Photo: Donna Tarver, Walls Public Library libary assistant (Courtesy photo)
Donna Tarver, a Library Assistant at the Walls Public Library, returned to the library loaded with information and ideas gained from attending Librarianship 101 Institute, hosted recently by the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) at the agency headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi.
Participation in the annual Institute was based on a statewide competitive selection process, with public library directors being asked to nominate staff members. 24 participants representing 15 of Mississippi’s 53 public library systems and the Mississippi Library Commission attended the intensive, three-day training designed to improve the skills and knowledge of front-line librarians.
Training included sessions on the history and governance of public libraries, programming, reference services, readers’ advisory, outreach and partnerships, among others. The participants practiced skills designed to help them provide excellent library service to their communities. Librarians from the Mississippi Library Commission provided the training.
“We were so thrilled to welcome participants to Jackson for the 19th year of Librarianship 101. This year’s class was energetic and full of ideas. I have no doubt they will continue to do incredible things in their public libraries,” said Tracy Carr, Deputy Director for Library Services at MLC.
The Library Commission hosts virtual and in-person continuing education workshops each year to increase the skills of Mississippi’s public librarians.
The Mississippi Library Commission supports innovative programs and initiatives to strengthen and enhance library services for all Mississippians. The agency is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, with additional funding provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), offering leadership in library services, advocacy, and training for library professionals and paraprofessionals.