Libraries and Digital Technologies

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1397

About the program

This program enhances students' knowledge and skills relating to technological change and the ways that digital technologies are transforming libraries and their services. Students develop the skills and digital competencies needed to explore the opportunities and potential impact of current and emerging technologies on their organization. Through active learning, a culminating activity and capstone project, students gain conceptual insight and practical leadership strategies in addressing issues relating to digital technologies in library and information environments. The pace of technological change in libraries creates challenges for Library Technicians. This program will focus on current and emerging technologies affecting their workplaces and having an impact on the collections and services they offer. Students will develop 21st-century fluency skills essential for active participation in libraries of all types.The certificate meets the need for ongoing professional development in this area, and provides a pathway for college and university graduates to broaden their learning.
Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • A two or three year diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Library and Information Technology OR
  • Master's degree in library science, library and information science or information OR
  • Graduate of the Southern Ontario Library Services (SOLS) Excel, Advanced Excel or Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL) certificate programs OR
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five years library experience in a management or senior technical position.

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Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0: CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CEL) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form
  • Attach proof of admission requirements.
  • Final acceptance is based on a review of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Apply innovative information technology, solutions and assessment to a range of challenges, needs and opportunities facing libraries and information services
  • Complete all work in compliance with professional standards, relevant policies, practices, processes and procedures and employ relevant knowledge, skills, ethical judgments and behaviours in workplace environments.
  • Collect, analyze and assess user experience information and respond to stakeholder priorities in a way that meets their needs.
  • Analyze, evaluate and propose new information and service platforms and technologies to add value to the user experience and to library operations and processes.
  • Develop and present a plan that addresses changes within the library and information services industry and enhances library operations.
  • Collect, manage and interpret data to identify trends, issues and needs in the workplace and to develop appropriate and reliable measurement systems.
  • Develop and apply strategies for personal, career and professional development to enhance work performance and maintain currency within the industry
  • Use a variety of project management practices and procedures to identify stakeholder needs to effectively manage and implement change.
  • Communicate accurately, persuasively, and credibly to internal and external industry stakeholders

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
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Spring Registration: February 4, 2019
Fall Registration: July 8, 2019