Click University Offers Free Online Courses to Help Members Thrive in Bad Economy

Greetings from Savannah Georgia! We have some great news to share with you… 

Effective today, Click University will offer free online courses as an exclusive benefit to SLA members.  The free programming encompasses all non-certificate online courses that are part of SLA’s Click University, including Click U Live! monthly webinars, Click U Live! recorded sessions, and self-paced courses  Also available to members without charge are execuBooks, recorded Annual Conference continuing education courses, 23 Things, the SLA Innovation Lab and SLA Leadership Training. Courses offered through Click U at the SLA Annual Conference and through the Click U Certificate Programs will remain as fee-based offerings.

“During bad economic times, it is especially important that our members continue to master new information and technology to stay competitive,” said  SLA CEO Janice R. Lachance.

All professional development programs from SLA are offered under the auspices of Click U, which is beginning its fifth full year as an exclusive member benefit. Click U provides 24-hour access to learning opportunities and includes training on general business skills as well as SLA-produced courses tailored to the needs of information professionals. 

 

 “If we want employers to have a competitive edge, information professionals must stay sharp and be innovative, and that means continuous learning,” Lachance continued. “SLA provides these tools for success through Click U, and offering them as a benefit of membership will make them accessible to all of our members, regardless of their economic circumstances."

Following a unanimous approval vote by the 2009 SLA Board of Directors on Wednesday, 2009 SLA

President Gloria Zamora announced this decision to an appreciative audience and thunderous applause from 250 SLA leaders during this morning’s opening address of the SLA Leadership Summit. Zamora said, “I know you are thinking that it is counter-intuitive to be turning away revenue during a sagging economy, however increasing the value of SLA membership during this period of global economic turmoil should have an immediate and positive impact on our members. By including portions of Click U as part of your membership, we are providing you with a tool which enables you to enrich your marketable skills and become a more valuable asset to your employers.”

Beginning on January 22, SLA members will also be able to access everything within Click U using a single sign-in on the SLA home page, making access to the first and only online learning community focusing on continuing professional education for knowledge professionals fast, free and easy.

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