Carla is beloved by patrons at her library. As the new library director, she leads monthly meetings for key community members, networks with local business leaders, and responds personally to patron concerns – promptly. And even though she only has a few reference desk rotations a month, people ask for her, because they know she will provide great service…and know where to find what they need. But Carla is concerned about keeping her knowledge and skills fresh – whether it’s about new collection development strategies or upcoming IT advancements that will affect how the library leverages its MARC records. She recently hit the 15-year anniversary of library school graduation, and she’d like to be sure she has all the knowledge she needs to keep her library as a vital community resource…and continue her career advancement.
Library directors who want to avoid the “cobblers’ children” syndrome (failing to support their own learning and development because they’re focused on supporting others’) can do so easily, with resources we’ve pulled together to meet you and your colleagues’ needs.
Make your library a nurturing, supportive environment for yourself and all library staff with authoritative professional development eBooks that inform and inspire. We’ve bundled more than 100 eBooks into collections based on the five areas of the Competency Index 2014, compiled by WebJunction and endorsed by the American Library Association:
- Essential Library
- Library Collection
- Library Management
- Public Services Technology
- Systems and IT
You’ll find essential titles from leading publishers such as Chandos Publishing, Information Today, Libraries Unlimited, Linworth and Wiley, and delivered through the search-optimized and award-winning GVRL eBook platform, including:
- The Teaching Librarian
- The Metadata Manual
- The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation
- Library Project Funding
- Intellectual Property
- Librarianship and Human Rights
- A Short-Cut to Marketing the Library
For those interested in a deeper dive and a richer learning experience, choose Gale Courses, which help sharpen basic business skills and support grant-writing expertise. Finding additional sources of funding is one of the top five biggest challenges facing libraries today, so grant writing is a skill every librarian can benefit from. Gale Courses give staff the tools they need to continue delivering the best possible content, programs, and services to their increasingly diverse communities.
And…if you want to gain intelligences, prioritize improvements, and measure performance, we can help you with that, too. Now you can quickly integrate your library’s data—from ILS and other systems— with powerful demographics data to help drive targeted result-oriented campaigns that make an impact on your community with Analytics On Demand, only from Gale.
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