Available courses

Learn how to use Leap, Polaris’ Web Application! This intuitive web-based platform is easy to learn and easy to use. Use the following videos to see learn more about each function, like patron registration or using the find tool. You will find that Leap is great resource for your library.   

This online training provides handouts, tutorials, and policy relating to Polaris LEAP circulation procedures.

This course must be completed before Polaris user credentials will be assigned.

This online training provides handouts, tutorials, and policy relating to Polaris circulation procedures.  

Archived recordings of the monthly SHARE Circulation Forum. SHARE Circulation Forums are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month either in person or via Zoom.

In person meetings are not recorded.

This is a four-week course on cataloging 3D Objects, Kits, and Realia.

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) is providing Subject Analysis training for library staff in any Illinois library. This is a 6-week course using Moodle software. There are text files, online quizzes, assignments, and links to outside resources (OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards, Library of Congress authority file, MARC21 for Bibliographic Data, videos, and documents). Topics covered include controlled indexing language, keyword versus controlled vocabulary, the purpose of subject headings, the 20% rule, content analysis, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), word-based approaches to retrieval, Sears List of Subject Headings, and MeSh (Medical Subject Headings).

This is an asynchronous course, so you will not need to log in at a specific time, but you are expected to complete assignments and quizzes by the end of each week.

Registered participants will be e-mailed a login and password before May 11.

Learning Objectives
Determine relevant subject headings from summary statements.
Understand keyword versus controlled vocabulary.
Create subject headings in a MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) format.
Perform content analysis.

MARC formatting of subject headings.
Knowledge and understanding of authority records.

To help complete the required 15 hours of continuing education for cataloging permissions.  Cataloger's Training sessions are held 10 times a year, on the second Tuesday of January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, via Zoom.  After the live session, the recorded session will be posted here.

To complete the monthly session and receive credit for watching, you must open the recording and watch.

If you have any questions or are experiencing difficulties, please contact Shelley Stone at 618-474-9923.  Good luck and thanks for watching.

This section is separated into two classes, Barcoding I and Barcoding II. Both classes are required for SHARE barcoders. These courses will ensure that barcoders have the knowledge to search for bibliographic records in the SHARE database and add item records to the matched bibliographic record.

This series focuses on the beginning skills necessary for cataloging.

Topics covered include:

  • Book Cataloging
  • Searching and Editing in OCLC
  • Introduction to Authority Records
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Dewey Decimal Classification

Anyone wishing to become a cataloger should take these classes, plus the OCLC modules listed here. Catalogers can take these courses as a refresher or for annual cataloging continuing education hours. Catalogers must attend 15 hours of continuing education related to cataloging each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

Archived recordings of RBdigital Users Group meetings.

Archive of recorded Cloud Library Users Groups

This online training session provides a basic demonstration of the Cloud Library App.

This course will explain how to use the Cloud Library shopping cart provided for your library in the Cloud Library Content Acquisition Tool (CAT).

This course is a video of the board training session held on July 18, 2017 with Laura Huth, from "do good" Consulting.  This training is required for all board members to watch. 

There is a short quiz at the end of the course, that you must complete.

This course covers the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act and Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training.

This is for Operations Safety Training opportunities.

This is for sorter training.

This is for driver training.