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OLIS Continuing Education Survey Overview

Following is an overview of results from the survey. Please view the Final Report [pdf, 23 pages] for complete results of the survey.

  • Total Responses: 154
    1. Public Librarians: 99
    2. Academic Librarians: 23
    3. School Librarians: 15
  • Library Role
    1. MLS (61%)
    2. Library Administrator (32%)
    3. Paraprofessional (9%)
  • Most requested topics
    1. Information Technology and Software (Trends, Excel, Tech plans)
    2. Public Library Services (Customer service, Problem patrons, Info literacy)
    3. Reference Services (Database searching, Developing collections in an electronic age, Internet searching)
    4. Web Development and Web Tools (Dreamweaver, Web design considerations, Using library web sites to promote services)
  • Attendance
    1. 55% of respondents attend programs 1-2 times a year
    2. 23% of respondents attend 3-5 times a year
    3. 19% of respondents have never attended a program
  • Reasons for attending
    1. Interested in topic (78%)
    2. Need additional training for job (46%)
    3. Networking with other library staff (36%)
  • Would attend more if
    1. Topics more in line with interests/needs (48%)
    2. Staffing needs preclude attendance (28%)
    3. More convenient locations (26%)
    4. More convenient times (17%)
  • Preferred instructional method
    1. Hands-on training (84%)
    2. Instructor-led training (81%)
    3. Sharing sessions (round tables, brown bag discussions) (47%)
    4. Distance learning/online programs (23%)
  • Other sources for CE
    1. RILA (55%)
    2. Regional/national conferences (38%)
    3. NELINET (21%)
  • Learning about OLIS CE
    1. Email (62%)
    2. OLIS web site (59%)
    3. Listserv/Special Interest Group (30%)