Libraries and Literacy
Ministry of Education
605 Robson St., 8th fl.
Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3
Phone: (250) 356-1791
Toll Free: 1-800-663-7051
[British Columbia only]
Fax: (250) 953-3225
The Community Library Training Program
The Community Library Training Program (CLTP) is a Web based distance
education program offered by Libraries and Literacy (formerly PLSB)
of the British Columbia Ministry of Education, in partnership with
the British Columbia Library Association.
The purpose of the program is to help B.C. public library staff develop
the skills they need to serve their communities. The program is also
open to British Columbia public library volunteers, board members,
and staff or volunteers from BC Aboriginal libraries or other organizations.
Others interested in acquiring
library skills may contact the program coordinator for information about other programs.
Ten online courses are currently available covering a variety of public library
operations and services. The program is delivered entirely via the Internet.
Each course takes up to four months to complete and requires an estimated
minumum of ten - twenty hours of work (both on and offline) per week.
Approximately 160 students
complete CLTP courses each year and students are awarded a Community Library Training Program
certificate after completing a core program consisting of 4 courses.
Students in the program receive support from experienced tutors, Libraries and Literacy
consultants, and other students. Communication among
participants takes place primarily using the course Web sites and email. Final
grades in each course are based on three graded assignments, a quiz or test,
and participation in online discussions and activities.
Required readings and course materials are included with each
registration package or can be found online.
Recent CLTP News
- Apr 8, 2013 -- Registration for the Fall 2013 term is open!
Meanwhile, registration in our Spring 2013 (Apr - Jul) term is closed, but waitlists are being taken.
Details are on the Courses page. Note that priority in all of our
upcoming courses will be given to students nearing completion of the CLTP Program. More information
can be found on our Apply page.
- Mar 13, 2012 -- The Community Library Training Program is currently under review. Libraries & Literacy
remains committed to providing training and professional development opportunities for libraries and we are looking to
ensure our training efforts remain relevant and useful for BC’s public library staff, volunteers and trustees.
We do not yet know exactly what our training program will look like 1-2 years from now. However, we will make every
effort to ensure that current CLTP students have the opportunity to complete the program, and we encourage students to
take their desired courses sooner rather than later. We still welcome new students, but for those entering CLTP in
September 2012 or later, be aware that we cannot guarantee future course availability to complete the program. New
students are more than welcome to take courses on a one-off basis.
- Mar 12, 2012 -- Libraries & Literacy has released the
results of the Training Needs Survey
we conducted in the Fall of 2011. Over three hundred responses were collected from around the province,
including some from current and former CLTP students. Because the findings from this survey will impact
the future direction of the CLTP Program and other library training conducted by Libraries & Literacy,
we encourage all interested CLTP students to view the report. The full report is linked above.