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  • General

  • Foundations of the Profession

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  • Information Resources

    Librarians must understand the "concepts and issues related to the lifecycle of recorded knowledge and information..." -ALA Competences 2A (2009).  In this section, participants will explore the basics of collection management, including the tenet of intellectual freedom in the selection of materials, the collection development cycle and how your collection should be addressing your community's needs.  

  • Organization of Recorded Knowledge & Information

    Librarians must understand the systems used to catalog, describe and classify recorded knowledge and information.  This organization also functions as a management tool to cull outdated materials and acquire new content. 

  • Technological Knowledge & Skills

    Libraries offer a wide variety of technologies to their patrons; there is no single group of technologies that all libraries provide and often wide differences between neighboring libraries on what is offered. Some libraries offer assistive technology for those patrons that may suffer from disabilities, some libraries provide Internet access and assistance to job seekers and entrepreneurs, some provide access to professional recording studios or video equipment, others allow patrons to sign out tablets and hotspots so they can access technology from home or anywhere.  Most libraries have automated online patron access catalogs (OPACs) and digital collections of books, audiobooks and local historic documents.  The underlying concept that libraries provide fair access to information services sufficient to meet a community's needs is at the root of the technologies that a library chooses to utilize and offer.  

  • Reference & User Services

    A key role of the librarian is to provide information to patrons.  This might involve everything  finding a phone number or directing a patron on how to apply for a college loan to assisting a researcher in attaining a copy of pages from an archived diary in the collection of a library on the other side of the globe.  Important to this role is the reference interview: a process that librarians use to help understand a patrons needs and direct them to the appropriate resources. Librarians are expected to assess the needs of the community they serve and to adapt services to meet those evolving needs, designing and implementing services for underserved persons.  

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  • Research

    Libraries play an essential role in promoting and supporting research.  Directly, librarians assist researchers in the process of discovering relevant information to their topic.  Indirectly, librarians promote a community of inquiry that is based in sound research methods.  
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  • Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning

    A librarian must participate in continual professional development throughout their career.  Libraries are pantheons of learning for their communities:  promoting lifelong learning for patrons by providing resources and programs.  

  • Administration & Management

    Public libraries, as organizations, are unique. They are quasi-government organizations in that they usually receive a good portion of their funding from the city or county where they are located and they are often subject to the operational rules of their municipality.  But, public libraries have a governing board that is independent of the municipality.  So,  public library directors may be considered a department head in a county or city, but they also report to their own board of trustees.  This section introduces the very basics of library administration and directors are encouraged to further their learning to explore more detail.  

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