EXCEL Program

What is EXCEL?

EXCEL is a practical, flexible, distance education program that provides an opportunity to upgrade library skills and management techniques.

Who should take EXCEL?

EXCEL is specifically designed for public library staff or volunteers who are currently working in a public library and have little or no formal library training. This program is only open to those currently working or volunteering in a public library in the province of Ontario (Canada).

How does the EXCEL program work?

  • EXCEL is offered in English and French using telephone tutors
  • If you are pursuing a Certificate in managing a small public library, you must complete at least ten EXCEL courses, including six of the core courses, within five years
  • If you are not pursuing the Certificate, you may take individual courses of interest to you
  • Ideally, students take one course per semester, or two if they feel they can handle the workload. Students may not take 3 courses in one semester.

How do EXCEL courses work?

  • Each course consists of five or six modules with an assignment per module and an exam for the course
  • Assignments are based on practical applications to test the principles of the course in your own work situations

When is EXCEL offered?

We offer seventeen different courses in a cycle over three semesters each year: Winter (January to April), Summer (May to August) and Fall (September to December).We offer each course at least once a year.

How much does EXCEL cost?

Each course costs $145.00 plus HST ($18.85) = $163.85.

How do I register for EXCEL?

Please read our general information on registration\ Renseignements généraux pour l'inscription (EXCEL). We post a registration form approximately six weeks before the registration deadline.

How do I get more information about EXCEL?

List of contacts has been provided.

Is there an advanced EXCEL that goes beyond the basics?

Yes, there is a second stream within the EXCEL program called Advanced EXCEL.

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