Training and Certification Resources

The Washington State Library provides training and continuing education opportunities to library staff statewide and certifies the professional credentials of librarians.


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Training Opportunities

Washington State Library offers a variety of training opportunities for library staff statewide. Training is offered in person, online, and via satellite.

2013 WSL Tech Training Webinar Series: Archives Now Available

In 65% of communities across the country, libraries are the only source for free access to computers and the internet. If you have computers in your library, you are getting questions and requests for help from your patron on any number of subjects, from basic computer skills like setting up an email accounting and navigating the Internet to social networking, applying for jobs online, or using-readers. You may not have expected technology training to be a part of your library career; but the need is clear, and you can help patrons and staff learn new technologies with the right tool kit and some confidence.

In this 4-part webinar series, Stephanie Gerding provides library staff and trainers with practical tips and best practices for planning and promoting computer classes at the library, engaging students and evaluating success.  She addresses the most common concerns from new trainers, including fear of failure, lack of confidence, uncertainty about how to deal with difficult situations and worry about logistics, space concerns, and planning. By viewing this series you'll learn all the many ways that your library can meet the needs for technology job and best us the resources you have on hand. Join us, boost your confidence, get organized, and become a more effective technology trainer!

Stephanie Gerding is a librarian, author, and trainer with over 15 years of professional experience working with libraries, nonprofit, and government organizations. As an independent library consultant, Stephanie plans and conducts training for thousands of participants around the world in grants, technology, train-the-trainer, digital literacy, planning, advocacy, and online training topics. She has managed statewide training programs at New Mexico and Arizona State Libraries, worked as a library trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, taught graduate-level online courses, and is a certified trainer for the Public Library Association. She is the Training and Outreach consultant for TechSoup for Libraries. Stephanie is an author of three books, including "The Accidental Technology Trainer" and Winning Grants.


WSL Webinar Archives

Free Archived Webinars

WSL Training

Outside Vendor Training

    none currently scheduled

Conferences

Online/Self-Paced Training

    none currently scheduled

Training Resources

  • Washington Library Trainers
    The purpose of WAshington Library Trainers shall be to act as an interest group for people involved in training, career development, and continuing education for libraries—for the purposes of information sharing, communication, learning and support.
  • The OCLC Institute
    OCLC recognizes that library staff must continue to develop their skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of a demanding library environment in a rapidly changing information age. Through a series of educational programs, annual awards, scholarships and fellowships, we provide financial support for those beginning their library careers and for established library leaders who excel in their profession. In addition, we encourage research in the library and information science field by awarding up to three grants per year to college and university faculty members.
  • Events at the iSchool
    The University of Washington Information School events calendar.
  • WebJunction Washington
    The Washington State Library has partnered with WebJunction Washington to provide access to workshops, courses and conferences focusing on professional development. Through staff development and heightened awareness of current and evolving library practices, Washington libraries will enrich their customers' library experience.
  • Infopeople Training
    Online courses and webinars for library staff.
  • Tech Soup for Libraries
    In these tough economic times, TechSoup's product donation program can help stretch your library's budget.
  • ABLE (Alternative Basic Library Education)
    From the 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. The ABLE program is not designed to replace university level training in library science and no college credit is offered. Anyone interested in improving their knowledge of library basics is welcome to take these courses.
  • SABLE (Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education)
    From the 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. The ABLE program is not designed to replace university level training in library science and no college credit is offered. Anyone interested in improving their knowledge of library basics is welcome to take these courses.
  • Northwest Central
    Nothwest Central Continuing education network for library staff in the Pacific Northwest.


DISCLAIMER: The State Library regularly highlights third-party events and online resources as a way to alert the library community to training and resource opportunities. By doing so, we are not endorsing the content of the event, nor promoting any specific product, but merely providing this information as an FYI to librarians who must then decide what is right for them.


Contact Info

Library Training
Washington State Library
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460

Email
jennifer.fenton@sos.wa.gov

Telephone
(360) 570-5571

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