FREE Online Course Options for Library Staff
Library staff have several options to access free online courses from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.
The Library Development & Networking Division of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission offers all library staff the opportunity to take self-paced, online courses on a variety of library topics through our Online Training site. Although the majority of our offerings are courseinars (short online course versions of our archived Webinars), we offer several full-fledged courses on topics ranging from youth services to technology to reference.
How Can I Start Taking Courses Via TSLAC's Online Training Site? View our Online Training How-To Video Playlist on Youtube. Prefer text instructions? We've included some below.
- If you don't have already have one, create an account on our Online Training site by clicking "create new account" under the login area. After you submit your account registration form, you'll receive an automatic email and will need to confirm your account by clicking on the link in the email message.
- Once logged in to the site:
-- if you are not enrolled in any courses and/or if it is your first time to log in to our site, you can view our course catalog (arranged by category) by clicking the "Courses" link in the Navigation block that is located along the top left of your home login page. Click the category titles to expand the categories and view summaries of available courses. If you decide you'd like to take a course, be sure you are logged in to the site and then click the course title. If you are automatically taken to the course home page, be sure to click the "enroll me in this course" link that is located on the far left side of the course home page. You should then see an "enrollment options" page and you will need to scroll to the bottom of that page and click the "enroll" button as the final step. Once enrolled, you should see the course home page again and should work your way through the course from the top down.
-- if you are currently enrolled in a course or courses, their course titles will display on your login page. Click the course titles to gain access to your courses. To browse the rest of our course catalog, click the "Courses" link located in the Navigation block along the top left of your login page. Follow the same instructions mentioned previously to learn about and/or enroll in additional courses.
Note: Many of our courses offer guest access -- the ability to access course content without having to enroll (or even have an official account) on our Online Training site. However, if you would like to be able to print an official Certificate of Completion, you will need an official account AND you will need to enroll in the course BEFORE you begin to complete any coursework.
WebJunction is available for library staff to take free, self-paced, online courses on a variety of library management, software and soft-skills topics. You can also participate in live webinars or view archived webinars anytime, anywhere. Receive certificates of completion for your work, and keep track of your courses with a convenient personal login. WebJunction also publishes their Crossroads newsletter twice a month with articles and information about upcoming events.
Visit learn.webjunction.org to browse courses and archived webinars. Once you find a course you would like to take, select the title and follow the instructions on right of page to Create New Account. Returning users are prompted to login to access in-progress courses.
WebJunction Resource Pages, Calendar of Upcoming Free Webinars
WebJunction also maintains great Resource pages on different library-relevant topics, and you can explore these topics via webjunction.org here. Plus, you can view a list of upcoming free WebJunction webinars here.
For more information about any of our online course options, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 512-463-5465 or 1-800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).
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