Is this course right for me?
Are you working in a library or information unit? Could you benefit from specialist ICT skills to enhance your professional practice?
This course allows you to gain a practical knowledge of current technologies and their applications. It focuses on traditional areas of library work, such as reader development and stock selection, but shows you how to use ICT to accomplish these tasks.
The course is suitable for all library and information staff who want to enhance their ICT skills. This includes staff from public, medical and academic libraries, as well as a range of other information services. You may have a good grounding in library work, but want to complement this with ICT techniques. You may even have an ICT qualification (such as ECDL), but still require a library-specific understanding.
It is possible to study this course on a distance learning basis. The course is currently supported by CyMAL, and you may be eligible for a grant to cover your fees. This is automatically applied for on your behalf.
More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.
Further information on fees and financial support can be found at:
More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.
- Current employment within a library or information unit
- Experience of reference and enquiry work
- European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), or equivalent word processing, email and internet skills
The course is delivered through a blend of the following:
- Six 2-hour sessions
- Online learning materials
- Your own workplace practice
- Reflective work
The course can be studied on a distance learning basis, excluding the Digital Culture unit. Distance learners will have a face-to-face induction, and can optionally attend workshops at off-site venues.
The course is assessed through a blend of the following:
- Logbooks of real work examples
- Case studies
- Practical exercises
- Written tests
- Reflective writing
Completion of this course leads to a number of option in employment and education. You will have enhanced your professional practice, through critical reflection and through gaining new skills. You will have a firm grasp of how ICT can enrich your workplace, and you may be able to gain additional responsibilities.
In education, the course can lead to a number of progression routes. The ideal next step would be to enhance your skills further with the PDA in Applications of ICT in Libraries Level 8 (Wales Level 5).
Together, these two courses can be used towards associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). They can also form part of the Foundation Degree in Library and Information Management, exempting you from part of the degree course.
Additional campus/course information:
The course consists of the following:
Locating Information on Behalf of Clients: This unit focuses on information searching and enquiry work. You will learn to define the precise query, before creating a search strategy and evaluating the results.
Using ICT in Library Practice and Professional Development: This looks at a range of practical uses for ICT. You will learn to use automated library management systems, online stock selection tools and online discussion forums and journals.
Supporting Clients in the Safe and Legal Use of ICT: In this unit you will discuss internet safety as well as Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation. You will learn to promote safe and legal ICT use.
Optional units (choose one)
Supporting Reader Development: This enables you to use ICT in Reader Development. You will look at a range of online resources designed for adults, children and special needs clients.
Supporting Client Learning: This unit considers the role of ICT in the learning process of clients. You will learn to assess a client’s ICT capabilities, before providing them with appropriate tools and support.
Digital Culture - Online Communication: In this unit you will focus on the “new literacies” created by digital technologies. You will consider Web 2.0 tools, including social networks, online publishing, online collaboration and virtual worlds.