2019 public library training wrap-up

It's been another busy year of training, with nearly 30 training sessions delivered to over 300 public library staff in 2019. And we haven't finished yet, with six more indyreads training sessions to come before the end of the year. group of people at tables looking at books

Collect Connect Community: an introduction to the State Library of NSW 

Collect Connect Community (CCC) introduces participants to the collections and services of the State Library of NSW. The training is delivered to small groups of about 16 people using iPads to explore the State Library website.

We delivered 8 sessions of the CCC to 117 participants, including one session held at Blacktown Library. Feedback from the participants included:

  • I would recommend this course as it reveals how many resources the State Library offers and how the Library works
  • So many helpful and necessary resources that I didn't know about
  • Libraries are no longer confined by walls – knowledge and libraries are available to all
  • A very useful and informative workshop - I’ve learnt a lot today especially about the extensive collection of SL of NSW and the services it provides for the community
  • Entertaining and informative. I loved the format and balance of interactive learning and listening to/watching to the demonstrations. I learnt a lot today.

Two of these sessions included the Beginners Guide to Family History, with participants finding out about key concepts and strategies for answering common family history questions. The workshop shows you how to access key online family history resources for births, deaths and marriages, and shipping and passenger records. 

We look forward to delivering Collect Connect Community in 2020 - find the dates and booking details here.

The Legal, Drug and Alcohol Information Workshop builds the capacity of public library staff to answer enquiries about the law, drugs and alcohol. Catherine and Andrea travel to libraries across the state to deliver the training.

We delivered 18 sessions this year, to 165 participants. Feedback included:

  • Information is power!
  • The amount of helpful material on the websites is wonderful! There is a wealth of great information for clients to access.

indyreads training

The State Library of NSW is currently rolling out the indyreads eContent management platform to the NSW public library network. This platform enables public libraries to provide free access to eBooks and eAudio. Indyreads training is being rolled out to configured libraries over the next few months.  

Two training sessions have been delivered so far, with six more before the end of the year and more in 2020.

Feedback included:

  • I came in knowing nothing about indyreads and now feel very informed
  • indyreads is an exciting addition to the eBook landscape
  • Looking forward to seeing indyreads enthusiastically embraced by our patrons. 

See the range of professional development courses offered by the State Library.

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