[Libs-Or] Free, Self-Paced, Online Learning

Darci Hanning darci.hanning at state.or.us
Mon Aug 19 11:58:26 PDT 2013


The "Continuing Education Resources<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/resources/conted.aspx>" from the Oregon State Library web page continues to be updated with new, useful resources. Have you had a chance to check out these free, self-paced, online learning "courses"? New ones are added as we become aware of them so please feel free to forward additional items that you know about!

These free, self-paced online courses are hosted and managed by other organizations, notably: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, Colorado State Library, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Goodwill Community Foundation International, Nebraska Library Commission, San Jose State University, Santa Clara County Library District jointly with Infopeople, State Library of Kansas, and the Utah State Library. (Please note: If certificates of completion are offered, they are NOT intended for those outside of that organization's state.)

General Library Skills

*         ABLE<http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/able> (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
The free, online Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program provides basic library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. Courses cover technical services, collection development, and reference.

*         SABLE<http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/sable> (Idaho Commission for Library)
The free, online Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education (SABLE) program provides additional resources in library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. This program is a supplement to the ABLE courses; however, they are not tied to the completion of the ABLE courses and concentrate on serving youth.

*         Ohio Library Council Online Learning<http://www.olc.org/online_edu.asp> (Ohio Library Council)
Tutorials on library marketing, reference, and general library practices for new employees. While the tutorials include some Ohio-specific content, they are general enough for use anywhere.

Library Technology Skills

*         Tech Training for Libraries<http://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/techtraining/> (Colorado State Library)
Tech Training for Libraries is a new site with instructor materials and information related to technology training in public libraries for folks teaching public computer classes or training staff to be better one-on-one tech tutors.

General Technology Skills

*         23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Tools for Professional Success (<https://23things.sjsu.edu/the-23-things/>San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science)
The 23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Skills for Success will encompass 23 technologies and skills recommended for SJSU SLIS students and alumni by SLIS students and alumni. These technologies are presented in a module format taking the participant through weekly 20-30 minute tutorials followed by an exercise to demonstrate learning. Participants are welcome to just browse the modules, etc. but the real value of this program is to learn something new, produce something as a result of that learning, be rewarded by a digital badge, and participate in a broad community of SLIS students and alumni interested in lifelong and collaborative learning. Note: this online, self-paced learning opportunity is open to anyone, not just SLIS students and alumni! Additional information can be found here<http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/about-slis/news/detail/new-resource-explores-23-online-tools-help-information-professionals> as well.

*         GCF LearnFree.org<http://www.gcflearnfree.org/> (Goodwill Community Foundation International)
GCFLearnFree.org(r) creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology (covering computer<http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computers>, Internet safety<http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafety>, digital lifestyle<http://www.gcflearnfree.org/digitallifestyle>, and social media<http://www.gcflearnfree.org/socialmedia> topics), literacy, and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. By delivering over 750 different lessons<http://www.gcflearnfree.org/topics> to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE, GCFLearnFree.org is a worldwide leader in online education.

Technical Services & Collection Development

*         Resources for Catalogers <http://www.kslib.info/librarians/continuing-education/resources-for-catalogers.html> (State Library of Kansas)
Analytic Cataloging: Enhancing Access with Local and Family History Analytics, Cataloging Non-traditional Resources: Providing Access to Information Specific to Your Community of Users and some basic cataloging resources (books).

*         Caring for Yesterday's Treasures- Today<http://www.connectingtocollections.org/courses/about/> (Connecting to Collections)
A new series of free, online courses about the preservation of archival and historical collections. Tailored to the needs to staff and volunteers at libraries and archives, each course includes four to six interactive webinars presented by preservation experts. The instructors will address the specific questions that you and your fellow participants have about the care of collection at your institution. Each course will have its own Web page with handouts and links to additional resources. When the course concludes, participants will be able to continue the conversation with instructors and classmates via the Connecting to Collections Online Community.

*         Cataloging Basics<http://library.utah.gov/programs/training/cataloging.html> (Utah State Library)
This collection of online resources covers information about cataloging and classification, including RDA (Resource Description & Access), the new, unified cataloging standard.

*         RDA Series Webinars<http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1AAFB573158DC4A1> (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS))
Free recordings of webinars . Also contains recordings about collections, cataloging, preservation, and more.

*         Collection Development Training<http://www.azlibrary.gov/cdt/intro.aspx> (Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records)
This training site is specifically designed for librarians and other library staff in public libraries in Arizona who are new to collection development or who wish to refresh their knowledge about a particular aspect of collection development. The aim is to provide practical collection development training that is useful for small and rural public libraries, but this training site can be of use to anyone working in a small library or information center in any state including those in school-public combined libraries and small school libraries. This site is not intended for those working in large libraries since many of the collection development processes and examples would not be relevant to their needs. Although the information management principles remain the same, the scale of the work and the division of labor is often quite different.


*         Nebraska STAR Reference Manual<http://nlc.nebraska.gov/Ref/STAR/> (Nebraska Library Commission)
This online tutorial, developed by the Nebraska Library Commission, provides a great, basic introduction to reference. The tutorial consists of chapters so you can select what topics interests you most. There are great customer service tips included, as well as suggestions on how to perform a good reference interview.

*         Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources<http://ifpmedia.org/onlinelearning/sccld_smart_investing/index.html> (Santa Clara County Library District, Infopeople and other funding sources)
An online training course available to all librarians who would like to improve their reference strategies and knowledge of financial literacy concepts and resources. The goal of the course is to promote confidence and competence in responding to your library patrons' questions on personal finance and investment.

Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact me!

Darci Hanning * Technology Development Consultant * Library Development Services
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR  97301
503-378-2527 darci.hanning at state.or.us<mailto:darci.hanning at state.or.us>

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