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?!


About bittybookworm

Cataloging librarian seeking library, archive, or museum. I used to read college Psychology textbooks for fun in Junior High. I am that person at parties who is usually found hovering near the snacks, probably interacting more with the host's pets or children than with the host and other adult guests, and poring over their book and media collections to secretly gauge which items I may be interested in borrowing in future and which of my items would be appropriate to lend in return. In December 2012, I graduated from Florida State University with a Masters of Library and Information Studies degree, which may put that previous bunch of information into some sort of context.

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