Purpose, Goals,
and Tips for Supervisors

Orientation for New Library Employees

NEW! Resources bibliography
NEW! Certificate and Recertification Contact Hours
Purpose of Orientation
Target Audience
Needs Analysis
Goals and Objectives
Tasks and Activities
Credits and Copyright

What's New? New resource links.

The Explore sections in the right-hand column of each Orientation page contain links to resources that supplement the module content and activities. The following list contains recently added links. Sites last visited June 2008.

Ohio Ready To Read

The State Library of Ohio and the Ohio Library Council have created Ready To Read to help address the early literacy needs of Ohio's youngest citizens. Ready To Read is a major ongoing statewide initiative that will disseminate early literacy information to public library staff and trustees, early child care providers, educators, children's advocates, parents, and political decision makers.

Users online, but using libraries!

The 2008 Digital Future Report found that the Internet is perceived by 80% of users age 17 and older to be a more important source of information than television, radio, newspapers, and books.

More than half of Americans visit libraries! Results of a Pew Internet & American Life survey "challenge the assumption that libraries are losing relevance in the internet age. Libraries drew visits by more than half of Americans (53%) in the past year for all kinds of purposes, not just the problems mentioned in this survey."

"Young adults in tech-loving Generation Y (age 18-30) led the pack. Compared to their elders, Gen Y members were the most likely to use libraries for problem-solving information and in general patronage for any purpose. Furthermore, it is young adults who are the most likely to say they will use libraries in the future when they encounter problems: 40% of Gen Y said they would do that, compared with 20% of those above age 30 who say they would go to a library." (Report of IMLS-funded project with University of Illinois -Urbana-Champaign and the Pew Internet & American Life.)

Library 2.0

Keep up with Library 2.0 - the latest in Web 2.0 applications for libraries! Library 2.0 Reading List, created by Jenny Levine and Michael Stephens for the Library 2.0 course for the American library Association with the Otter Group.

How do libraries use Library 2.0? 100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials suggests "Webinars, presentations, and tutorials designed to help you take your library to the next level." Created by Jessica Merritt.

Itís All About the User slideshow: how Library 2.0 can help you focus on library users.

Users in online communities

A basic part of any library mission is to serve the community - whoever and, increasingly, wherever! The 2008 Digital Future Project found that membership in online communities has more than doubled in only three years. More than half of online community members (54 percent) log into their community at least once a day, and 71 percent of members said their community is very important or extremely important to them. Fifty-six percent of members reported meeting their online counterparts in person... And, a large and growing percentage of members -- now 55 percent -- say they feel as strongly about their online communities as they do about their real-world communities.

Know the issues about the rights of users who access social networks with library computers. Visit ALA's Online Social Networks site.

Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks: How teens manage their online identities and personal information in the age of MySpace, a PEW Internet report.

Current awareness with blogs

What are others doing?

LibWorm is a blog search engine and current awareness tool for people who work in libraries. LibWorm collects updates from about 1400 RSS feeds and makes them available for searching.

LISZEN is a Library & Information Science search engine powered by Google Co-op. It includes user submitted blogs that relate to library and information science.

RFID issues

What are the issues for privacy with RFID?

Cataloging, WorldCat news, and RDA

"Next-Gen Catalogs" in Library Technology Reports, Jul/Aug 2007 (43:4), by Marshall Breeding, who describes "efforts to create new catalogs and interfaces more in tune with today's expectations." Covers terminology associated with the "next-generation" catalog situation as well as such areas as federated searching and other features expected in the "next-generation" interfaces: faceted navigation, relevancy, the "did you mean?" feature, and RSS.

Search catalogs around the world with OCLC WorldCat, "the world's largest network of library content and services, with more than a billion items from OCLC libraries." New features:
-Add a Worldcat search box to Web sites.
-Search from browser toolbars such as Google or Yahoo.
-Build Web links to WorldCat information.
-OCLC and Google agree to exchange data and link digitized books to WorldCat.
-Get more news about trends and technology with OCLC magazine NextSpace.

Catalogablog, good stuff for library cataloging, classification, metadata, and subject access.

How do users classify? Ponder the tag cloud which results from users' search terms of the NASA home page.

Cataloging in a digital world: Resource Description and Access, designed for the digital world, guidelines and instructions on resource description and access covering all types of content and media. Built on foundations established by the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR).

A library podcast that explains call numbers!

Fun with Our Meebo Widget and the Library Catalog (David Lee King blog). "When a customer searches our catalog and doesnít find anything, they can contact us via IM and ask for help."

Information seekers can give INFOhio's Research Project Calculator a try. Just enter some basic information, and the RPC will deliver a project plan and lots of helpful suggestions!


Engaging Youth on their Own Terms: Instant Messaging and Gaming in Libraries webinar. Using technologies such as instant messaging and gaming to increase young library users interest in learning.

Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public Libraries is a new (March 2008) ALA report about library services and programs for non-English speakers, including effectiveness of services, barriers to library use, most frequently used services and most successful programs by language served.

The Rainbow List is a bibliography of current books for young readers (0-18) dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning issues. Created by the Rainbow Project, a collaboration of the ALA Social Responsibilities and GLBTQ round tables.

Responsibility of supervisors

Evaluation of employee's achievement of the goals and objectives of the Orientation is the supervisor's responsibility. Evaluation consists of reviewing the completeness and accuracy of the required Activities and Quiz answers.

To understand what the responsibilities are and to determine how active a role to play in the employee's online Orientation, the supervisor should complete the following steps:


Contact hours for Renewal of Ohio Public Librarian Certification are approved for this tutorial. OLCís three online tutorials qualify for recertification under Category C: Self-directed Continuing Education Activities. The Orientation tutorial may be credited for 3 contact hours. ORE on the WEB and Marketing may be credited for 6 contact hours each. All three online programs include a Certificate of Completion. Librarians who wish to use the online classes for recertification credit should download the certificate, print it, have their supervisor sign it to verify the course has been completed, and include it with their recertification application.

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Target audience

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Needs analysis

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Goals, objectives and tasks

Each page introduces a topic, requires completion of a related hands-on activity, and provides optional exploration of supplementary sites on the Internet to reinforce concepts presented.

Goal 1: Understand the purpose of libraries.

Task or activity

Goal 2: Explore basic library technical and public services.

Task or activity

Goal 3: Investigate the organization of the library.

Task or activity

Goal 4: Understand library's responsibility to users.

Ohio Library Council. Copyright and credits.
Links updated June 2008.
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