Strengthening CE Content for Libraries

What is the Strengthening Continuing Education Content for Libraries project?

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Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and driven by WebJunction in partnership with Infopeople, the Strengthening Continuing Education Content for Libraries project stems from a resounding theme in the library field: if libraries are to effectively respond to the rapid changes in technology and society, then library staff must embrace continuous learning, and their institutions must support the learning that will drive organizational success. Library-focused CE providers are challenged to find effective and sustainable models for delivering training opportunities that meet ever-changing demands for new skills and knowledge.

This project seeks to address current needs by updating library competencies with 21st century skills, identifying high priority topics for libraries, and piloting new, practical models for training content development and delivery. The Training Institute will build the skills and capacity of CE providers to rapidly and collaboratively design and deliver high-quality content on topics essential to the field.

Project Activities

WebJunction and Infopeople are collaborating on the design and delivery of a training program that will focus on the value of online learning and strategies for producing quality, cost-efficient, learning content that can be built, shared and sustained via online tools and platforms. As project leads, WebJunction and Infopeople are piloting models for the rapid creation of online learning objects that are geared to be replicable. They will share these models with participants in the Training Institute, who will then work collaboratively with the each other to produce additional learning objects.

Library CE Training Institute

Twelve CE providers were selected to receive training on best practices for designing and delivering online learning. Training participants were selected through an application process that sought to involve trainers who have expertise with general training principles and experience delivering library-specific training, but who may wished to develop their competency in online training design.

This training was delivered as a blend of live online workshops, self-paced tutorials, and an in-person session. An overview of the Library CE Training Institute Curriculum is available to all interested.

Participants learned together and worked in teams to create new learning objects on high priority topics for building library staff skills. The online learning objects that institute participants create together can be used within their own organizations, and will also be shared openly throughout the library field by later in September.

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