[Libs-Or] BCR and LITA Partner to Offer Continuing Education Opportunities

Brandie Baumann bbaumann at BCR.ORG
Wed Oct 21 13:58:47 PDT 2009

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Brandie Baumann

Communications Coordinator

800.397.1552 ext. 110

bcrpress at bcr.org


BCR and LITA Partner to Offer Continuing Education Opportunities


AURORA, COLO., October 21, 2009 - BCR and the Library and Information
Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library
Association (ALA), have agreed to develop a reciprocal continuing
education program to complement and expand the training opportunities
for the members of both organizations. 


The partnership will combine those areas in which each organization is
expert to meet the growing need for libraries to offer new and
innovative online continuing education courses while meeting the
challenges of the rapidly changing library environment and shrinking

BCR brings a professional staff of trainers in traditional
librarianship, with broad perspective and experience of both the library
and cultural heritage environment, as well as experience in creating,
implementing and delivering training courses for the online community.
BCR will provide the technical infrastructure to support both online and
self-paced learning. 


LITA's membership base brings an array of expertise in library
standards, emerging technologies and best practices that can be utilized
to bring practitioners into the forefront for passing on their expertise
to the rest of the community.  Michelle Frisque, LITA President, said "I
am excited by this new partnership with BCR which will allow LITA to
provide a wider range of educational opportunities to our members."


Beyond the advantages of being able to learn where and when it is most
practical, the membership of both organizations will benefit from
receiving high-quality instruction immediately applicable to the
operation of their libraries, as well as extending the variety of
courses available through each organization. All members of the BCR/LITA
community will have a unique opportunity for continuing education, from
the basics to emerging technologies, taught by high-quality subject
matter experts.


This new partnership is the first time a multistate consortium such as
BCR and an ALA division have combined to undertake a broad-based
continuing education program for their respective members.  


To submit a proposal for a continuing education program, visit


About LITA

LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries
to provide education and services for a broad membership including
systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and
many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for
librarians and information providers. LITA, with over 3,500 members, has
been serving the needs of the library and information technology
community since 1966.   For more information about LITA go to
www.lita.org, or contact the LITA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext.
4268; or e-mail: lita at ala.org.


About BCR

BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their
knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and
their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to
deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace
with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation's
oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935,
the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach patrons,
increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for
Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For
more information, visit www.BCR.org or email info at BCR.org.




Brandie Baumann
Communications Coordinator


14394 E. Evans Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014-1408
p: 303.751.6277 ext 110
f:  303.751.9787
e: bbaumann at bcr.org

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