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Certificates & Diplomas

SOLS has developed three different training programs to meet the needs of librarians and library staff at different stages of their careers.

EXCEL is a practical, flexible, distance education program that provides an opportunity to upgrade library skills and management techniques. It is designed for public library staff or volunteers currently working in a public library who have little or no formal training. Students can choose to complete a Certificate in managing a small public library, or take specialized courses that suit their interests.

Advanced EXCEL is a program of study which builds on the knowledge and skills acquired through the basic EXCEL program, going into greater depth in a number of key areas. It is designed for those who have completed the basic EXCEL Certificate and those with other library qualifications. Students can choose to pursue an Advanced EXCEL Certificate, or take specific courses of interest to them.

The Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL) Institute is a two year Certificate program designed to expand and advance the leadership capacity of public library CEOs and managers. Those who have completed the basic EXCEL Certificate or have other library qualifications and aspire to hold leadership positions may qualify for the Certificate program.

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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.