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New Year, New Training Trends: 5 Key Topics in 2022

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping this one will be better than the last. These past few years have created many challenges for everyone, both personally and professionally, and the disruptions imposed by the COVID-19 global pandemic will continue to shape how we live for the foreseeable future. As with all things, there is always some […]

Free Coding Books for Public Libraries!

Free coding books? Yes, thanks to the CanCode Program from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Canada! The CanCode program is investing $50 million over two years to provide educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth (K-12). One of their many funded initiatives is TakingIT Global’s “Code to Learn” program. […]

SOLS Initiatives for Governance Support

By the first week of December, most municipal councils have been sworn in and will be poised to begin the task of appointing people to the various local boards and committees with terms tied to council’s term. This, of course, includes library boards. Board Appointments Ideally, councillors understand the importance of making board appointments as […]

Let’s Get Serious About Learning!

We in the public library sector have, for some time now, been talking about the importance of continuous learning to doing what we do and doing it well. In order to be responsive and innovative in our services, we rely on staff being comfortable with uncertainty, willing to take calculated risks, and ready to learn […]

Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Create a Culture of Learning

Are you curious about creating a culture of learning at your library? Are you working towards a greater investment in staff development and training?  Watch this video to meet Crystal Schimpf, the facilitator for the upcoming SOLS workshop “Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Creating a Culture of Learning” to be held on October 2 […]

Now Available in LearnHQ: Ottawa Public Library RA Modules

Thank you to Ottawa Public Library for sharing their Readers’ Advisory modules with other public library staff across Ontario through the LearnHQ portal!  These four modules, developed by Ottawa Public Library, provide information for public library staff on Readers’ Advisory with a focus on current trends in Juvenile Fiction. Click here to access the online […]

Access learning on-demand through LearnHQ

Last year SOLS asked libraries what they wanted to learn about and how they wanted to access learning.  Public library staff told us that with limited time available for training, they need short, digestible learning modules that can be accessed at any time on current and relevant topics.   We heard you!  On-demand learning opportunities are […]

​​​​​​​SOLS’ Self-Directed Learning

SOLS self-directed courses allow students to learn about topics relevant to public libraries at their own pace.  Our new self-directed courses feature interactive learning activities, self-assessments, downloadable templates, knowledge checks and a wealth of online resources.  Participants can go through the learning modules at their own pace at times that are convenient to them.  SOLS […]

Building Skills in Legal Information and Referral

Registration is now open for a FREE online course developed by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA): As a participant in the course, you will watch a series of short, engaging video clips that explore the role of library staff in helping people with legal problems and offer tools for […]