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Systems librarian training workshop

By: INASP, published on Aug. 29, 2014

Countries: Not specified

Tags: Database, E-resource, Management, Systems librarians, Website,

This is a 4-day workshop aimed at librarians/systems librarians from institutions who are members of the national consortium with a role in the management and support of the Library’s IT applications. The course will cover:

  • Linux installation, directories, files and text editors
  • Introduction to websites: HTML, CSS, PHP basics
  • Networking
  • DBMS structure and design, MySQL
  • Digitisation
  • Tools for managing e-resources


The purpose of the workshop is to support those library staff who have primary responsibility for managing and maintaining library specific digital services. This will include:

  • familiarising participants with the variety of system roles and responsibilities within the library context
  • introducing participants to basic open source software and tools
  • training in web development tools
  • introducing basic digitisation planning and processing skills
  • assisting participants to become familiar with the technical aspects of e-journal management
  • generally helping participants be aware of new services, and monitor trends and maintain currency on emerging issues relating to computer systems and applications in libraries


The workshop is primarily for librarians / systems librarians from institutions who are members of the national consortium whose work involves or will involve the management and support of the Library’s IT applications. This might include staff with responsibility for managing library automation software, institutional repository development, maintenance of the Library’s website, development of local databases, supporting platforms for e-journal access, or those providing a technical infrastructure for the digitisation of local library collections, or technical staff charged with maintaining IT equipment.

It is not a beginners’ workshop and is not suitable for staff with no experience of any of the above types of activity. Nor is it an “advanced” workshop for staff from institutions that already have systems staff with significant experience and expertise. It should be rather regarded as “intermediate” providing an introduction to some of the most relevant software and systems tools and a base on which to build further knowledge.

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