Librarians Guide To Homelessness: Free, Online, Self-Paced Training! (New Resource!)
The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, by Ryan Dowd, promises to help you reduce problems and conflict while remaining empathic with and inclusive to marginalized library patrons. Dowd and his work have been featured in American Libraries and both ALA and PLA conferences, to much acclaim. Dowd is the Executive Director of a large metropolitan homeless shelter outside of Chicago, Illinois. Learn more here.
Nan Carmack, Library of Virginia’s Library Development and Networking Division Director, recently completed the course. “In addition to being an excellent course for serving patrons struggling with homelessness, it is also a great library customer service training opportunity. I hope every library worker in Virginia takes this course!”
Who: All public and academic library staff in Virginia
What: This 4-hour training is presented in short video clips to be viewed at your convenience, picking up where you left off.
When: On your schedule, this training opportunity is available through January 31, 2020.
How: Create a Niche Academy account with username and password so that you are officially enrolled in the training. You can get an account and start your training from this URL:
Questions: Contact Cindy Church, Library of Virginia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing Education Opportunities
The Library of Virginia has created with nationally known experts online training to assist in your learning:
Entry Level Library Courses worksheet: suggested self-paced courses tailored to the beginning library employee.
Find It Virginia Webinars
Universal Class (Recorded Books)
This recorded training video will ask you to register to view it but provides an excellent overview of product use.
If you were unable to attend, here’s a short recording of one of the presentations.
Career Transitions, LegalForms, Kids InfoBits (Gale)
Visit this page for access to the recordings:
Let’s learn about Masterfile–Content and Searching for Library of Virginia (Ebsco)
Description: Join in to learn about Masterfile: What’s included in this new resource specifically made for public libraries and best ways to search using Explora and EBSCOhost.
The Library of Virginia has purchased course seats from archived and live webinars through People Connect Institute (PCI). This was made possible through a grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act.
Webinar archives and live webinars from People Connect Institute are only available to staff working in libraries located in Virginia.
PCI Webinars provide a team of experts in training, organizational development and continuing education focus on providing learning-based solutions for library organizations of all types and sizes. To request access to any of these webinars complete the course access request form.
You can select up to two recordings/live webinar per month.
After watching the webinar, you will be asked to complete a follow-up survey (within three months) telling how you are going to use the information gained.
Visit this page to find recordings of LVA meetings and/or webinars exclusively from Library Development.
Visit this page to see the topics and opportunities available from the Library of Virginia to assist in your staff day planning!