Gwinnett County Public Library Helps Adults Achieve High School Diploma

| Originally published in the Gwinnett Daily Post by Cailin O’Brien | This past week, eight adults donned caps and robes for the first time and arrived at the Lilburn branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library to receive their high school diplomas. “They were certainly thrilled to have their families there cheering them on,” … Read more

The Pueblo City-County Library District Offers Adults a Second Chance

| Originally posted on The Pueblo Chieftain | The Pueblo City-County Library District offers Career Online High School, an online high school diploma and career certification program. The program is funded by PCCLD in partnership with Colorado State Library and Gale, a Cengage Company. The program is open to residents of Pueblo County who have … Read more

Stepping Up Career Development at Your Library

| By Mary Kelly |

Just recently I had an age crisis at work. A young teen girl asked to borrow the phone on my desk. I pushed the desk phone toward her and said “sure, help yourself, dial 8 to get an outside line.” She stared at me and asked for a “real phone” since she didn’t know how to work those desk phones. I actually had to teach someone how to use a regular desktop phone. This was a first for me, as a librarian. This young teen had never used a traditional phone. In her world, the only kind of phone is a smartphone.

As I am chewing on this little fact, I realize that in my library career of nearly 20 years, I have seen an insane amount of change in technology. It really doesn’t seem all that long ago that computers were a “new” tool in libraries. I remember teaching my first computer class for library patrons and we had standing room only. Without a doubt, computers were an integral part of our daily practice as librarians.

Even as late as 2009 and 2010, my partner and I were regularly presenting a program to other librarians called “Tech Support is Reference” through conferences and other library training. The message of this program was that librarians had a duty to assist patrons regardless of what kind of questions they asked. At the time, there was significant resistance in the profession to assist patrons who asked “tech support” type questions. More than one library professional thought computers would ruin library reference service. (Part of me wants to be petty and say “I told you so” to those librarians who all but accused me of ruining the profession. Luckily, this is published on a website and since they hated computers so much, they will probably not notice my remark.)

The modern library professional isn’t going to last long in a library setting if they don’t embrace change in a very real way. Not only must librarians be knowledgeable, but we also must be able to communicate that knowledge through a variety of mediums. The implication is huge.  It is expected that a modern librarian will be knowledgeable about technology and that we be able to fashion that knowledge into usable content for a variety of learning styles. Regular and consistent training on new technologies, emerging topics and other subjects need to be ingrained as a regular part of the job. Combined with limited budgets and time for professional development means that most of us will have to do this without support.

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Fountaindale Public Library Honors Second Graduating Class

| Originally posted on The Herald News | On Aug. 6, Fountaindale Public Library District celebrated its second Career Online High School graduates in a ceremony featuring state Reps John Connor, D-Romeoville, and Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, as well as other community leaders and distinguished guests. These nine graduates are the second class of students to receive their … Read more

Norfolk Public Library Offers Adults a Second Chance

| Originally Posted on 13 News Now | NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — Norfolk Public Library is now offering a free program that will help adults age 20 and over earn a high school diploma for free. Kelly Straub, the spokesperson for the Norfolk Public Library, says currently more than 19,000 Norfolk residents over the age … Read more

Jon Hamm Brings New Learning Opportunities to St. Louis

| Originally published by Ladue News | Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Jon Hamm came to support his hometown library, St. Louis County Library, with back-to-back fundraising events on July 22. He began the day with a sold-out speaking engagement at the library’s Lindbergh headquarters, where the star of Mad Men talked with local novelist Curtis … Read more

Boulder Public Library Now Offers Accredited Diplomas to Adults

“At BoulderReads, we’re working with adult learners who want to enhance their education and enhance their job prospects,” — Shelley Sullivan, BoulderReads manager She said the online program is an accredited high school diploma that’s accepted at both community colleges and four-year colleges—something that’s not always the case for non-accredited diploma programs. Participants receive credit … Read more

St. Louis Libraries Now Offers Accredited Diplomas to Adults

The thousands of dollars that actor Jon Hamm will raise at a St. Louis County Library event next week will fund scholarships for an adult online high school in St. Louis. The St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library are following the lead of more than 100 major public libraries—including Kansas City, Los Angeles and … Read more

Honoring San Diego Public Library’s Largest Career Online High School Graduating Class

In May, the San Diego Public Library had a graduation ceremony honoring 18 adults who took a bold step to complete their high school education with Career Online High School. This is the largest graduating class since the program began in 2015, with 31 total graduates thus far and 39 currently enrolled. Part of the world’s first … Read more

Mesa County Libraries Offers High School Diplomas and Career Training for Adults

Mesa County Libraries offers adults an opportunity to earn high school diplomas while also receiving career training with Career Online High School. The program is designed to bring adults back into the education system and prepare them for additional career education or positions in the workforce. “Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement. By offering … Read more