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A-Z Training for Your Library Team

A-Z 2020 begins Wednesday, September 25. The eight programs in the 2020 series are each an hour in length and designed for library specialists in all types and sizes of libraries. All webinars in the A-Z series are updated annually and provide participants with a rich, visual PowerPoint and a presentation handout for libraries to personalize to meet their needs.

September 25 | 1 – 2pm | Register
The Big Picture: Crucial Roles for Library Specialists in 2020

TLA’s first 2020 A-Z webinar is an overview of the range of libraries, services, various roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for specialists in today’s and tomorrow’s libraries. Content includes an overview of 21st century libraries and information centers; what it means to join a profession and work as a professional as well as an overview of the governing principles and values and how those professional principles and values are applied to the workplace.

Future workshops (typically one per month) include:

  • Supervising, Managing, and Leading for Library Specialists
  • Communication in the Workplace
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations
  • Children’s Services for Library Specialists
  • Collection Development for Library Specialists
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Keeping Up with Trends

A-Z: Essential Training for Your Library Team is a comprehensive program which explores the roles and responsibilities for library staff, including new librarians, library assistants, library clerks, prospective librarians, etc. These sessions include a broad overview of institutions as well as the basic processes, with particular attention to the key job functions, governing principles, and the tenets of professionalism for all library staff, including ethical work practices (such as confidentiality, privacy, and documentation).

Handouts include seminar content (including slides), as well as recommendations on how to integrate the A-Z training in staff orientations and suggestions for additional resources or online training. Past programs are always available for purchase in archived form – a participant may watch the recorded version, then pass a short quiz for full credit. All sessions carry 1 hour of continuing education credit from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the State Board of Educator Certification (provider #500383).

Participants who take three core classes and two electives will receive a special certificate in Library Specialist Training.

About the Instructor: Julie Todaro is a nationally-known speaker on library management and leadership. She is a past president of the Texas Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, and is a past president of the American Library Association. She co-chaired the national summit on Libraries of the Future. She has written several books, most lately Library Management for the Digital Age: A New Paradigm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).


Individual TLA Member Individual Non-Member Group Rate (unlimited staff)
FREE $25 per webinar $500 for entire series*

*The group rate allows an unlimited number of staff registrations for the entire 15-month series for a flat fee of $500. Group registrations must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the webinar to Mary Seaman.

Payment may be made by check or credit card. Purchase orders are only accepted from TLA Institutional Members.

Is the group rate per webinar, or for all the webinars in the series?

The group rate is for the entire 16-webinar entire series. For $500, your entire staff can participate in all 16 webinars for no additional charge. Please keep in mind that all webinars are recorded, so employees can view them on demand after the original presentation.

If I’m in a larger district, can I include staff from other libraries in my district in my group rate?

This question usually applies to school districts or community college districts. It depends on how your budget is done. If you function as a branch library under one large budget, then yes, you may use the group rate for staff from all over your district. If you function as an independent library that happens to be allied with others, as in a consortium, then each library would pay a separate group rate for its own employees.

If I use the group rate, how do I register my staff for the program?

Individual registration uses the web site, but group registration is done with assistance from TLA staff. Registration Coordinator Mary Seaman (512.328.1518 x153) can help you create a spreadsheet with the needed information, which he will then add to our system.

Is attendance limited to library support staff?

No, anyone can sign up for these webinars. They are primarily aimed at employees who do not have a library degree, and who are not in specifically named “librarian” positions. Examples will be drawn from support staff duties, but some of the webinars are general (such as “Working With Volunteers”). Again, if you use the group rate for a given webinar, any number of staff may attend that program.

Can I pay for all the registrations at once?

Yes, contact Mary Seaman at the TLA office, 512.328.1518 x153. Invoices are available on request. Payment can be made by credit card, by check, or by electronic check.

Can P.O.s (Purchase Orders) be used to pay for the webinars?

The P.O. option is open only to TLA Institutional members. If you are not sure whether your library is an institutional member, contact Kelly Dibbens, TLA Membership & Special Services Coordinator, 512.328.1518 x153.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes, all webinars will be recorded. A link to the recording will be sent to everyone who registers, along with other class materials. If someone is unable to attend the live presentation, they can still get full Continuing Education credit for the webinar by answering a short quiz within the year (if the recording is watched as a group in a classroom, a sign-in sheet can take the place of the quizzes).

Can staff attend the webinars at their individual computers, or do they have to all be in one location?

Participants can attend the online programs from their individual desktops, or if they wish, they can also participate from one location such as a classroom. If the latter, we request that everyone sign in on a piece of paper, which can then be mailed to TLA (or scanned and sent to TLA electronically). Either method of participation works.

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