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Libraries and Digital Technologies (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1397
School:
Continuing Education

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 7 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMP1426 Information Technology for Library Technicians
Description: Focus on various types of information technology used in the library setting including mobile devices, eReaders, playaways, iPads and tablets, digital media, and various software and applications. Access to a current mobile device with wireless Internet capability is required.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
COMP1430 Electronic Publishing and Emerging Library Technologies
Description: Explore electronic publishing, including using basic web design, 3D printing, screen recording, blogs, microblogs, augmented reality, and gamification.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMP1150 or OLRN1480
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1015 Online Searching
Description: Explore concepts used in searching online for information. Learn to apply basic Boolean constructs. Practice efficient retrieval information from the Internet, library catalogues and commercial databases.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1055 Resource Description and Access I
Description: Develop understanding of library cataloguing using the RDA cataloguing rules for creating descriptive catalogue records, through use of the RDA online Toolkit. Learn to use MARC coding and ISBD punctuation for cataloguing bibliographic records in an automated environment. Recognize the changes in MARC coding resulting from RDA cataloguing rule.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1065 Resource Description and Access II
Description: Examine form and choice of entry according to RDA cataloguing rules, cataloguing applications of the World Wide Web, and sources of cataloguing copy in an automated environment. Learn to critically appraise public access catalogues. Recognize the changes in Marc coding resulting from RDA Cataloguing Rules.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1050 or LIBR1055
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1300 Introduction to Metadata and Metadata Applications
Description: Metadata is structured information about an information resource of any media type or format and can be considered an extension of traditional library cataloguing. Examine the fundamental concepts of metadata. Learn to apply a variety of metadata schemes and standards related to the description of digital and electronic resources on the web. Previous knowledge of HTML coding is highly recommended.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1090, COMP1430 or COMP1630, LIBR1060 or LIBR1065
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR1310 Strategies for Instruction for Library Technicians
Description: This course provides the students with the training, presentation and instructional skills required to plan and carry out instructional activities both formally and informally in a variety of library environments. Instructional work may take the form of library orientations, training on specific resources, assisting with program or course development, presentations about services, in classroom training as well as instruction provided during daily reference work.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBR1000
CoRequisites:
Closed
LIBR8000 Digital Media in Libraries
Description: Prerequisite: This course is intended for Library Technicians and Librarians.
Examine the expanding educational role and function of libraries as they become digital spaces supporting community creativity, engagement and participatory learning. Investigate how reframing of the library within the new culture of innovation, creativity and imagination supports users as they create, build and craft with digital technology and tools. This course is intended for Library Technicians and Librarians.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR8010 Issues in Digital Resource Management and Technologies
Description: Prerequisite: This course is intended for Library Technicians and Librarians. Explore the management of library resources in electronic formats with emphasis on collection development, licensing and acquisition of e-resources, as well as issues relating to access, copyright and archiving. Examine the integration of social media platform in provision of services. Assess the role of electronic resource management systems (ERMs) and digital repositories.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
LIBR8020 Library Leadership in the Digital Age
Description: Prerequisite: This course is intended for Library Technicians and Librarians. Explore strategies for leadership within current evolving library environments including strategies focused on self-management and collaboration. Examine decision-making competencies and key factors supporting successful management and implementation of change. Develop strategic and project planning skills. Assess leadership outcomes through an analysis of impacts on the organization or community. Apply critical thinking skills and accurate, persuasive communication to library leadership in a multimedia world.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
LIBR8030 User Experience in Libraries
Description: Prerequisite: This course is intended for Library Technicians and Librarians. User experience (UX) research explores the behaviour, needs, and expectations of the users of a product or service in order to create a better product or service. In this course, you will apply the principles and methods of user experience research to a library environment. You will practice research methods and develop a research plan leading to insights about library users and improvements to physical and virtual library services and spaces.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
LIBR8040 Libraries & Digital Technologies - Capstone I
Description: Develop the practice of lifelong learning through reflective inquiry and a range of professional development skills evaluating learning processes and progress. Create an e-portfolio demonstrating a deepened awareness of student learning throughout the program while archiving the integration and application of learning to the student's work environment. Conduct a digital technology needs assessment within an organization that leads to a project proposal and presentation in Capstone II.
Hours: 100
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites: COMP1426, COMP1430, LIBR1015, LIBR1055, LIBR1065, LIBR1300, LIBR1310, LIBR8000, LIBR8010, LIBR8020, LIBR8030
CoRequisites:
Closed
LIBR8050 Libraries & Digital Technologies - Capstone II
Description: Using skills acquired throughout the program, students will create an analytical research report leading to a client-focused proposal, and multi-media presentation on a digital technology appropriate for library and information services industry.
Hours: 120
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites: LIBR8040
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Debbie Richardson, drichardson@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 2488

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