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Cambridge Librarians


Alma training sessions & Cataloguing training
For further details, see Alma Training webpage. Courses booking available through the central University Training webpages.

Librarians in Training 
A coordinated initiative that aims to offer a regular programme of short courses, open to all library staff within Cambridge University. There is also a Cambridge Librarians in Training blog. Courses booking available through the central University Training webpages

libraries@cambridge training courses (archive)
The courses@cambridge interface was used to manage bookings for courses run by libraries@cambridge and Libraians in Training. It was discontinued in Michaelmas 2018. Current bookings information is given in the two entries listed immediately above.

Library Staff Development
The information regarding Library Staff Development is now available from

The Research Skills Programme 
The sessions include orientation sessions for new users with links to resources and sessions for librarians of the University Library, use of the Newton on-line catalogue and use of electronic resources (general and subject based). This site also includes links to lists of courses run by the Squire Law Library and the Medical Library.

Centre for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) 
The Web pages of the Personnel Division list the Staff Development Course programme as well as development opportunities available to staff.

University Information Service Courses
The University Information Service (UIS) offers a range of training courses for staff (and students) covering use of the World Wide Web, email, and PC software (including word processing, spreadsheets and databases).

Penumbra Shadowing Scheme 
Penumbra is an informal shadowing scheme set up by a handful of Cambridge libraries. The aim is to provide opportunities for members of library staff to gain an insight into the roles of others and to understand how these roles fit into library services overall. Further details about the scheme and the placements available are available at:

Supporting Researchers in the 21st Century Program
The Office of Scholarly Communication offers training to library staff at all levels across the University in all aspects of scholarly communication. A regular programe offers training and support in areas such as copyright, Open Access, Research Data Management and Altmetrics.

Research Support Ambassador Program
The Research Support Ambassador Program provides a specialised training opportunity for interested library staff to allow them to become the local expert on scholarly communication issues.

23 Things - Cambridge
The first '23 Things' programme for Cambridge was held over the summer of 2010. Also know as 'Cam23' the programme was based on the original 23 Things concept created by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, USA and the Oxford University 23 Things programme. The 23 Things concept involves a self-directed course to introduce participants to web 2.0 technologies. The Cambridge version was designed for Cambridge library staff and was a great success. It was followed by the 2011 'Cam23 2.0' programme and 23 Things for Professional Development: