Three eCourses to Improve Your Skills Start Soon

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) announces the start of 3 six-week eCourses: Current Issues, Budget & Finance, and Politics & Partnerships. The asynchronous sessions cost $300 each. To register, visit the HRDR course offerings website.

The first eCourse, Current Issues, which will be facilitated by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, begins Monday, August 7 and ends September 17, 2017.

Learning Objectives:

With the knowledge gained from this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Identify major current issues in public library management,
  • Identify how general political, economic or social trends related to identified topics might affect your library management possibilities,
  • Analyze an issue in depth, incorporating information gleaned from all relevant sources, and document how the issue could impact strategic planning, services, policies, resource allocation, or collection management in your library or institution, and
  • Develop and defend recommendations for how an issue might be addressed and resolved in order to match both your library and your community needs while initiating elements of change management techniques.

The second eCourse, Budget and Finance, which will be facilitated by John Moorman, also begins Monday, August 7 and ends September 17, 2017.

Learning Objectives

With the knowledge gained from this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between budgeting and overall planning for your library’s/organization’s goals and objectives,
  • Develop a program budget based on a line-item budget (convert a line-item budget to a program budget),
  • Perform cost/benefit analysis for specific library services or programs,
  • Develop performance measures and operations indicators for specific library functions,
  • Identify and evaluate the feasibility of using various potential sources of funding for major capital projects,
  • Present a program/service budget plan or a capital budget plan to the library’s governing authority or general government administrator, and
  • Understand and monitor performance related to investment of public funds.

The third eCourse, Politics and Partnerships, which will be facilitated by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, begins Monday, August 21 and ends October 1, 2017.

Learning Objectives:

With the knowledge gained from this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Identify social/political/economic issues that may affect the library, the populations it services, or its services,
  • 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, and
  • Lobby for federal, state, and local initiatives that support the library’s vision, mission, and goals.

For more details on any of these courses or to register, visit the HRDR course offerings website.  For specific questions regarding the courses, contact Pam Akins.