Library Skills Institute
The Missouri State Library hosts two Library Skills Institute events each year in the winter and summer. These events offer library skills training to library staff without formal education in Library Science. At each event, we offer three courses: Basic Library Skills and two advanced classes.
Note: Registration for an advanced course requires completion of the Basic course or extensive library experience (Basic Waiver Form required). Contact Ann Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org, with specific questions regarding Institute or for more information about the Basic Waiver process.
Participants who attend Institute five times are honored with a Certificate of Achievement. Participants who attend all Institute classes are honored with a Certificate of Excellence.
Basic Library Skills
Basic Library Skills is offered at every Institute and teaches participants the basics of library service, including library administration and governance, reference, children's and young adult services, adult services, outreach, circulation, and collection development.
Advanced Library Skills
Two advanced courses are also offered at each Institute for graduates of basic. These are offered on a rotating basis and include:
- Administration and Management
- Cataloging and Classification
- Collection Development and Acquisitions
- Library Services for Children
- Library Services for Seniors
- Library Services for Young Adults
- Readers' Advisory Services
- Reference Services
In conjunction with the Summer Library Institute, the Missouri State Library offered the Technology Institute.
This training was open to anyone who manages IT projects for a Missouri public library.