Spring 2007

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Staff Training Opportunities Sponsored by The New York State Library

By Mary Linda Todd, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library

Spring 2007 issue of Trustee

The New York State Library has announced two new training opportunities for public library staff.  These training opportunities are offered in partnership with PULISDO, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WebJunction, the New York Library Association and NYSALB.

Training on the Go is a pilot online training program that includes a variety of library-related skills for all levels of public library staff.

Participants have their choice of online courses from two providers: Element K and WebJunction.  Courses cover a range of topics including office productivity (such as using Microsoft Office and web development and design), grant writing, management skills, and other library-related topics. Once registered, participants will receive an access code that will remain activated for up to one year, giving them ample time to complete their online training courses.
Interested participants can go to to read more about the program and to register for the online courses.

The second training opportunity involves a series of workshops on the usage of TechAtlas, a computer software utility that is useful to libraries for many purposes, such as in technology planning and for E-rate.  The workshops will focus on the specific skills needed for utilizing TechAtlas to enhance library technology services, especially those affecting public access computing.  Workshop participants will explore new WebJunction features and learn how to use a variety of TechAtlas utilities, reports, and planning tools.  Participants will learn how to quickly inventory library computers, print out an inventory spreadsheet, and create a report, saving many hours of staff time.

These hands-on workshops are offered in many areas of the state and run from March 22 through April.  The workshops are half-day sessions and are free.  Workshop registration is available online at:

New York State’s public libraries will be participating in an upcoming Gates grant program in 2007 entitled: The US Library Hardware Sustainability Access program.  While complete details have not yet been released about the program, a major goal of this initiative is to help public libraries establish strategies to increase their capacity to sustain their public access computing services by developing community partners. Public libraries should contact their library system for more information.

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