Libraries and information industries are now working in complex technological environments with a rapid expansion of digital resources and services. This development has resulted in an increased emphasis on technological skills as well as a demand from employers for graduates with expanded skill sets. These skill sets include a broad understanding of information management, as well as specific capabilities in managing digital resources as these affect research data, websites and social media. The ability to digitize analog resources to increase their accessibility and improve their management is also in demand. The demand for all these skills provides an important context as education in the library and information technology field moves beyond the traditional library setting to encompass a wide range of occupations in both the private and public sectors. All these changes have prompted Carleton University and Algonquin College to work together to develop a new program to meet the needs of a changing information economy.
Advantages of the Program
IRM is a unique 4-year program which enables students to graduate with both a Bachelor of Information Technology degree from Carleton University and a Library and Information Technician diploma from Algonquin College. In four years, graduates will obtain two credentials which would otherwise take 6 years to complete
Blended university and college program combines a strong theoretical education with practical experience. Students registered in the program will be enrolled at both Carleton University and Algonquin College and will benefit from facilities, teaching staff, resources and expertise at both institutions
With a fully integrated curriculum, students attend both University and College on a weekly basis in each of the program’s four years. It is this close collaboration between the two institutions which is the strength of the BIT joint programs and is not typical of other joint university–college programs in Ontario
Located in the National Capital Region, the program has contacts with major government and other employers for co-op and practicum placements
Laboratory and Research Facilities
Access to an up-to-date computer lab specifically maintained for the IRM program provides access to the latest technology in the field
Students in the IRM program will benefit from opportunities for practicum and experiential learning including completion of projects at Carleton’s MacOdrum Library. Newly renovated MacOdrum Library won the prestigious Ontario Library Association Library Building Award 2015. The Library provides a number of state of the art facilities including the Discovery Centre for Undergraduate Research and Student Engagement which includes a gaming laboratory, 3-D printing centre and multimedia laboratory. The Library will provide a designated space adjacent to the Discovery Centre for IRM students to research, collaborate and study
Flexible Multidisciplinary Program
The IRM program offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education and practical experience in the field of information resource management
The flexible structure of the program also enables students to incorporate a minor of their choice to develop a subject area specialty
Flexible co-op option which enables students to gain up to 5 terms of work placement related to the field of information technology. A minimum of three terms of work placement are required to obtain a BIT-IRM degree with a co-op designation
A bridge program has been designed for students who already have an LIT diploma to reduce the time to obtain the BIT degree. The bridge program will commence on a full time basis in September 2018. Students wishing to start before 2018 have the option of taking courses towards the minor requirement. More information is available upon request from the IRM Coordinator: infoIRM@bitdegree.ca.