College Library Training Courses

Our college library courses are full of interactive exercises you can apply in your own situation. You can read through everything, reflect on your personal experience, view slideshows of examples and build your own skills. On the Intermediate course, your assessor will provide feedback to help you adapt tasks to your workspace, student users and book collections. The Advanced course in Observation Research has individual mentoring support so you can tailor your work to what is most useful to your workplace.

Playing your part in the library welcome

A fast, practical and enjoyable course in active customer-care skills, specific to libraries. This course will help everyone who works in a customer-facing role develop the skills and confidence to take responsibility for customer engagement - and not just sit behind a welcome desk. Suitable for both public and academic libraries.

More details
  • Entry
  • Public libraries
  • Curated discussion
  • Self-assessed

Managing first impressions

Learn to see through your customers’ eyes! This course develops skills in analysing the library’s most important spaces then taking practical steps to improve the customer experience. Learners will build simple routines to sustain high standards and control the library environment. Suitable for both public and college libraries.

More details
  • Intermediate
  • Public libraries
  • Personal feedback
  • Requires library access

Observation research

To improve the library experience for your customers, you need objective evidence about how people are using your space and resources.  Observing and recording anonymous customer behaviours is a powerful way to gather this.  This course will introduce the basic methods with easy exercises to build your experience and the opportunity to design your own observation too. Use these techniques to get beyond a familiar workspace and staff assumptions to what your customers actually see and do. Suitable for both public and college libraries.

More details
  • Advanced
  • Public libraries
  • Personal mentor
  • Requires library access

Fiona Edwards

Which course is right for me?

Contact Fiona Edwards on


No, I want to stay on the US site
Yes, take me to the UK site