Continuing Education Services and Grants
Definition of Service
SCKLS member librarians, trustees, Friends, and volunteers can attend or schedule a wide range of workshops and training programs. Workshops are offered on a variety of topics and in locations throughout the region, and member library employees are encouraged to request training to suit their continuing education needs. New librarians receive an on-site orientation to SCKLS services from the Continuing Education Specialist or Youth and School Services Consultant. The Director provides orientation and training for new public library trustees. Staff provide additional training in their areas of expertise as requested. Annual SCKLS continuing education programs include the following:
- Public Library Budget
- Summer Reading Program
- Technology Training
- Quarterly Basic Skills (BLaST)
- Book Repair
To encourage participation in continuing education activities other than those offered by SCKLS, Continuing Education Reimbursement Grants of up to $750 per member librarian, trustee, or Friend per year help pay registration and tuition costs. Eligibility for the grant program is open to all member libraries subject to the grant guidelines.
Staff and Resources
A three-fourths-time Continuing Education Specialist as well as SCKLS staff are responsible for development and implementation of the continuing education program and other training events. The Continuing Education Specialist administers Continuing Education Reimbursement and Programming/Project Grants. A Professional Collection is maintained and available for circulation or by interlibrary loan. Videos of training material are also available at the SCKLS YouTube channel
To encourage participation in continuing education activities other than those offered by SCKLS, Continuing Education Reimbursement Grants of up to $750 per member librarian, trustee, or friend per year help pay registration and tuition costs. Eligibility for the program is open to all member libraries subject to grant guidelines.
SCKLS fosters a culture of continuous learning. SCKLS monitors the continuing education needs of member libraries and, when appropriate, develops programs to meet those needs. SCKLS encourages and supports participation in continuing education programs offered for public, academic, school, and special library members as well as those for public library trustees and Friends of libraries. Member libraries with specialized training needs should contact the CE Specialist at least 60 days in advance of the needed group training.
Library staff, trustees, friends, and volunteers are encouraged to request and participate in continuing education activities offered through SCKLS, online offerings, and other vendors and sponsors. The SCKLS CE Grant Reimbursement Program
supports member library training through non-SCKLS vendors and sponsors. The primary source for SCKLS CE training session information is a calendar of events and registration details available at the SCKLS website: www.sckls.info
. Paid training time by library employees is encouraged by SCKLS.