North Carolina Master Trainer Program Accepting Applications

The State Library of North Carolina is pleased to announce that recruitment is underway for the 2008-2009 class of the award-winning Master Trainer Program. The program enables a member of your staff to improve their skills in training design and delivery and to join an expanding network of Master Trainers.

The Master Trainer Program is a statewide initiative of the State Library of North Carolina that equips public and academic libraries to respond to the ongoing need for training through an intensive “train the trainer” program. Few libraries have the resources to meet the full array of training needs for library staff and patrons. Staff from public and academic libraries of all sizes learn principles of training design, presentation skills, and content & materials selection so they can serve as trainers for library staff and patrons in their own libraries.

The 16 applicants selected to participate in the 2008-2009 class will attend and participate in Session #1 (four days in Chapel Hill), Session #2 (virtual coaching meetings), and the Showcase (three days in Chapel Hill). The State Library will pay the cost of the training and reimburse the participants for their travel expenses. Participating libraries will provide release time for staff to attend the training and to carry out their assignments between sessions.

For program information & guidelines and the application form, go to:

Please contact Raye Oldham if you have questions or need additional information.

Deadline: August 11, 2008

p.s. I cannot recommend this program enough! I was a member of the last class and unfortunately due to complications with my pregnancy was not able to complete the program. I learned a lot during the initial 5-days of training, and I think the network and community you share with the other graduates of the program is priceless.