Continuing education (CE) is defined as an in-person or online training or workshop that furthers knowledge related to libraries, management, or job-related duties.
The North Dakota Library Coordinating Council (NDLCC) Standards for Public Libraries includes requirements for attending continuing education opportunities each year. Examples include library-related workshops, webinars, and conferences. [Note: If are unable to attend a live webinar, watching the recording would also suffice.]
The North Dakota State Library (NDSL) offers many training opportunities throughout the year. Keep an eye on NDSL’s monthly publication Flickertale for more information on upcoming CE opportunities.
Trainings from other library-related organizations would also count toward this standard.
Explore the list below to broaden your continuing education horizons.
Most webinars are free and typically last 30-60 minutes.
- Webinars (North Dakota State Library) – webinars hosted and/or presented by NDSL
- WSL Training Calendar (Wyoming State Library) – the definitive place to find library-related webinars from across the county
- Summer Summit (North Dakota State Library) – an annual library management symposium that invites library directors, board members, and staff are encouraged to attend
- Research Methods (North Dakota State Library) – the course explores different types of research methods, library subscription databases, and internet search engines
- Summer Reading Workshops (North Dakota State Library) – workshops hosted by NDSL staff on the upcoming Summer Reading Program
American Libraries Live is a fantastic streaming video series, presented by ALA and American Libraries magazine. Each live broadcast focuses on a different timely library-related topic, with experts in the field serving as moderators and panelists. I had the chance to tune in for the session for the month of May, which focused on library security. There was a great deal of great information, and I thought I’d share the main points I was able to take away from the session.
- Security is everyone’s job. Whether you work in a large enough library to have dedicated security staff, or you are a solo librarian in a rural library, it is everyone’s job to ensure the safety and security of library patrons and the library building. We as library staff should take the time to walk around and take stock of what’s going on the building, check the dark corners, and just generally be observant of who’s in the building, what they’re doing. There isn’t always going to be a “good citizen” who will come and report to you that something is going on. We need to be the collective eyes and ears to make sure the library environment is safe for everyone within it.
- Post the library’s code of conduct in plain view. It’s tough to enforce rules that people don’t know about. Plus, just knowing the rules helps modify people’s behavior before they ever venture into unacceptable behavior territory.
- Write an incident report every time staff has to deal with a security issue in the building. It’s beneficial to have a record of what took place, who was involved, and how the issue was resolved. Having all the information helps library administration to have the back of the staff, and helps the staff as a whole debrief after the incident, to review what happened and how staff responded.
- We need to rethink the idea of the “difficult patron.” We all have patrons we think of as difficult for one reason or another, those patrons who interfere with the ability of others to enjoy the library. One of the panelists suggested thinking about these patrons not as “difficult,” but rather as “challenging.” Everyone has the right to enjoy the library within the parameters of the code of conduct, and it can certainly be difficult to deal with those people who choose not to operate within those parameters. The panelist expressed the thought that using the word challenging instead of difficult reframes this in a more positive light. We can work with challenging people to bring them into the fold of those who use the library without interfering with the library use of others.
American Libraries Live is a really great resource for library staff in all types of libraries. You can view the webcasts live, or watch the archive of the presentations any time, all at no charge. Check out the archive and view the schedule for future webcasts at http://americanlibrarieslive.org/blog.
Let’s face it – life is better when we have good friends to enjoy it with. Friends are always there to help us when we need a hand, and to support the many endeavors we may take on. In the same way, friends are a great asset to libraries. Many libraries have established Friends of the Library groups to support their activities and services. Friends groups exist to provide support to libraries in a variety of ways, from fundraising and volunteer services, to program support and advocating for the library in the community. Friends groups make a huge difference for libraries of all types, though they are most common in public libraries. If your library has an active, helpful friends group, good for you! It’s great to know that you have a built-in group of supporters who are ready to pitch in to help and to raise their voices in support of the library when the need arises. If you’re interested in getting a friends group started at your library in North Dakota, we’re here to help! Continue reading
I’m a staunch believer in libraries fostering creative growth and providing their patrons with tools and outlets for the production of artistic and cultural works. As libraries have an obvious and long-standing synergy with authors, it’s a perfect fit for them to help local writers self-publish their work. Brilliantly, PLA is offering a free webinar to help library administrators learn how to do just that!
The one hour webinar will give you the tools you need to:
- Better understand the role of self-published e-books within the library lending model
- Be able to help local authors take advantage of free self-publishing tools
- Know how to form a public library e-book self-publishing partnership
Learn more and register to attend here.
If your patrons love exploring fantastical and alien worlds and you wish to learn of great new titles to enthrall them with, you should consider attending Booklist’s free Worlds of the Imagination webinar on May 7th.
During the hour-long webinar you’ll learn of the best new and forthcoming Science fiction and fantasy titles from industry leaders Baen, Galaxy Press, Tor, and Tu Books.
If your patrons love mysteries and you want to learn about some great new titles to recommend to them (or purchase for your library!) you should consider attending Booklist’s free Thrilling Mysteries webinar on April 30th.
During the hour-long webinar you’ll learn of the best new and forthcoming mystery titles from the following publishers: AudioGO, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Poisoned Pen Press, Seventh Street Books, Random House, and Severn House.