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.
“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
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.