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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: LbD-Y1a

    This course will develop trustees' leadership skills and is designed to be taken in the first year of a board member's term, and concurrently with Module 2 - Understanding Your Community.

  • Course Code: LbD-Y1b

    This module reviews what it means to be a library board member and outlines your responsibilities in the first year of your term. It is designed to be completed concurrently with Module 1 - Board Effectiveness.

  • Course Code: LbD-Y2

    This module on Assessment will review the skills necessary to assess performance of the Board, the CEO, and the strategic plan. It is designed to be taken in the second year of a board member's term.

  • Course Code: LbD-Y3

    The fourth module reviews the basics of strategic planning and explores how to successfully plan for your library's future. Strategic Planning is designed to be taken in the third year of a board member's term.

  • Course Code: LbD-Y4

    In the last module of Leadership by Design program, Legacy and Succession, participants will learn the skills necessary to lay the framework for future terms.