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An updated edition of the WebJunction compilation of competency statements that address a broad spectrum of library service and practice. Call it an index, a guide, a dictionary, a menu of competencies. The purpose of this compilation of competency statements for library practice is to help libraries build the foundation of competencies that will help them to develop staff skills and knowledge and ultimately to help meet the needs of the community. Core competencies covered include: Library Management, Personal & Interpersonal, Public Services, Technical Services, Technology: Core Technology, Technology (Systems & IT)
Information, courses and resources for staff training at public libraries and training materials for public classes. All of the materials on the site are available for download, and are Creative Commons licensed. Please feel free to use, reproduce, and adapt any of these materials for your library programs.
Recommended Reference Collection for Libraries
(By the North Central District Library Reference Staff)
Programming for Libraries
An online resource to assist libraries of all types and sizes in creating cultural and community programs. Includes a resource library, live learning opportunities and a blog to keep librarians informed of upcoming opportunities and provide inspiration for new library programs.
Creative Software Products for Libraries
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Whether you have resources to give or solutions you need, TechSoup facilitates the exchange. A trusted partner for nearly three decades, TechSoup provides both the digital platforms and in-person experiences that enable people to work together toward a more equitable world.
Useful Sites for Public Libraries
- Book Sale Finder
- Commonwealth Libraries – (The Office of Commonwealth Libraries)
- CREW – A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries
Available as a download in PDF format. From the Continuing Education Department of the of Texas State Library and Archives Commission
- E-rate in Pennsylvania
- GuideStar ( National Database of Nonprofit Organizations)
- Library of Congress Online Catalog
- National Center for Education Statistics – Compiles library statistics for libraries around the United States
- On-Line Nonprofit Organization and Management Development Program (Free to individuals)
- Workforce Information – (a list of publications relevant to Workforce Information)
- American Library Association
Friends of Libraries U.S.A. and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) joined forces to become an expanded division of ALA known as ALTAFF, the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations. Through this partnership, ALTAFF unites libraries’ voices to speak out on behalf of library services and free public access to information.
- PaLA – Pennsylvania Library Association
- PANO – Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations
- Public Library Association