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Publication date: 1 February 1997

Richard Olorunsola

Automated systems, like manual systems, will not be successful without adequate training and preparation on the part of the staff. Some problems will arise where adequate…

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Automated systems, like manual systems, will not be successful without adequate training and preparation on the part of the staff. Some problems will arise where adequate training is lacking. The article discusses the structure and organisation of on‐site training of staff in the use of TINLIB software at the University of Ilorin Library. Particular attention is paid to the content of the training, trainers and what the programme is out to achieve. The article discusses some pitfalls in the training exercise and offers suggestions for future training programmes.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 49 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 1 May 1990

Valerie Thompson

With the aim of discovering the importantfactors in training staff to use newly installedautomated circulation systems, libraries inNew Zealand with such systems were sent…

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With the aim of discovering the important factors in training staff to use newly installed automated circulation systems, libraries in New Zealand with such systems were sent a questionnaire in 1988. This asked questions about how libraries had trained staff to use the system, and the outcome of this training in terms of satisfaction with their decisions regarding training, and of sparseness of mistakes made by staff after implementation of the system. Three facets of the administration of training were vitally important: (1) The vendor of the system must be heavily involved in the training; (2) As many staff as possible must be given a detailed training in the whole system; (3) As much of the training as possible must be given before system implementation.

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Library Management, vol. 11 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 June 1993

Roderick A. MacLeod and Elisha R.T. Chiware

Automation is pervading all areas of academic library work.Librarians must be adequately trained in order to exploit thenew technology. The literature recognizes that…

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Automation is pervading all areas of academic library work. Librarians must be adequately trained in order to exploit the new technology. The literature recognizes that there are certain prerequisites for successful training. Libraries in developing countries face additional problems in the area of training for information technology. There are special circumstances at the University of Botswana Library. The University of Botswana Library automation training programmes aim to tackle these special circumstances and the problems unique to developing countries, and at the same time fulfil the recognized conditions needed for successful training. Gives a detailed outline of several University of Botswana Library automation training programmes.

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Library Management, vol. 14 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 January 2006

Gabrieline Onyedikachi Amagada

The study aims at investigating the need for training and methods involved in information technology in the government‐owned oil industries – Nigeria National Petroleum…

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Purpose

The study aims at investigating the need for training and methods involved in information technology in the government‐owned oil industries – Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) – with particular reference to the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) and the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI).

Design/methodology/approach

In seeking solutions to the problems raised five research questions were formulated. The population consisted of the library staff, and the method of data collection was through interview.

Findings

The results, amongst others, revealed that the commonly used training method is the internal consultancy method.

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Makes modest recommendations that, if implemented, could benefit the librarians in the Nigerian oil industry from improved training, which will in turn benefit not only their users, but also the industry as a whole.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 24 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 1 March 1993

Pauline S. Bayne

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) Libraries' research and demonstration project has achieved its goal of innovative utilization of technology to meet a national…

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) Libraries' research and demonstration project has achieved its goal of innovative utilization of technology to meet a national library need for efficient and effective staff training materials. The project demonstrated that librarians, who are not computer programmers, can use HyperCard™ as an authoring tool for instructional units. The response of evaluators throughout the development period and subsequent period of regular use, indicates that a machine‐assisted method and the training materials themselves can be enjoyable and successful for library trainees. The implementation plan, developed and used for more than two years at UT, shows that such a program can be instituted on a librarywide basis. Distribution of the computer‐based training units to other libraries means that training materials, which are not available commercially, can be made available to thousands of academic libraries.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 11 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 February 1989

Gretchen Freeman and Russell Clement

The successful implementation of an automated library system depends on many factors. While systems and libraries vary greatly, an area that can never be overlooked is…

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The successful implementation of an automated library system depends on many factors. While systems and libraries vary greatly, an area that can never be overlooked is staff training. By its very nature automation training differs from other types of in‐house library instruction. This article identifies seven critical issues in implementing and maintaining a staff training program. Issues discussed include timing, modularity location, documentation, follow‐up and continuity.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 7 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 24 November 2015

Sonnet Ireland and Jennifer Jackson

To examine the use of student workers in libraries, and to outline how a student worker training program can be designed and implemented. A review of published works…

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To examine the use of student workers in libraries, and to outline how a student worker training program can be designed and implemented. A review of published works (1978–2014), which aims to provide information on training and using student workers for more advanced tasks. A description of the history of student workers in the reference department of the Earl K. Long Library, along with a detailed account of the training used to transform the Student Reference Assistant positions. Finally, a survey sent electronically to all Louisiana academic libraries to gather information on how other libraries use student workers. Many libraries rely on student workers for staff-level tasks. Libraries can use student workers to fill in staffing gaps, to a certain extent, as long as a proper training program is implemented. Research was limited to Louisiana academic libraries, so it is not a comprehensive view of student workers throughout the country. While there were a good number of respondents, the survey was not answered by representatives of each Louisiana academic library. A broader study of how student workers are used in libraries should be conducted in the future. Many libraries still rely on staff to do everything. This chapter will provide libraries with options for using student workers in more advanced ways. It also offers key guidelines to follow when forming a training program. Most research in this area focuses on training or assessing student workers and not on finding ways to use them to fill in staffing gaps.

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Publication date: 30 October 2009

Barbara J. Stites

Changes in the format of library materials, increased amounts of information, and the speed at which information is being produced have created an unrelenting need for…

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Changes in the format of library materials, increased amounts of information, and the speed at which information is being produced have created an unrelenting need for training for library staff members. Additionally, library employees are retiring in greater numbers and their accompanying expertise is being lost. The purpose of this study was to document evaluation practices currently used in library training and continuing education programs for library employees, including metrics used in calculating return-on-investment (ROI). This research project asked 272 library training professionals to identify how they evaluate training, what kind of training evaluation practices are in place, how they select programs to evaluate for ROI, and what criteria are important in determining an effective method for calculating ROI.

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Advances in Library Administration and Organization
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-84950-580-2

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Publication date: 1 June 1987

David Baker

Library assistants were originally considered to be professional librarians in the making, and were trained accordingly. With the expansion of libraries and librarianship…

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Library assistants were originally considered to be professional librarians in the making, and were trained accordingly. With the expansion of libraries and librarianship, Britain's “apprenticeship” system of qualification gave way to formal library school education, and a new category of “non‐professional staff” was created, of people who were unwilling or unable to proceed to graduate‐level qualification. The development of non‐professional certificates of competence in the UK is described against parallel developments in the US, Canada and Australia; the COMLA training modules are also examined. The theoretical and practical issues surrounding training are discussed, training schemes and qualifications in the four countries analysed, and the relative merits of in‐house training and external certificate programmes argued.

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Library Management, vol. 8 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 February 1992

Graham P Cornish

Considers the particular challenges of training staff forinterlending work in libraries. Discusses the need for interlending aspart of the concept of publication…

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Considers the particular challenges of training staff for interlending work in libraries. Discusses the need for interlending as part of the concept of publication availability, the problems of setting up a training course, aims and objectives of training, the trainees and trainers, and techniques and training materials. Concludes that the problems posed by the co‐operative nature of interlending demands a structured training programme to ensure its success.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 20 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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