On June 10, 2013, GPLS began exclusive pre-registration for GLEAN for public library systems. Library directors were asked to submit basic employee information to me via a CSV file, and I in turn would batch upload these users into the GLEAN system. Since the opening of pre-registration through this morning, eight library systems have been added to GLEAN, accounting for 500+ new accounts. I’d like to see us hit at least 1,000 by our July 1 launch date.
We also have two suburban library systems in the metro Atlanta area that have decided to utilize GLEAN as their internal learning management system (LMS). An LMS is a software platform that allows organizations to automate or more easily administer many aspects of a formal, enterprise-wide training program, such as managing class registrations and rosters, assigning mandatory learning activities to employees, evaluating training initiatives, and running reports. I plan to document and share best practices and lessons learned from those implementations in a post later this year.
And no worries to the rest of our friends in the Georgia library community — we should be able to allow the following personnel to self-register for GLEAN accounts beginning on July 15:
- Employees of academic libraries that serve a not-for-profit Georgia college or university
- Employees of public school libraries/media centers in Georgia
- Employees of GALILEO
- Trustees of Georgia public library systems
- Library science students at Valdosta State University
The countdown to launch continues.