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Training and Development

Libraries' Staff Training & Enrichment Program [S.T.E.P.]

The Libraries' Human Resources Department has responsibility for coordinating training and enrichment for the organization. In that role, the HR staff will work with various groups/committees, such as the Department Heads Group, Libraries Staff Association, Professional Development and Research Committee, and individual departments or groups with special training needs.

S.T.E.P. Mission:

To facilitate a program that enhances organizational effectiveness while promoting individual career objectives. 

S.T.E.P. Objectives:

  1. Create a continuous learning environment
  2. Develop core knowledge and skills
  3. Stimulate communication
  4. Address professional issues
  5. Improve morale and contributes to retention
  6. Foster commitment to the organization
  7. Prepare staff for future challenges in the workplace

Professional Development and Research Committee (PDRC)

The Libraries' Professional Development and Research Committee (PDRC) is charged with fostering professional growth of the Libraries' faculty through developing and promoting continuing education activities, encouraging and facilitating participation in local, state, regional, and national organizations; and promoting research interests and activities of the Libraries Faculty. To accomplish these goals, PDRC sponsors programs of interest to the Libraries' faculty and periodically schedules professional forums, discussions and workshops. PDRC also administers the Libraries' mentoring program. To learn more about PDRC current programs, please visit: http://www.libs.uga.edu/profdev/.

Libraries' Faculty Independent Professional Activities Policy

Libraries' faculty are encouraged to engage in independent professional activities in addition to their assigned job responsibilities when the activities increase their professional competence and advance the Libraries' mission. Every faculty member may use up to five hours per week to pursue independent professional activities. Such release time is considered part of the faculty member's work week and does not require supervisors' permission. Accumulating and using release time beyond five hours per week requires supervisors' permission since it may affect the operation of the faculty member's department. The procedures for taking advantage of this faculty benefit can be viewed at: http://www.libs.uga.edu/staff/independentprof.html.

UGA Training & Development Center

The UGA Human Resources' Training & Development Center provides a variety of classroom and e-learning courses. Most courses are free, but some do have a nominal fee. Please visit their web page for more information.


Lynda.com is part of UGA’s online training and assists you to learn software, creative and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Lynda.com allows free access to its vast library of video tutorials for all UGA students, faculty, and staff. Its video tutorials are designed for all skill levels and can be viewed at increments of just a few minutes to allow you flexibility to learn the skills at your own pace. To learn more, please visit: http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/lynda..


Starting in July 2013, the University of Georgia began offering online learning via Skillsoft, a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for organizations. Skillsoft’s online resources offer the flexibility to learn business and technical skills at your own pace and time. Skillsoft is free to all UGA faculty, staff, and students. To learn more, please visit: http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/skillsoft..

Attendance at Library-Sponsored and University Sponsored Academic Events

Library-Sponsored Events (excluding training):

Employees are encouraged to attend library-sponsored events. Support of these events promotes job satisfaction, increases the sense of community among employees and encourages potential donors and others to look at the libraries in a positive light.

Employees may attend library-sponsored events during their normal work hours without taking annual leave or making up hours. Attendance must be mutually acceptable to employees and their immediate supervisor.

If all members of a unit wish to attend the same event, then priority will be at the supervisor's discretion.

University-Sponsored Academic Events (excluding training):

Employees may attend up to 5 university-sponsored events per semester (Fall, Spring and Summer), taking place during their normal work hours, without taking annual leave or making up hours. Attendance must be mutually acceptable to employees and their immediate supervisor.

If all members of a unit wish to attend the same event, then priority will be at the supervisor's discretion.

For further information about training and development resources or to suggest a training event, contact Jan Hudson at libjobs@uga.edu.