libraries
  • school libraries
  • academic libraries
  • special libraries such as those in hospitals, government agencies and corporations

Job positions can be either in public services, where technicians work directly with the public in such areas as circulation and reference, or in technical services where they help with acquisitions, cataloging and maintaining library subscriptions. Job titles include library assistant, library technician, and supervisor.

There is a fairly steady turnover in Spokane area libraries, although graduates who can relocate or live elsewhere have much greater possibilities for employment. Libraries exist everywhere from metropolitan settings to small rural areas, and part-time work is available.

The placement rate for SFCC Library Paraprofessional graduates ranges from 70 to 85 percent. This figure includes graduates who take part-time work, and those who prefer to wait for the type of library and the type of job they want.

How much will I earn?

That depends on the type of library you work in, and what you do. Many graduates start out in supervisory positions, although some graduates take lower level positions to get their "foot in the door" at a particular library.

The job outlook nationwide for Library Paraprofessionals is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What is this field like?

Gonzaga University Law Library

Libraries today are dynamic, challenging and serve their communities in exciting new ways. Automation has performed wonders in libraries, and has greatly increased their ability to serve. If you need to locate a book, for example, a computer can tell you within seconds in which branch library it is located and whether or not it is on the shelf.

While not all libraries are fully automated, more and more are becoming so. It is the direction of the future.

What do Library Paraprofessionals do?

Their role is an increasingly important one, and they need to be able to respond quickly to a variety of tasks. A Library Paraprofessional may direct patrons to information they need, provide circulation services, assist in staff scheduling, supervise stack maintenance, do bibliographic searches and process interlibrary loans. Library technicians may help in acquiring new publications, bookkeeping, cataloging, and maintaining serial records. They also play a major role in operating the media department.

What qualities should I have to be successful in this field?

Because libraries are so service-oriented, the best technicians are excellent communicators. If you enjoy helping people and enjoy organization and accuracy of details, you would do well in this field. Paraprofessionals may also need to be able to bend, stoop, reach, lift and carry books and equipment.

Noncredit Continuing Education for Library Paraprofessionals

SFCC Students Would you like to update your skills, find out more about a new technology, software or service in libraries? Take a continuing education class at SFCC!

There are onsite classes for persons who want to update their skills in bookkeeping, office software and library customer service.

There are also online classes for SFCC and other education providers at Webjunction.

Class Schedule/Registration

Visit the CCS Continuing Education website for detailed information.
Phone: (509) 533-3140

Program Advisory Committee Members

Library Technician

Frank W. Powers, Ph.D.
Dean; Business, Professional Studies and Workforce Education

Mary Ann Goodwin
Dean of Library and Distance Learning Services

Paula Swan
Instructor and Librarian

Jan Wingenroth
Librarian and Department Chair

Sue Anderson
Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Librarian, Eastern Washington University

James Murray
Chair, Assistant Librarian, U.S. Courts Library

Pat Davis
Senior Circulation Clerk, Spokane Valley Library

Virgil A. Dedas
Coordinator of Technical Services, Whitworth University

Cate Symons
Paraprofessional Position, Post Falls Library, Post Falls, Idaho

Library Paraprofessional

"The key to my success was the experience I gained from my internships — actually working in a library, being exposed to the wide variety of functions and tasks and using all the skills I learned from the courses. Another essential element I learned then and know now: libraries are a fun and dynamic place to work!"

(Paula Foster, Project Manager/Database Administrator WIN Consortium Foley Center Library, Gonzaga University)

"After 25 years in retail sales, I was ready to explore a second career. I knew from my daughter Paula's experiences, that this program would provide me with the skills, knowledge and hands-on opportunities I would need to find work in a library setting. I continue to enjoy working in all the branches and the many challenges of providing the public with professional circulation services."

(Gary Veale, Circulation Supervisor, Region I, Spokane County Library District)

Financing Your Education


Patrons studying in a law library College Credit for Library Work Experience

Are you a current or recent library employee? Would you like to receive college credit for your library work experience? Students in the degree program at SFCC can submit documentation to the Library and Information Services program administrator to determine how much library work experience can be substituted for coursework. This may reduce time spent in class and reduce your total tuition costs as well! Students must be enrolled in the Library and Information Services program at SFCC. All requests must be approved by the program administrator and the SFCC registrar.

Tuition Waivers - Washington State Employees

Are you a Washington State Employee? Take advantage of the Washington State Employee tuition waiver.

Scholarships and Assistance for Library-related Education and Training

Many libraries and state library associations offer scholarships and tuition assistance for current library employees to further their education. Visit the American Library Association or the Library Associations websites for information about scholarships available through them.

American Opportunity Tax Credit

If you do not qualify for financial aid, you may qualify for the American Opportunity Tax Credit.

Tuition Waivers - Senior Waivers

If you are 60 years of age or older and a Washington resident, you could qualify for the Senior Tuition Waiver.

SFCC Scholarship Search

Locate scholarships or other forms of tuition assistance with our Scholarship Search.

Worker Retraining Financial Assistance

This initiative helps unemployed Washington State workers retrain and enter the workforce.

Work Study Financial Aid

This program assists with tuition, books, childcare fees, and other expenses for eligible students by providing employment opportunities.

Tuition Assistance for Veterans/GI Bill Information

If you are a veteran, you may qualify for tuition assistance.

As an SFCC Online Student, you'll need an active student network account to access SFCC's online resources, services and classrooms. This is activated shortly before you start your first quarter at SFCC.

Navigate to the CANVAS login page for access to your online classrooms.

Lost or Forgot Your Student ID or PIN?

General Information about Student Accounts. If you know your SID, retrieve your PIN online.

If you don't know your SID, contact SFCC Student Services via fax or mail. It takes three to five days to process faxed or mailed requests once we receive them. Faxed or mailed requests MUST include:
  • Student's printed name
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Address where reply is to be sent
  • Student's signature
Fax requests to: (509) 533-3237

Mail requests to:
Spokane Falls Community College
MS 3011
3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr.
Spokane, WA 99224-5288

Library Resources

Online chat-based reference assistance is available 24/7 from SFCC librarians and their partners working in libraries located around the country. When the SFCC Library is open, IM-based reference service is also available. Ask Us!

Some library resources may require you to enter your student account information (ID and Password) to access the material.

E-Tutoring

Online Tutoring is available to SFCC Students in writing, math and a number of other subjects. You may email questions or chat online with a tutor.

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