Supercharged Storytimes for All: State and Regional Library Training Partnership

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WebJunction is expanding its pilot online Supercharged Storytimes curriculum to cover eight foundational early literacy concepts and align with other library training that educates parents and caregivers about their role in supporting early literacy. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is advising the course’s training on effective community outreach to children and families from diverse backgrounds to the program. The course will also include instruction on PLA’s Project Outcome evaluation tools for assessing impact of storytime programs. This project, led by OCLC’s WebJunction team, is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Training Partnership Overview

One way that Supercharged Storytimes will reach more library staff practitioners is through partnerships with state library agencies or regional networks. WebJunction will select state and regional training partners that will send three to five qualified trainers to a Train the Trainer course, who will then lead Supercharged Storytime training for library staff in their state or region.

In support of these partnerships, WebJunction will:

  • Orient partners to program process and resources, including an overview of the learning space for trainers;
  • Provide the online learning environment for the Train the Trainer course;
  • Lead the live online sessions over six weeks during May-June 2018, making archived recordings available to the trainers for later viewing;
  • Maintain the learning environment for trainers to continue to use as a discussion space and refresh of their own learning, for the duration of the project;
  • Confer with partners on the criteria and expectations for trainers to attend the Train the Trainer course and timeline to deliver their trainings to library staff.

The Training Partners will:

  • Provide consistent points of contact with WebJunction to be the primary communication channel between WebJunction and the selected trainers;
  • Select, coordinate and support the trainers as they go through the Train the Trainer course, conduct trainings, and participate in evaluation activities;
  • Ensure that each trainer who participates in the Train the Trainer course conducts at least two online or blended-format trainings by March 2019; ensure trainers have the infrastructure they need to deliver online or blended learning to library practitioners;
  • Participate in grant program evaluation activities as requested by WebJunction;
  • Ensure that participating trainers have an Internet-connected computer, laptop, or tablet/device, as well as an audio connection (telephone or audio through computer with headset/microphone), to participate in online webinars and/or view archived sessions;
  • Ensure that trainers fulfill the expectations for participation in the Train the Trainer course;
  • Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with OCLC to affirm the commitments detailed above.

Interested state and regional library networks should complete the application by January 26, 2018, 5:00 pm PT. WebJunction will notify selected libraries by mid-February. 

Train the Trainer Project Timeline

Additional questions? Please view Train the Trainer FAQs or contact Brooke Doyle (, Project Coordinator, Supercharged Storytimes for All.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [grant number RE-95-17-0085-17].

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