In an effort to aid librarians throughout the nation in learning of recent trends in the library field and obtaining professional knowledge in the city or county in which they reside, in 2016 National Central Library under the guidance and support of the Ministry of Education began actively holding basic and advanced training courses in public library management. These courses received the Ministry of Education’s Informal Education Course certification. They are held in various regions throughout Taiwan so as to lessen the travel strain on students and to ensure the improvement in professional service and knowledge in local librarians.
This year’s plan includes six sessions of classes: a basic class that ran from April to May in Yilan, Taoyuan, and Miaoli; an advanced class that ran from the end of May to June and then again in September in Tainan, New Taipei City, and Pingtung.
This series of training courses will be taught by Taiwan professors and experts in the field of library and information science. The basic course will focus on the design of library space and environment, quality control, reference works and reference services, information technology and internet operations, reader services and reading promotion, and collection development and acquisitions. The advance course will treat such topics as public library services for different ages, the collection and digitization of ancient books and manuscripts, innovative services for public libraries and the management of relations between libraries and community partners.