The State Library has been busy moving. We are moving all of our continuing education resources and information to a new tab in WebJunction Kansas (WJ-KS). This new area is cleverly dubbed “Kansas Continuing Education.” Under the CE tab you’ll find:
- Reaching for Excellence: Certification Program for Kansas Library Administrators
- Core Competencies for Kansas Library Directors
- Merchandising and Marketing (our current library administration training)
- CE Courses & Programs
The Kansas Continuing Education tab was developed to support the State Library’s new approach to continuing education for librarians, which we call “Learning to Action.” The aim of this approach is to provide an overview of the topic, supported by one hour Wimba sessions which provide concrete examples. Participants are then asked to turn those workshop experiences into action at their library by creating a project that employs what they have learned. Those projects will be added to the documents and discussion areas of the Kansas Continuing Education tab to be shared by the WJ-KS community. Participants can earn 15 hours of continuing education credit by attending the ELMeR session, attending one of the two Wimba sessions, and by creating and posting a project related to the workshop presentations.
Merchandising and Marketing is our current Library Administration training package. The web page for this training includes three areas of content: an overview which describes our training focus and includes links to supporting WebJunction courses and resources, a document repository which includes documents and downloadables including participant projects, and a discussion board where anyone can post questions or share their ideas.
Resources already available for the Merchandising and Marketing training include Michele Leininger’s PowerPoint used at the ELMeR sessions that kicked off this training event, and the archives and additional resources linked to our two supporting Wimba sessions, “Why Do We Dewy?” and “Dazzling Displays and Rave Reviews.” The discussion board includes more merchandising and marketing ideas. (Note: You must be a WebJunction member and be logged in to post to the discussion board.) Each new library administration training event offered by the State Library will be supported by similar resources. Our next training event will feature library policies. Watch for details about this training this summer.
One more area under the CE tab is CE Courses & Programs where you will find resources developed for past training events, and publications which support continuing education and library development, such as the ADA Compliance Checklist, the Maintenance Checklist and Issues in Library Technology (a previous training event).
When you are looking for answers and information to help you with your library operations, technology, programming and more, we encourage you to visit the Kansas Continuing Education tab at WebJunction Kansas. Keep an eye on us and watch us grow!
Please send any questions you have about Kansas Continuing Education to Cindi Hickey, email@example.com or Shannon Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until Next Month…
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