​​​​​​​SOLS’ Self-Directed Learning

SOLS self-directed courses allow students to learn about topics relevant to public libraries at their own pace.  Our new self-directed courses feature interactive learning activities, self-assessments, downloadable templates, knowledge checks and a wealth of online resources.  Participants can go through the learning modules at their own pace at times that are convenient to them.  SOLS is working hard to develop more self-directed learning opportunities for public library staff and will be releasing more later in 2018.

Available now are:

Budgets Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library Introduction to Public Libraries

For more information on any of SOLS’ training opportunities, please visit our website or contact the SOLS training team.

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Project Outcome Data Dashboard Map is now available!

The goal of Project Outcome is to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library programs and services.  Founded by the Public Library Association, Project Outcome provides simple tools and an easy-to-use process for measuring outcomes and gathering insights about the many ways libraries meet the needs of their communities.

Project Outcome is available free of charge to all Canadian public libraries.  To find out more, visit the Project Outcome website and create an account.

PLA has just announced that Canadian data is now available through the Project Outcome data dashboard!   If you already have Project Outcome survey data collected, you will see your Map Dashboard populate with outcome results and be able to filter results by survey topic and outcome type. You will also see your outcome data segmented by branch location.  Visit your data dashboard to explore the new features available for Canadian libraries!  If you have questions or would like to learn more – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Now Available in LearnHQ – Ottawa Public Library RA Modules

Thank you to Ottawa Public Library for sharing their Readers’ Advisory modules with other public library staff across Ontario through the LearnHQ portal!  These four modules, developed by Ottawa Public Library, provide information for public library staff on Readers’ Advisory with a focus on current trends in Juvenile Fiction.

Click here to access the online modules, available free of charge to anyone with a LearnHQ account.

If your library has training material that you would be willing to share with other libraries across Ontario, please let us know!  Email the SOLS Training Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Access learning on-demand through LearnHQ

Last year SOLS asked libraries what they wanted to learn about and how they wanted to access learning.  Public library staff told us that with limited time available for training, they need short, digestible learning modules that can be accessed at any time on current and relevant topics.   We heard you!  On-demand learning opportunities are now available at anytime from anywhere to Ontario public library staff through LearnHQ.ca!  These short online tutorials are available on-demand and free of charge, to anyone with an LearnHQ login.  You can navigate through these tutorials at your own pace and learn as you go. 

Visit LearnHQ.ca to check out these on-demand tutorials:

Wi-fi hotspot lending Public Library Makerspaces MARC Records Online Tutorial

If you have any questions about SOLS training or would like to suggest training topics, please email the SOLS Training Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Introducing a new Online Course - Building Skills in Legal Information and Referral

Registration opens today for a new 8-week online course developed by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA).

The course will be presented in a series of short, engaging, video clips. The first four modules will explore the role of library staff in helping people with legal problems and offer tools for providing reliable legal information and referrals.  Legal experts will then guide you through some of the most common legal problems you might hear about from your patrons and provide tips and strategies for finding legal information and making legal referrals. You will complete quizzes and short written responses throughout the course and, when you finish, you will receive a certificate as a Legal Information and Referral Specialist.

The course can be completed in your own time, over an 8-week period, and will run from September 25 through December 1, 2017.

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