Upcoming Courses

hrdrlogo2The Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is a continuing education provider for the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program. Our courses are also open to professionals regardless of whether they are seeking certification or not. HRDR will be offering the following courses:

Current Issues | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates: January 9 – February 19, 2017
Instructor: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
Times: This will be an online, asynchronous course, with access to recordings.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern)
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week.
  • Class materials, once released, will remain available throughout the duration of the course.

Course Description: To familiarize participants about international, national, state, and local issues, trends, legislation and demographics affecting their community and their staff. Featuring discussions on current library management issues, case studies, and assignments, in which students will apply what they have learned to their own library. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and effectively respond to current issues or trends and those coming down the road that may affect public library management.

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org

 

Budgeting and Finance | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates: February 6 – March 19, 2017, 2016
Instructor: John Moorman
Times: This will be an online, asynchronous course with access to recordings.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern)
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week.
  • Class materials, once released, will remain available throughout the duration of the course.

Course Description: To familiarize the student with the basic principles of library financial administration, including budgeting and planning within the mission and goals of the organization. Upon completion of the course the student will understand and be able to construct program, line item and capital budgets, understand the methodology involved in cost/benefit analysis, be able to read and decipher library financial and auditing documents, and work with library accounting personnel. Topics include line item, program, and capital budgets, cost benefit analysis, capital projects, and fiduciary responsibilities of individuals and entities having responsibilities for financial administration in the library. The use of Microsoft Excel at a basic level is assumed and will be needed for several class assignments.

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org

 

Management of Technology | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates: February 6 – March 19, 2017
Instructor: Carson Block
Times: Online asynchronous sessions with access to recordings.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays.
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week as well as occasional live sessions in which the instructor will address specific questions and conte xtx from the participants regarding the course material
  • A link to a recording of each session will be made available to the students shortly after each session concludes

Course Description: This course puts the full power of information technology into the hands of library managers and leaders. You’ll start with a clear vision and an understanding of technology policy.  Next, you’ll consider the nuts and bolts of managing technology.  Technology planning is next followed by technology implementation, and finally, evaluation. The course is presented in plain language with many concrete examples and exercises. Topics include: connecting your library’s goals to technological possibilities, monitoring and administrating technology budgets, assessing resources, drawing a line between efforts and impacts, evaluating those efforts and making course corrections, and understanding and using emerging technologies. You will assemble your own Technology Planning Kit, which will help you create your own library technology plan. Course tools include spreadsheet and tally sheet templates for you to download to evaluate budgets, inventory populations served and electronic services provided, inventory hardware and software, and calculate the relationship between the cost and value of a technology investment.

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org  

 

Politics and Partnerships | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates: February 20 – April 2, 2017
Instructor: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
Times: Online, asynchronous course, with access to recordings.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern)
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week.
  • Class materials, once released, will remain available throughout the duration of the course.
  • Supplemental material will be required reading each week and an assignment will be due by each Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Course Description: To provide students with the ability to identify social/political/economic issues that may affect the library, the populations it services, or its services. Students will be able to develop relationships with people who can exercise influence in federal, state, or local decisions. Understand the role of and work effectively with key constituents, the library board and library friends and/or foundation. Work effectively with the media. Lobby for federal, state, and local initiatives that support the library’s vision, mission, and goals.

 

Library Marketing  | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates: February 20 – April 2, 2017
Instructor:  Rebecca McFarland
Times: Online, asynchronous course, with access to recordings.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern)
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week.
  • Class materials, once released, will remain available throughout the duration of the course.
  • Supplemental material will be required reading each week and an assignment will be due by each Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Course Description: To provide students with an introduction to basic marketing management and how these principles apply in a public library setting. Topics included are: understanding marketing management, internal and external audits, analyzing marketing opportunities, developing marketing strategies, shaping the marketing product and managing and delivering marketing programs. Upon completion of the course the individual is expected to know the key components of strategic marketing plans. The individual will be familiar with defining markets, adapting markets, building customer satisfaction, mission and vision statements, marketing research methodologies, environmental scanning, defining target markets and diverse patron populations, segmentation, implementation of services, public relations tools, and evaluating marketing and service results.

