While in school, I got some hands-on experience using different programs and tools through my courses (i.e. Cataloger’s Desktop, WebDewey). Now that I’m out of school, I’m having to find new ways to teach myself things that will be useful on the job. I’ve found that several jobs that I would like to have list knowledge and experience using PastPerfect, either as a requirement or as a preferred skill, in the job descriptions. Since PastPerfect recently launched an interactive version of their latest User Guide, PastPerfect 5.0 User’s Guide, I am RTFM so that I can have a clue how to use (and discuss with potential employers!) the software. It’s not the same as actually using it, but it’s better than nothing! Now I’m on the lookout for user guides for other library, archive, and museum software.
I’ve also seen Power Searching with Google recommended on LinkedIn by current librarians as a great course for boning up on search techniques. Anyone have other online courses (preferably free) and user manuals to suggest? I love to learn!
P.S. After I posted this, I checked my email and, lo and behold, the group digest for Librarians in the Job Market on LinkedIn included a discussion where this article was linked: 20+ Awesome Free Online Courses For Librarians. How’s that for serendipity?!