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Niche Academy to enhance patron training, access to electronic resources

GPLS News, August 2016

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Niche Academy, an Orem, Utah-based company that provides patron training for the many electronic resources provided by public libraries, began providing its online instructional tools for use in all of Georgia’s public libraries on Aug. 1.

GPLS, through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Library Services and Technology Act, is working with each public library system in Georgia to launch Niche Academy’s suite of services, which includes online courses for patrons, video introductions, staff training resources and social media tools.

“Niche Academy’s mission of providing tutorials for our valuable electronic resources is just one reason that we’re looking forward to working with them,” said Julia Huprich, director of training and continuing education for GPLS. “We know that their services will highlight and positively impact the great work that’s being done in Georgia’s libraries. We anticipate that our public libraries will see an increased growth in the usage of their resources as a result of patrons and employees having access to these professional, in-depth training modules.”

For more information on the full suite of tools and services being provided by Niche Academy, visit