Barbara Steele, staff member at Indianola's Henry M. Seymour Library, attended the intensive weeklong program, designed to introduce library paraprofessionals to all aspects of professional librarianship.
Steele was one of 26 participants representing 16 of Mississippi’s 51 public library systems.
Public library directors were asked to nominate staff members eligible for the training through a competitive selection process.
Instruction focused on history and governance of public libraries, practical skills to help patrons and library service improvements.
"I really enjoyed the Librarianship 101 Institute and all it had to offer,” said Steele. “The Institute was filled with such great information I can hardly contain all of it.
Steele said the material would be helpful information to take back and share with other library staff.
Sunflower County Library System Director Mary Ann Stone said the program continues to improve library services across the state.
“Librarianship 101 Institute provides us with a tool to train our staff members in order to provide quality services for our customers," said Stone. "I am grateful for the training opportunities the Mississippi Library Commission provides.”
Experts at the MLC and public librarians from across Mississippi provided leadership throughout the week.
Commission Executive Director Sharman Smith said, “I am still in awe of our students — of their attention to all of the information provided and of their enthusiasm. From the perspective of the Library Commission, and because of the participants, the Institute was a great success.”
The MLC hosts more than a dozen continuing education workshops each year to increase the skills of Mississippi’s public libraries.
Workshops scheduled for this year include basic librarianship skills, youth services, facilities management, technology training and library administration.
For more information on Sunflower County's four library branches, visit www.sunflower.lib.ms.us.