Library Resources: LPCPL Academy

Posted on March 26, 2021

by Michael Sheehan

Do you want to make the most of your library card? Follow this series of articles that will provide an overview of  information on the various digital resources and databases the La Porte County Public Library offers the community. This is the ninth in a series and will review the LPCPL Academy.


LPCPL Academy

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”

– Anthony J. D’Angelo


Have you explored the LPCPL Academy? If you would go there, you’d find out how to become a Maker at the Library, how to use online Library resources such as databases and streaming services, and ways to  improve computer skills. The main purpose for the Academy is to help the customers and staff learn about all of the resources available at the Library and how to use them. The tutorials are regularly updated and additional resources are being added monthly. 


The LPCPL Academy platform makes it easy for libraries to create their own online academies where they can deliver self-directed education experiences both inside and outside the physical library. LPCPL has offered the LPCPL Academy since September 2016.

Niche by the Numbers

2019 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec TOTAL
Views 954 681 1161 1925 1606 1057 626 1167 1427 573 1119 1029 13325


Public 7369 55.30%
Staff 5955 44.69%


2020 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec TOTAL
Views 1283 1789 919 9535 1427 308 878 522 1032 1285 627 441 20046


Public 10616 52.96%
Staff 9430 47.04%


In reviewing the number of pageviews noted per month between 2019 and 2020, we find that 2019 had seven months of higher recorded views. Yet the total for 2020 marks a 50.44% increase in views from the previous year. The increase can be attributed to the high volume of views in April 2020 while the Library was closed to the public in the throes of the initial wave of the pandemic. In fact, by May 1 of 2020, viewing numbers were already at the total viewing numbers of 2019. Interestingly, April for both years’ accounts for the highest month of views in the given year.

Inside the Library, staff began using the learning management system of Paylocity (HR & payroll program) in 2020, yet that did not deter them from using the Academy as a training tool in 2020, which also accounts for the higher number of staffs views last year, and thusly the observed increased percentage of use.


Next week we will focus on the Library’s subscription to EBSCO’s NoveList.

Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael joined the library staff in August of 2017. He is a member of the Library Admin Team. He has spent much of his adult work life swimming in seas of metadata, bench-pressing card catalogs, and bartering with information system vendors, but those activities have done more to tone his head muscle and less to develop those desirable six-pack abs. These cataloging skills have taken him through Illinois, Wisconsin, and back home to Indiana (queue the Soggy Bottom Boys: “the place where he was born and bred”). In his spare time, he attempts to stay out of family arguments, binge watches British comedy, drama, and mystery programs, and subjects his two cats to the latest in Indie/Alternative music.
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