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Library Skills Academy

Dates: Tuesdays, June 05, 12 and 19, 2018 (you must attend all 3 days)
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day
Place: NYLA Headquarters, 6021 State Farm Rd, Guilderland*
Cost: $215 for NYLA members; $255 for non-members**

This high level program is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in public and academic libraries. To receive a certificate, the individual must complete the entire 18 hour program.

The course is offered on the same day over the course of three weeks (three consecutive Tuesdays), and each class is six hours long. All materials and lunch each day are included in the registration fee.

Introduction (Day 1, morning)
An introduction to libraries and library service.  Discussion topics include the history of libraries, the foundational principles of library service, the major types of libraries, the different functional areas of library work, the various jobs and roles in library work,  an overview of the current employment landscape in the library field, and a discussion of “hot topics” such as censorship, privacy, rights of access, social media, etc.

Reference Services (Day 1, afternoon)
This component of the training program is an introduction to reference and information services in libraries. Topics include the organization of information, the reference question, and search strategies.  Electronic reference products, trends in reference work, types of reference materials, and library/bibliographic instruction/information literacy, are discussed. The role of the library assistant in this aspect of library service is explored.

Public Services (Day 2)
An introduction to public services in libraries. This section covers access policies and procedures, collection management, customer service, and public relations.

Technical Services (Day 3)
An introduction to technical services in libraries. This section covers technical services policies and procedures, also technical components of general utility across the library.

For more information and to register click here.

*Please note the venue is NOT handicapped accessible. Stairs are required to reach the program space.

**MVLS offers Continuing Education grants to each member library that could be used to pay for the cost of this program. Contact MVLS if you are interested. There are also two scholarships from NYLA available for this program for diverse applicants – contact director@nyla.org for details.

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