GLEAN Access for Non-Public Library Staff

supply and demand

On June 10, 2013, GPLS invited Georgia’s public libraries to participate in an exclusive pre-registration window for GLEAN, the Georgia Library Education Access Network, so that staff members could obtain a unique GLEAN “seat license”.  The response far exceeded expectations with 36 library systems pre-registering for over 2,000 user accounts before the July 15 cutoff date.  The popularity of GLEAN further illustrates that continuing education and training remain high priorities for public libraries.

The downside to the tremendous response and demand for GLEAN is that GPLS must currently limit GLEAN registration and access to persons currently employed by a public library.  We have a finite number of licenses that we are able to provide.  Opening up GLEAN access right now to those who are not currently employed by a Georgia public library would most likely put us over our license limit.  We are asking for your patience while we assess the situation and look into ways that we might eventually be able to bring GLEAN to the rest of the Georgia library community as we had initially planned.

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Author:Jay Turner

Jay Turner is the director of continuing education and training for the Georgia Public Library Service, where he administers a comprehensive learning and development program for the state’s 63 library systems. He began his public library career at the age of 15 as a page, and for almost the past two decades he has progressively served Georgia’s public libraries in multiple capacities: assisting customers on the front lines, coordinating teen programs, managing staff training and development initiatives, and implementing technology and processes to improve learning in libraries. His current focus is collaborating across libraries, agencies, and industries to develop effective, cost-efficient learning programs. His tremendous passion for learning and development is second only to his prodigious appetite and rabid fanaticism with Norwegian death metal.

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