Fundamentals of Librarianship is designed as a very basic overview for new library staff who may be entering the field without much formal training, or for staff with graduate degrees in library science who may need a refresher.  The  purpose of this course is to assure all library staff have the essential information about librarianship to enable them to provide ethical, legal, and useful library services to their community.  

For those that possess this basic knowledge already, the course is designed for participants to gain credit for their knowledge by taking an assessment quiz for each section.

This course design is based on the American Library Association's Core Competences of Librarianship (2009)

Some of the course content is taken from the Maine State Library's Niche Academy resources (this repurposed content was used with permission from Stephanie Zurinski of the Maine State Library).  

Please note any restrictions on materials linked or embedded in this course.  For material not specifically noted with copyright limitations, Creative Commons 0 applies - no limitations CC0. 

This space is designated for access to resources for libraries to explore and plan for disaster preparedness.  At a minimum, libraries should have a designated plan for how to manage an orderly evacuation of their building, and a one-page plan for response to common emergencies that occur in Montana:  floods, weather events, fire, earthquakes, violence, hazardous materials, long term power outage.  

A disaster is any time that local response resources are overwhelmed and normal response and assistance may be reduced or delayed.  These events call for extra assistance from non-responding agencies like libraries or may require for library staff to manage an initial response without help from EMS, the fire department or police.  

In this space, find resources for creating a one-page pocket-sized disaster response plan, links to resources in the state and nation for further study, how to attain a free first aid kit for your library, and information to help Montana communities build resiliency before a disaster and manage a quick and successful recovery after an event.  Once enrolled in this course, Montana library staff and trustees may access these resources anytime.  

Make suggestions to add to this course by contacting any MT State Library consulting staff.  

This course consists of 12 recorded videos.  Each video is an introduction to a different aspect of the Montana State Library and a different member of the MSL staff.  Together, these short videos provide an orientation to the work of the MSL.  View them in total here and complete the assignments to earn 8 CE credits total, or claim credits for individual videos (worth 6 total) in ASPeN.  Either way, you must enter your credits in ASPeN separately from taking this self-directed course.  If you are claiming the full 8 credits, find the event listed in ASPeN for March 7,2022 in the category of library administration.  

Videos will continue to be added here through completion of this series March 2022.

  • October 18   Bryce Maxell - Natural Heritage Program & the Montana Field Guide 
  • October 25   Jo Flick - Continuing education, certification & our new Moodle course management system
  • November 1  Jim Kammerer – State Publications 
  • November  15  NO WEBINAR SCHEDULED (Fall Workshops)  
  • November 29  Cara Orban – Statewide Projects 
  • December 13  Erin Fashoway - GIS  
  • December 27 NO WEBINAR SCHEDULED (Holiday) 
  • January 10  Jennifer Birnel - Montana Memory Project 
  • January 24  Tracy Cook - Consulting  and public library standards  
  • February 7 –Marilyn Bennett - Digital Resources & Talking Book Library 
  • February 21  Amelea Kim, Lifelong Learning 
  • March  7  Jennie Stapp – the MSL Commission authority and governance