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Cambridge offers many training opportunities for library staff. Below you will find details of training programmes provided by both the Office of Scholarly Communication and the wider University.

Training in scholarly communication and research support

The Office of Scholarly Communication offers two dedicated training programmes for library staff:

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Supporting Researchers in the 21st Century Programme - The programme runs year round and is open to all library staff across Cambridge. As everyone will deal with researchers and the research process in some capacity, the training is relevant to staff across all grades. We offer a workshops, roundtables, webinars and a growing bank of online training on a range of topics from Open Access, research metrics and data management to open licenses, metadata and presentation skills. This programme also includes the Wednesday Webinars series and our Research Support Handy Guides which can be acessed online and are available under a CC-BY licence.

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Research Support Ambassador Programme - this initative began as an annual intensive training course for library staff but is now available an an open educational resource. Containing six units covering the basics of scholarly communication, the programme aims to upskill library staff in the basics of research support. Although the content is aimed at academic librarians based in the UK any interested learners are welcome to take part. The resource can be used as an introduction to scholarly communication or individual units can be accessed as needed to refresh knowledge. All content is available under a CC-BY licence unless otherwise stated.

Other sources of training

Librarians in Training - offers a regular programme of short courses tailored to the needs of library staff. Training is open to all staff at Cambridge libraries.

Libraries@Cambridge - offering practical training in library processes and systems.

University Computing Service Training - offers regular instructor led and self-taught courses on a range of tools and applications.

Cambridge Personal and Professional Development - a range of instructor led and self-taught courses on both personal and professional skills. Eligibility criteria apply.


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