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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: SD43

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    Library spaces need to transform in fresh, imaginative and creative ways to address changes in technology, demographics and community needs.

    This course examines current issues affecting space needs of public libraries, provides information on planning for new library spaces and discusses how existing library spaces can be optimized to meet the needs and expectations of the community.