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ABLE (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
The free, online Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program provides basic library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. Courses cover technical services, collection development, and reference.

SABLE (Idaho Commission for Library)
The free, online Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education (SABLE) program provides additional resources in library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. This program is a supplement to the ABLE courses; however, they are not tied to the completion of the ABLE courses and concentrate on serving youth.

Ohio Library Council Online Learning (Ohio Library Council)
Tutorials on library marketing, reference, and general library practices for new employees. While the tutorials include some Ohio-specific content, they are general enough for use anywhere.


Tech Training for Libraries (Colorado State Library)

Tech Training for Libraries is a new site with instructor materials and information related to technology training in public libraries for folks teaching public computer classes or training staff to be better one-on-one tech tutors.

Technical Services

Resources for Catalogers (State Library of Kansas)
Analytic Cataloging: Enhancing Access with Local and Family History Analytics, Cataloging Non-traditional Resources: Providing Access to Information Specific to Your Community of Users and some basic cataloging resources (books).

Caring for Yesterday's Treasures- Today (Connecting to Collections)
A new series of free, online courses about the preservation of archival and historical collections. Tailored to the needs ot staff and volunteers at libraries and archives, each course includes four to six interactive webinars presented by preservation experts. The instructors will address the specific questions that you and your fellow participants have about the care of collection at your institution. Each course will have its own Web page with handouts and links to additional resources. When the course concludes, participants will be able to continue the conversation with instructors and classmates via the Connecting to Collections Online Community.

Cataloging Basics (Utah State Library)

This collection of online resources covers information about cataloging and classification, including RDA (Resource Description & Access), the new, unified cataloging standard.

RDA Series Webinars (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Free recordings of webinars . Also contains recordings about collections, cataloging, preservation, and more.


Nebraska STAR Reference Manual (Nebraska Library Commission)
This online tutorial, developed by the Nebraska Library Commission, provides a great, basic introduction to reference. The tutorial consists of chapters so you can select what topics interests you most. There are great customer service tips included, as well as suggestions on how to perform a good reference interview.

Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources (Santa Clara County Library District, Infopeople and other funding sources)
An online training course available to all librarians who would like to improve their reference strategies and knowledge of financial literacy concepts and resources. The goal of the course is to promote confidence and competence in responding to your library patrons' questions on personal finance and investment.

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