Because library services and resources can change rapidly, ongoing training is an important aspect of library operations. Training can be a particular challenge at large, multi-branch library systems, because it can be difficult to ensure all staff are able to receive the relevant information.
Written for library managers and training leaders, A Complete Guide to Training Library Staff presents a comprehensive lifecycle for staff development with a focus on tools and techniques to build a sustainable training program, setting staff up for success in their positions, and developing a positive and supportive community across the library. Authors Emily Leachman and A. Garrison Libby spearheaded their library’s movement to largely online trainings, which are inclusive of staff at all branch locations.
This practical guidebook helps managers and trainers develop a comprehensive plan that allows new staff to quickly become acquainted with the operations of the library, provides ongoing training to make staff aware of new procedures and services, and creates a collaborative and supportive training environment to empower staff to learn and lead.
- Learn the benefits of making training a major component of staff development
- Understand how to develop a "life-cycle" for staff training, carrying employees through their entire duration of employment
- Learn how training can be used to foster community among staff
- Use the book à la carte, determining which components of a training program are most needed at readers' institutions