Definition of ServiceSCKLS member libraries' staff and public library board members can attend and participate in basic and new training programs. Training and continuing education are offered on a variety of topics and in locations throughout the region, and member library employees are encouraged to request training to suit their continuing education needs. Click here to view the SCKLS Calendar of Events for information and to register for upcoming training events.
New librarians and staff can request an on-site orientation to SCKLS services. The Director provides orientation and training for new public library board members. Staff provide additional training in their areas of expertise.
To encourage participation in continuing education activities other than those offered by SCKLS, Continuing Education Reimbursement Grants of up to $750 per member librarian or board member per year help pay registration and tuition costs. Eligibility for the grant program is open to all member libraries subject to the grant guidelines: Continuing Education Grant.
Staff and ResourcesA Training Specialist as well as SCKLS staff are responsible for development and implementation of the continuing education program and other training events. The Training Specialist administers Continuing Education Reimbursement and Programming/Project Grants. A Professional Collection is maintained and available for circulation or by interlibrary loan.
Available OpportunitiesTo encourage participation in continuing education activities other than those offered by SCKLS, Continuing Education Reimbursement Grants of up to $750 per member librarian or board member per year help pay registration and tuition costs. Eligibility for the program is open to all member libraries subject to grant guidelines.
Service GuidelinesSCKLS fosters a culture of continuous learning. SCKLS monitors the continuing education needs of member libraries and, when appropriate, develops programs to meet those needs. SCKLS encourages and supports participation in continuing education programs offered for public, academic, school, and special library members as well as those for public library trustees. Member libraries with specialized training needs should contact the CE Specialist at least 60 days in advance of the date of the needed training.
Member ResponsibilitiesLibrary staff and public library board members are encouraged to request and participate in continuing education activities offered through SCKLS, online offerings as well as other vendors and sponsors. Paid training time by library employees is encouraged by SCKLS. The SCKLS CE Grant supports member library training through non-SCKLS vendors and sponsors. The primary source for SCKLS CE training session information is a calendar of events and registration details available at the SCKLS website: www.sckls.info.
Katherine Hughes, Training Specialist