Jackie Milburn and Tara Russell Become Paraprofessional Librarians

Tara Russell, State Librarian and Commissioner of KDLA Terry Manuel, and Jackie MilburnTerry Manuel and Jackie MilburnTerry Manuel and Tara Russell

The Anderson Public Library announced yesterday that library staff member Jackie Milburn has completed the Public Library Institute (PLI). The Institute is offered yearly through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

PLI is an intensive two-week library science experience. During the Institute, public library training was conducted and included hands-on and role-play activities. Topics such as customer service, library marketing, youth and adult services, cataloging, collection development and technology were covered.

PLI is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

“PLI was a great learning experience and I gained a lot of valuable information and ideas to help better serve our patrons,” said Milburn.

“The Public Library Institute is such a great opportunity for public library staff from across the Commonwealth to learn about library services, as well as learn from each other,” said Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives continuing education supervisor Alicia McGrath.

“The time that Jackie spent at PLI, is what I would call a good investment. Jackie’s participation in this intensive program will serve to enhance her profession skills and as a result benefit every patron with whom she interacts in the future,” said library director Pam Marks.

PLI replaces one three-hour college course for initial certification for librarians. Certification is a program, required by Kentucky law, for public library staff to promote quality library service through continuing education.

Having completed this course, Mrs. Milburn joins Tara L Russell in becoming a certified Paraprofessional Librarian.

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