For Public Libraries

Niche Academy helps more people learn about and use library resources and helps library staff learn faster and do more than ever before.

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A Few of Our Patron-Facing Tutorials...

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:

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OverDrive/Libby

An intro to OverDrive and video setup guides  showing how to get started on many specific devices.

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Hoopla

How to use varied media options on this popular eMedia platform including FAQs and device-specific instructions.

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Google Photos

How to create an account, start adding photos, and how to use it on Android and iOS devices.

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kanopy

How to stream cinematic masterpieces, influential films, TV, and documentaries, for free, courtesy of your public library.

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Goodreads

How to get perfect book recommendations using one of the most popular social networking sites for readers.

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Ancestry Library Edition

How to access the genealogical records of billions. How to get started, begin searching, family trees...

A Sampling of Our Staff Training Tutorials...

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:

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How to Handle angry Customers

Created by Andrew Sanderbeck, this training combines elements of therapy, self-awareness, and just plain practical advice.

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Survival Spanish for Library Staff

Created by Infopeople, this tutorial covers essential vocabulary, basic words and phrases, numbers and dates, and more. 

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10 Strategies for Community Organizing in Libraries

Created by EveryLibrary, this tutorial is brimming with proven ways to drive local political support for libraries.

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How to Serve Genealogists Now

Created by Nicole Miller and Infopeople, this tutorial covers best practices and essential resources for helping genealogists.

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Code of Ethics for New Directors

Created by Niche Academy, this tutorial covers equitable service, privacy, intellectual freedom and much more.

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Gale Search Tools

Created by Niche Academy, this tutorial provides an overview of the search functionality common to Gale databases.

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No need to for patrons to authenticate

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.

Website Widgets

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.

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Self-Paced Learning

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. 

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Customize or Create

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.


 

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