05 April 2007

Library Assistant/Technician Training Program Offered

Library Assistant/Technician Training Program
One-Week Course
June 11 - 16, 2007

This certificate, non-credit program is sponsored by NYLA in cooperation with Schenectady County Community College. It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate from SCCC, the individual must take all four courses.

(This program subsidized by a grant from NYS Senator Hugh Farley.)

Introduction: Monday, June 11, 6pm - 9pmThis course introduces students who plan to work or are currently working in libraries to various aspects of library work. Attention is given to the development of libraries so that the student may be aware of what a library is, how it has evolved, and what types are found today. The current employment situation is also discussed.

Public/Circulation Services: Tuesday, June 12, 6pm - 9pm; and Thursday, June 14, 6pm - 9pmAn introduction to public services in libraries. This section covers circulation services and systems, reserve and special collections, shelving and stack maintenance, customer service, public relations, confidentiality, and security.

Technical Services: Wednesday, June 13, 6pm - 9pm; and Saturday, June 16, 9am - NoonAn overview of the technical processing services that are carried out in libraries. Students will be introduced to the procedures required to acquire, catalog, process, and preserve materials in all formats.

Reference: Saturday, June 16, 1pm - 4pmAn introduction to reference and information services in libraries. Topics include the organization of information, the reference question, and search strategies. Electronic reference products, trends in reference work, library/bibliographic instruction, information literacy, and types of reference materials are discussed.

Register online between April 4 - May 31 at http://www.sunysccc.edu/, or call Schenectady County Community College at 518-381-1315. A full brochure about this program can be found here.

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