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Continuing Education for Library Employees

STAR Continuing Education Programs  |  Online Courses and Training

STAR Continuing Education Programs

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library are pleased to present the following STAR (Statewide • Targeted • Affordable • Relevant) Continuing Education programs for Fiscal Year 2015. While each program is different, all programs are offered statewide at low or no cost, with attention to the highest quality content. All programs are rooted in Secretary White's philosophy of strengthening resource sharing and cooperation among Illinois libraries, and are established by the State Library Act [15 ILCS 320/7(o)].

ILEAD USA: Illinois Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover

ILEAD USA: Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover is an immersion continuing education program that combines social technologies and leadership training for the purpose of heightening awareness of library services and providing opportunities to collaborate on innovative projects that address community needs.

On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference

The purpose of this three day conference is to equip and enlighten frontline staff persons with training, exposure, the latest technology tools, and techniques that will enable them to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their community. Keynote and concurrent sessions will address topics to help frontline staff serve and engage their communities within the framework of our multitype library system.

Statewide Public Library Management Institute

The Statewide Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI), held annually as a weeklong Institute, has the following mission: 1) to provide public library administrators with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities; and 2) to provide public library administrators with the skills they need to better serve their constituents. Topics range from legal and budgeting issues to policy development, programs, disaster planning, building safety, leadership, customer service, and personnel. Opportunities for networking, teambuilding, and informal discussions provide the platform for intensive work and professional growth.

Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative

Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative is the statewide library community's proactive movement to recruit and nurture a diverse group of future Illinois library leaders. Synergy objectives include self-assessment; discovering and developing personal values; identifying the local, state and global environment; fostering and expanding skills and tools for personal, professional and positional leadership; creating a cohort group; establishing mentoring relationships; and developing a vision of and beyond the field of librarianship.

Online Courses and Training

Public Library Director 101 Series

Produced through COSLA's (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) Continuing Education Connector Project, the Public Library Director 101 Series features four free, on-demand webinar recordings that introduce the many and unique facets of public library directorship to persons who are new to the position or who are considering stepping into that role. The video training series includes a learner guide and resources for each module.


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Through the Skillport learning management system, registered users can manage and record their use of 450 online self-paced courses and over 4,000 short instructional videos. Course offerings cover a variety of topics, including communication and interpersonal skills, customer service, desktop software skills, leadership, management, and information technology.

Webjunction Online Courses and Webinars

OCLC Webjunction offers library-specific self-paced courses, webinar archives, and other great learning materials. Certificates of Completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements. WebJunction’s catalog of courses and webinar archives on library topics is now open to all library workers and volunteers nationwide.