Instructor: Jeremy McGinniss
Dates: July 1-28, 2013
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
No library can successfully serve its users without qualified and
dedicated staff members. Student staff members fill roles that are
essential to the success of any library. Therefore, it is necessary that
these students be of high quality and well-trained. This course is
based upon the premise that a student's work in the library should be
seen as part of his or her overall development as a learner and a
complete individual. With that philosophy in mind, this course will
teach you specific tools and methods to evaulate and improve your
current process of hiring, training and developing your student staff.
Specifically, the focus will be on methods and processes to help you
hire the best students possible, clearly communicate your expectations
to your student staff, measure their progress and ability while finding
ways to motivate and engage them. Readings will be provided during the
- Understand the role that student staff play in the functioning of your library.
- Recognize and clearly articulate what a dedicated approach to student
staff training and development looks like in your library.
- Develop a comprehensive student training and development plan, as applicable to your particular library staff situation.
- Create new or tweak existing hiring, training and other procedures related to the training of student staff.
- Work with other librarians to learn from their experiences and knowledge.
Jeremy McGinniss is Library Director at Baptist Bible College and
Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennyslvania. He earned his MLIS in 2009 from
the University of Pittsburgh. Jeremy spends most of his time working to
develop, grow and advocate for different ways to connect students,
staff and faculty with the library and its resources. He spends the rest
of it playing with new technologies for use in and with the library.