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 develops your practical knowledge of current technologies and their applications. It focuses on traditional areas of library work, but shows you how to use ICT to accomplish these tasks. It also includes an optional teaching module, helping you to train clients in using equipment and searching for information.
The course is a continuation of the equivalent Level 7 PDA. It 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 will continue to complement your library work with library-specific ICT techniques.
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.
- PDA in Applications of ICT in Libraries at SCQF Level 7
- 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:
- Three 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 an advanced knowledge of how ICT can enrich your workplace, and you may be able to gain additional responsibilities. Your qualifications can also be used towards associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
In education, the course can lead to a number of progression routes. Together the Level 7 and 8 PDA qualifications can form part of the Foundation Degree in Library and Information Management, exempting you from part of the degree course. Progression onto the degree will allow you to boost your knowledge and your professional profile.
Additional campus/course information:
The course consists of the following:
Digital Culture - Online Collaboration: This unit considers the sociology and operation of virtual communities. You will discuss the uses of Web 2.0 and online collaboration tools within your workplace.
Reflective Practice: In this unit you will reflect on the learning you have undertaken at Levels 7 and 8. You will identify the key areas of learning and how they have impacted your professional role.
Optional units (choose one)
Carrying out the Net Navigator Role: This enables you to use advanced internet searching techniques, as well as online alerting services. You will learn to implement complex search strategies and analyse the results.
Carrying out the Educator Role: This develops your teaching skills for a library context. You will learn to identify a client’s need and utilise appropriate teaching materials. You will also discuss family tree research.