The Certificate in Library Studies is for persons working in a library who wish to be more accomplished providers of library services. The program will benefit personnel in school, public, university, medical, legal, and special interest libraries.


To be eligible for the certificate in Library Studies a student must complete the following:

1) Business 2000; Library Studies 1601, 1602, 1603, 1606, 1609.

2) Four courses chosen from Library Studies 1604, 1605, 1610, 1611, 2606, 3600, 3601-9.

Note: In some cases, students may substitute one elective course that has relevance to their area of speciality and the field of library studies. Students may submit their request in writing to the Program Developer, School of Continuing Education for consideration by the Advisory Committee.


Certificate courses are specially designed courses relating to specific areas of study for which no equivalent degree credit course exists and are not applicable towards an existing diploma or degree program.

1601. Introduction to Libraries. This course introduces students to the organization, functions, and services in various types of libraries. The course will also cover some aspects of the history of libraries, ethical considerations in library work (freedom of information and access, copyright), and collection development.

1602. Technical Processing. Explains the theory and practice of the various aspects of technical processing: acquisitions, cataloguing, classification, serials and circulation.

1603. Reference. A look at reference services, the reference interview and search strategies. Reference sources, materials and research methods will be examined.

1604. Adult Services. This course covers library services directed towards adults, with an emphasis on the genres of fiction and non-fiction works, the promotion of literacy and leisure reading, and reference tools.

1605. Children's Services. The course looks at fiction and information books appropriate for children from birth to teenage years. Coverage will include library publicity and the promotion of books through children's programming.

1606. Computers in Libraries. An introduction to the use of microcomputers in libraries. Section one explores microcomputers and their uses. Section two will introduce the use of computers in libraries such as integrated library systems, local area networks and CD/ROMSs. The course will provide students with a well-rounded review of current library technologies and issues.

1609. Managing Libraries. An introduction to the management function in the library setting, including job descriptions, policies and procedures, legal aspects, budgeting, organizational structure and interrelationships, and public relations.

1610. Library Services for Business and Industry. The course will focus on the provision of library services to business and industry, with emphasis on specific strategies for providing information to business and industry users, the role of in-house information services and libraries, and the interaction between the library, management, and administration in business and industry settings.

1611. Multimedia Operations in the Library Setting. This course covers current trends in the information revolution, and their effect on communications in the library setting. Students will be introduced to applications of multimedia to library work, including audiovisual resources, desktop publishing and other software, computer networking, and the creation of promotional materials. The course is intended to be a hands-on introduction to these applications.

2606. Computers in Libraries II. A continuation of topics covered in Library Studies 1606 with special reference to the Internet and World Wide Web.
Prerequisite: Library Studies 1606.

3600. Directed Research/Project. This course will allow students to develop and work on a research paper or project under the direction of a Library Studies instructor/facilitator, and with approval from the Advisory Committee.
Prerequisite(s): any two Library Studies courses below the 3000 level.

3601-9. Special Topics in Library Studies. Specific courses developed to meet particular needs, new topics, and current trends in library studies work.
Prerequisite(s): any two Library Studies courses below the 3000 level.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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