BELGRADE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

106 N BROADWAY

BELGRADE, MT 59714

406-388-4346

www.belgradelibrary.org

 

STAFF DEVELOPMENT POLICY

 

            Staff is the greatest asset of the Belgrade Community Library. The Library is committed to having a trained and educated workforce and requires staff participation in the Montana Certification Program through the Montana State Library. 

 

            All staff members are encouraged to attend job-related workshops, webinars, and conferences.   Funds will be budgeted as equitably as possible to cover travel expenses and registration fees for training.

 

            Work time may be given to attend training that meets the employee’s training needs. Travel expenses and registration fees will be reimbursed if funds are available, upon approval of the Library Director.

 

            Professional and paraprofessional staff are encouraged to attend library science and related professional association meetings, such as the MLA annual conference, state library training, and regional conferences. Limited funds are budgeted for this purpose, and staff wishing to attend conferences should indicate their interest to the Library Director.  If there are not sufficient funds to cover costs for all employees wishing to attend conferences, funds will be given first towards the expense of staff members who have official responsibilities or who are officers of the association.  Remaining funds may be prorated so that staff members have some financial support.  Attendance at professional association conferences and meetings will be rotated, with consideration given to the germane topic of the training. 

 

            In order that training may be shared with other staff, written reports will be required by the Director to receive continuing education credit. Each employee is required to register and track all continuing education credits through the Montana State Library website. Employees may also be required to attend or conduct programs, training, and similar activities for other staff.