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EXCEL is a practical, flexible, distance education program that provides an opportunity to upgrade library skills and management techniques. Courses cover a wide variety of topics and can be taken individually. In order to qualify for a Certificate in Managing a Small Public Library students must complete at least ten EXCEL courses, including six mandatory courses. For more details on this program, please see or contact

This program is only open to those currently working or volunteering in a public library in the province of Ontario.

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: E01


    This orientation course provides an introduction to the purpose and function of libraries, provides an overview of the governance, organization, collections, staffing and services of public libraries. This course is aimed at library staff in Ontario who want to better understand the potential for 21st   century public libraries and how libraries are a force for individual growth and development, social cohesion and community well-being. This course is  a requirement for the certificate.

  • Course Code: F01


    Ce cours s’adresse à toute personne qui souhaite acquérir une meilleure compréhension du potentiel des bibliothèques publiques au XXIe siècle du fait de leur incidence sur la croissance et le développement de l’individu, la cohésion sociale et le bien-être communautaire. On y traite également du contexte dans lequel les bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario sont gérées et financées, abordant notamment les notions de rôle, de gouvernance et de programmes et services propres aux bibliothèques publiques.

  • Course Code: SD39

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    Readers' advisory is a service provided by libraries to assist readers with discovering books they will enjoy. Today there is a growing commitment to readers' advisory services as libraries promote the value of leisure reading and embrace the joy of reading for pleasure.

    In this self-directed online course, students will learn to help readers who enjoy personal assistance with finding something good to read and readers who prefer to discover their next great read independently.
    Students will study the theory of appeal in order to understand what readers enjoy about books. Students will also learn about tools and resources that support their work as reader's advisors and resources important to staying current with publishing and reading trends.