State Library Announces New Library Basics Workshop Series

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The South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce a new series of workshops (December 2019 – March 2020) to be held at regional locations around the state, focusing on basic library skills. The workshops are aimed at library support staff, those who are new to libraries, and individuals who would like to just brush up their skills. Each class will be small and hands-on, with practical material for everyday library work. Participants may attend one or more topics throughout the series. Most workshops are 10:00 a.m. to noon unless otherwise indicated and are free to public library staff members.

Part 1: Front Desk Basics (December)

Working at a library is different from other customer service jobs, even if many of the same skills apply. Participants will learn:

  • The role of the library in the community and some common or unusual services libraries provide 
  • How to address problems like patrons with overdue fines or being unable to provide the book a patron wants 
  • Practical ethics including patron privacy, equitable access to library resources, and censorship questions


Part 2: Reference Skills (January)

Go beyond the basics of looking up books. Participants will learn:

  • Effective techniques for a successful reference transaction 
  • Tricks for dealing with unfamiliar technology 
  • Helpful online resources


Part 3: Storytimes and Programs (February)

Programming for children and teens is more than just reading a book to kids. Participants will learn:

  • Choosing fun, age-appropriate books to read aloud 
  • How to incorporate music and activities into story times 
  • Examples of programs for ages 0-18 years


Part 4: Collection Maintenance (March)

Books are a key part of library services, and they have a life cycle from purchase to discard. Participants will learn:

  • How books are selected, purchased, and cataloged for the library 
  • Collections beyond books--checking out electronic materials, A/V items, video games, and other materials 
  • How to decide when it's time to remove the book from the collection, and what happens to it afterward


For more information about this new series of specific workshops, please contact Tiffany Hayes, Continuing Education Consultant at (803) 545-4206 or

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