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org

 

Fundraising/Grantsmanship | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates:  March 6 – April 16, 2017
Instructor: Jason Kovac
Times: Online, asynchronous with access to recordings and podcasts to enhance course delivery.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays.
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week as well as occasional live sessions in which the instructor will address specific questions and context from the participants regarding the course material
  • A link to a recording of each session will be made available to the students shortly after each session concludes

Course Description: This course will take students through an intensive introduction in the following:

  • how to perform community needs analysis;
  • how to develop and align strategies with identified needs
  • how to identify and build relationships with potential community partners and local/national granting agencies that can offer support to your vision; and
  • how to use fundraising as a way to engage your community with your organizational mission while building resources for continued success

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org

 

Planning & Management of Library Buildings | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates:  April 3 – May 14, 2017
Instructor: John Moorman
Times: Online, asynchronous with access to recordings and podcasts to enhance course delivery.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays.
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week as well as occasional live sessions in which the instructor will address specific questions and context from the participants regarding the course material
  • A link to a recording of each session will be made available to the students shortly after each session concludes

Course Description: To familiarize the student with the basic principles of building planning and management. Topics included are building maintenance and operational procedures, capital and facility development plans, life and safety issues in building operation and planning, technology planning, and post-occupancy evaluation. Upon completion the student will be able to employ effective building maintenance and operation procedures, understand and prepare capital improvement and facility development plans, list procedures used in employing architectural, engineering, and consultant assistance in building maintenance and development programs, describe the planning and construction processes for new or renovated facilities, list issues involved in building operation and planning, and describe post-occupancy evaluation procedures.

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org

 

Politics and Partnerships | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates: June 26- August 6, 2017
Instructor: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
Times: Online, asynchronous course, with access to recordings.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern)
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week.
  • Class materials, once released, will remain available throughout the duration of the course.
  • Supplemental material will be required reading each week and an assignment will be due by each Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Course Description: To provide students with the ability to identify social/political/economic issues that may affect the library, the populations it services, or its services. Students will be able to develop relationships with people who can exercise influence in federal, state, or local decisions. Understand the role of and work effectively with key constituents, the library board and library friends and/or foundation. Work effectively with the media. Lobby for federal, state, and local initiatives that support the library’s vision, mission, and goals.

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org

 

Budgeting and Finance | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates: August 7 – September 17, 2017, 2016
Instructor: John Moorman
Times: This will be an online, asynchronous course with access to recordings.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern)
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week.
  • Class materials, once released, will remain available throughout the duration of the course.

Course Description: To familiarize the student with the basic principles of library financial administration, including budgeting and planning within the mission and goals of the organization. Upon completion of the course the student will understand and be able to construct program, line item and capital budgets, understand the methodology involved in cost/benefit analysis, be able to read and decipher library financial and auditing documents, and work with library accounting personnel. Topics include line item, program, and capital budgets, cost benefit analysis, capital projects, and fiduciary responsibilities of individuals and entities having responsibilities for financial administration in the library. The use of Microsoft Excel at a basic level is assumed and will be needed for several class assignments.

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org

 

Organization and Personnel Administration | Cost: $350 | REGISTER

Dates: September 18, 2017
Instructor: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
Times: Online, asynchronous course, with access to recordings.

  • Sessions and materials will be made available on six sequential Mondays at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern)
  • There will be a recorded lecture each week.
  • Class materials, once released, will remain available throughout the duration of the course.
  • Supplemental material will also be required reading each week and an assignment will be by each Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Course Description:

Someone once said, managers solve today’s problems, administrators solve tomorrow’s. Whether you are new to an administrative position or you aspire to obtain one, this course will prepare you for the wide ranging privileges and responsibilities of top level leadership. How you lead people is key to your success. With structure supporting you and the goal of a successful team guiding you, you can master Organization and Personnel Administration. Course topics will include: Understanding funding and budgeting; evaluating staffing needs; recruiting, interviewing and hiring; supervising, motivating and developing staff; evaluating performance; identifying training needs; terminating staff; evaluating the effectiveness of the organizational structure and its policies. Students will select a Case Study library to study and, throughout the course, will develop six individual reports studying the library’s organization and personnel administration policies and practices.

Technology Requirements: Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins, pakins@ala.org