General Resources

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Competency Index for the Library Field

library_core_competency_coverAn 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)


computersLibrary Creation & Learning Centers

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.

Reference Materials

Recommended Reference Collection for Libraries

(By the North Central District Library Reference Staff)

Programming for Libraries

Programming Librarian
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.

Pennsylvania Library Accounting Manual

Pennsylvania Public Library Accounting Manual
Prepared by: McKonly & Asbury, LLP Certified Public Accountants Camp Hill, PA

Useful Sites for Public Libraries

Professional Organizations