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Continuing Education for Library Employees

Online Courses and Training  |  Programs and Conferences

Online Courses and Training

Skillsoft

Skillsoft is a premier provider of online learning and elearning solutions. Skillsoft courses, books, and videos have been developed by industry-leading learning experts to ensure that they build talent and develop a more knowledgeable, productive and valuable workforce. This service is provided to Illinois library staff by the Illinois State Library and through the efforts of WebJunction.

Through the Skillport learning management system, registered users can manage and record their use of 450 online self-paced courses and over 4,000 short instructional videos. Course offerings cover a variety of topics, including communication and interpersonal skills, customer service, desktop software skills, leadership, management, and information technology.

Webjunction Online Courses and Webinars

OCLC Webjunction offers library-specific self-paced courses, webinar archives, and other great learning materials. Certificates of Completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements. WebJunction’s catalog of courses and webinar archives on library topics is now open to all library workers and volunteers nationwide.

Programs and Conferences

ILEAD USA: Illinois Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover

ILEAD USA: Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover, a continuing education library immersion program, supported by grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, combines web technologies' skills building with leadership training, in order to increase exposure of services, engage libraries' constituents, and provide opportunities for collaborating on innovative projects. The ILEAD USA Program fosters the development of team projects over a nine month period through a combination of intermittent face-to-face meetings with online technology training sessions. At the end of nine months, each team delivers a formal presentation of their project to the entire ILEAD USA audience, with the goal of either sustaining these projects as ongoing library programs or directly applying the knowledge gained from ILEAD USA to future collaborative projects.

On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference

The purpose of this three day conference is to equip and enlighten frontline staff persons with training, exposure, the latest technology tools, and techniques that will enable them to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their community. Keynote and concurrent sessions will address topics to help frontline staff serve and engage their communities within the framework of our multitype library system.

Statewide Public Library Management Institute

The Statewide Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI), held annually as a weeklong Institute, has the following mission: 1) to provide public library administrators with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities; and 2) to provide public library administrators with the skills they need to better serve their constituents. Topics range from legal and budgeting issues to policy development, programs, disaster planning, building safety, leadership, customer service, and personnel. Opportunities for networking, teambuilding, and informal discussions provide the platform for intensive work and professional growth.

Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative

Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative is the statewide library community's proactive movement to recruit and nurture a diverse group of future Illinois library leaders. Synergy objectives include self-assessment; discovering and developing personal values; identifying the local, state and global environment; fostering and expanding skills and tools for personal, professional and positional leadership; creating a cohort group; establishing mentoring relationships; and developing a vision of and beyond the field of librarianship.