Beaumont Library District Speaks Out About Career Online High School

Lucy Sims, the adult literacy services manager for the Beaumont Library District, explains how the Career Online High School program is designed to help residents who want to go further in life get their high school diploma. Watch the K-Frog interview to hear the value of the program, working with Gale, and success stories of two … Read more

Pikes Peak Library District Honors First Group of Career Online High School Graduates

| Originally posted on the Pikes Peak Library District website | When she was in 9th grade, Crystal Reavis dropped out of high school. Now a married mother of two, Reavis is part of the first group of graduates from Pikes Peak Library District’s Career Online High School program. A graduation ceremony will be held from 6 – 8:30 … Read more

Gale Celebrates Career Technical Education Month with New GVRL Collections

| By Nicole Albrecht | In today’s economy, challenging and high-skill employment opportunities are in demand, and secondary schools are striving to fill those opportunities with well-trained, motivated, and “career-ready” students. Through Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers and programs, high schools across America prepare their students for future careers through the framework and study … Read more

Douglas County Libraries Offer High School Diploma Program

| Originally published by Castle Rock News-Press | Wendy Wilson, 24, has worked hard to achieve a career in retail sales, working at various outlets in the Lone Tree area. But, she said, she’s hiding a secret. “I never graduated from high school,” Wilson said. “I’ve done OK just by working hard and being a good … Read more

Kansas City Offers Adults the Opportunity to Earn their High School Diploma

| Originally posted on kshb.com | Like many parents, Tierra Lewis helps her children with their homework after school. A year-and-a-half ago Lewis started doing her own homework alongside them. “Sometimes they play the teacher and I’ll be the student and then I’m the teacher and they are the student so we kind of think of different … Read more

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