A Niche Academy subscription gives you access to regularly updated tutorials that highlight library resources, offer step-by-step instructions, and answer common patron questions. Here's a small sample of what's available:
An intro to OverDrive and video setup guides showing how to get started on many specific devices.
How to use varied media options on this popular eMedia platform including FAQs and device-specific instructions.
How to create an account, start adding photos, and how to use it on Android and iOS devices.
How to stream cinematic masterpieces, influential films, TV, and documentaries, for free, courtesy of your public library.
How to get perfect book recommendations using one of the most popular social networking sites for readers.
How to access the genealogical records of billions. How to get started, begin searching, family trees...
To meet the professional development needs of both part-time and full-time staff, Niche Academy provides a marketplace with hundreds of highly customizable tutorials created by Niche Academy staff, independent library experts, and peer libraries. Here's a small sample:
Created by Andrew Sanderbeck, this training combines elements of therapy, self-awareness, and just plain practical advice.
Created by Infopeople, this tutorial covers essential vocabulary, basic words and phrases, numbers and dates, and more.
Created by EveryLibrary, this tutorial is brimming with proven ways to drive local political support for libraries.
Created by Nicole Miller and Infopeople, this tutorial covers best practices and essential resources for helping genealogists.
Created by Niche Academy, this tutorial covers equitable service, privacy, intellectual freedom and much more.
Created by Niche Academy, this tutorial provides an overview of the search functionality common to Gale databases.
Niche Academy provides each subscribing library their own online academies, branded with their own colors, their own logo, and populated with whatever tutorials they choose. Patrons can access these tutorials directly, without any need to authenticate.
Visually appealing website widgets let libraries embed these tutorials right within their own websites. The Usage Stats report will give you a real-time count of how many views each tutorial receives.
Because the tutorials are online and asynchronous, each learner can move through the training at their own pace. A supervisor can assign a tutorial and a learner can then go through it in bite-sized chunks whenever they can carve out time for it. No need to block off everyone's schedule and try to get everyone together at the same time.
For assigned training, supervisors can require enrollment, so they can track each learner's progress through the training.
When your training needs are unique to your library, you have a couple of options.
1. Start with with one of the hundreds of tutorials created by peer libraries and shared in the Niche Academy Marketplace and customize it to your needs in the context of your own academy. This won't affect the original tutorial at all.
2. Create your very own tutorial. We even provide tutorials showing how create your own tutorial. It's pretty simple, though. If you can edit a Word doc, you can create a Niche Academy tutorial.