The Joint Committee (SCLD/SUNYLA) on Innovative Library Services through Technology invites course proposals for the new Innovative Library Services through Technology Certificate program. We are looking for courses designed for librarians, library clerks, other library employees, technology support specialists, instructional technologists and instructional designers. Courses should develop participant expertise so that they can lead projects that establish innovative library services, and lead outreach programs for departmental faculty and student support centers that promote integrated library services.


  • May – July 2013 – Open Call for Proposals
  • July 2013 – Select courses and finalize design of certificate
  • August 2013 – Begin accepting registrations for the certificate program
  • September 2013 – Finalize cohort
  • October 2013 – Sessions begin


Online and blended learning formats are preferred. Courses should be designed with a four session/module sequence that could be fulfilled within a one month commitment. Courses in the asynchronous mode are preferred, although synchronous workshops and webinars (via Blackboard Collaborate or AdobeConnect) are welcome. Courses may take the form of one to three hour sessions, modules in learning management systems (ANGEL, OpenSUNY via Blackboard Coursesites, or Moodle), or face-to-face course sessions held at CIT or SUNYLA conferences. All courses will be licensed under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC) in the spirit of open educational resources.


The Certificate will contain four core courses and a variety of electives. For the certificate to be successful, a variety of electives will be needed. Electives should be related to the ILST Program Framework Description and Outcomes and can provide an in-depth study of a critical issue, or application of theory, of a technology or technological practice in the library environment.

Electives should be able to be taken separately and without a prerequisite core course. Electives are expected to include at least four learning outcomes that reflect the ILST Program Framework Description and Outcomes. For example learning outcomes, please reference the Core Courses & Learning Objectives. Collaborative proposals (one person developing the course and another to deliver the course) are permissible (in that case, the developer should submit the course under his/her name with the instructor’s information noted on the syllabus).

  • Core Courses
    • Collaborative Technologies For Libraries
    • New Service Models In Libraries
    • Emerging Technologies In Libraries
    • Project Management For Libraries.
  • Possible public services track electives
    • instructional design and transliteracy/metaliteracy/media and visual literacy for face-to-face, online, and blended learning
    • learning space design – for face-to-face, online, and blended learning
    • web design
    • teaching 21st century learners (learning theories, pedagogy, etc.)
  • Possible technical services track electives
    • evaluating discovery interfaces
    • RDA & alternative metadata schemes
    • web design
    • data-driven collection analysis


The Innovative Library Services through Technology Certificate Program leads to a certificate upon successful completion of all 4 core courses and at least 3 electives. In order to allow participants to take what they need and want from the program without being required to complete the Certificate, we will be using Open Badges (

Badges are issued for the attainment of a set of learning objectives, as evidenced by the successful completion of the associated activities. Badges are not issued for the completion of an entire course. Each module of content completed by the learner may result in receiving a badge if so designated by the course designer. People can be display badges in an online “backpack,” on a resume, CV, blog, social networking page, or personal web site.