Service is the heart of libraries. This class will help you create the best possible array of services for your particular community.
You will learn how to assess your users’ needs, evaluate outreach opportunities, and leverage resources to provide superior service at your library. Explore, customer service, programming, reference fundamentals, and using technology to enhance services.
At a glance
Due to the high enrollment numbers for this course, at this time registration is only open to Wisconsin public library directors who need this class for certification. If you are a WI director who needs to register, please email Anna Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org or Meredith Lowe, email@example.com.
Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins
This course is part of the Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification program.
This course is eligible for the Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification Course Scholarship.
- Community and user needs assessment
- Outreach to the community and community building
- Customer service
- Readers’ advisory
- Reference interview
- Searching and research strategies
- Evaluating resources
- Legal/ethical issues in reference
- Training for staff and patrons to use resources
- Technology and physical space in service
- Networking with other institutions and professional allies
Each week, you will be required to listen/read lectures, read/review resources, and participate actively in online discussions. There will be regularly scheduled assignments. The course is designed with working people in mind and assignments will be relevant and practical.
Meredith Lowe and Anna Palmer are graduates of and now work at the UW-Madison Information School. They have worked in public services at public and academic libraries and taught a variety of online courses for librarians.