Office of the Registrar
University Regulations (2015/2016)
7.5 Certificate Course Descriptions

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

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.

7.5.1 Library Studies


Introduction to Libraries

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.

CH: 0


Technical Processing

explains the theory and practice of the various aspects of technical processing: acquisitions, cataloguing, classification, serials and circulation.

CH: 0



examines reference services, the reference interview and search strategies. Reference sources, materials and research methods will be examined.

CH: 0


Adult Services

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.

CH: 0


Children's Services

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.

CH: 0


Introduction to Library Technology

is intended for those interested in how technology is shaping library services and collections. Topics include an introduction to computer hardware, network topography, HTML, Integrated Library Systems, proxy servers, electronic journal procurement, electronic indexes, and evolving user interfaces. It also looks at the way technology has changed the workflow in libraries and the impact that this has had on library organization and staffing.

CH: 0


Managing Libraries

is 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.

CH: 0


Library Services for Business and Industry

focuses 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.

CH: 0


Multimedia Operations in the Library Setting

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.

CH: 0


Advanced Topics in Library Technology

offers an overview of popular technologies like blogs, wikis, web search engines, relational databases, wireless networks, personal computing devices, and XML, with an emphasis on their application in the world of libraries. The course provides a basic understanding of library-specific protocols and standards including the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Unicode, and cataloguing schemas for digital objects.

CH: 0

PR: Library Studies 1606


Directed Research/Project

- inactive course.


Special Topics in Library Studies

examines specific courses developed to meet particular needs, new topics, and current trends in library studies work.

CH: 0

PR: any two Library Studies courses below the 3000 level

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).