Microlearning for Libraries

Training for Patrons, Students, and Staff


What if your website taught patrons how to use your electronic resources?

When you subscribe to Niche Academy, we'll give you a little code snippet you can plug into your website. Then, like magic, your website will begin to present video introductions to your electronic resources as well as step-by-step instructions on how to get started using them.

Niche Academy provides ready-to-use tutorials for the most commonly used library electronic resources. As these resources evolve over time, Niche Academy updates the tutorials.

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What if your library staff all felt confident and comfortable using your electronic resources?

Niche Academy tutorials give staff a quick lesson plan for showing patrons how to use eResources. We update the tutorials as resources evolve, so staff can feel confident that the information is up-to-date. We'll also give you a staff-focused learning environment so you can invite staff participation and track their progress.

Customer Highlight:

Anderson Public Library in Indiana uses Niche Academy to introduce patrons a range of electronic resources including eBooks, streaming music, and language learning tools. 


Customer Highlight:

Houston Public Library uses Niche Academy to introduce patrons to a large collection of creative tools like 3D printers, learning tablets and a 5 string bass guitar.


“Thanks to Niche Academy, we have seen increased usage in Axis360 and OneClickdigital, and our average circulations per month for Hoopla doubled since adding the service. We are excited that more members of the community are discovering and using these valuable online resources.”

Clint Rudy - Suffolk Public Library

Niche Academy has proven to be an invaluable tool in promoting our library’s growing collection of digital resources and in assisting our patrons in learning how to use them. The Side Slider on the library website drives ongoing use of the academy – in one month alone we had more than 1300 tutorials accessed. The staff at Niche Academy really understand the library’s point of view and always go the extra mile to assist with set-up and promotion of the tutorials.

Lynne Antunes - Dartmouth Public Libraries

Niche Academy is like having another librarian at the desk, it's a great way to supplement our training resources

Athens Moreno - Glencoe Public Library

What support is included with your subscription?

Web meetings, phone support, email... you name it. We follow up to make sure you succeed.

The getting started process is quick, but adapted to your unique needs.

1. Subscribe

Pricing is transparent and based on the size of your service population. Subscriptions are typically annual, but we can also accommodate pro-rated subscriptions.

2. Schedule an online kickoff meeting.

We'll schedule an hour for the kickoff meeting, but it usually doesn't take that long. We make sure your academy is set up just the way you want it and show you how to use the administrative interface. We typically also take a few minutes to add the introductory videos and tutorials to your website while we're together.

3. Every few months, we'll check in.

Everyone does better when we're proactive about answering questions. We make sure that you're getting value from your subscription. That's who we are and how we roll.

About Us

Niche Academy was founded in September of 2014. We wanted to make a learning system that had much less overhead than anything available at the time. Our first public library customer was Idaho Falls Public Library. While we now serve hundreds of library systems around the world, we remain committed to the success of each one.

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Have any questions?


Check out our free staff training webinars and tutorials.