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Amigos to Observe Employee Learning Week December 7-11


By Larry Godwin - Posted on 30 November 2009

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November 30, 2009

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Amigos to Observe Employee Learning Week December 7-11

Dallas, TX – To increase awareness in the strategic value of learning in organizations, Amigos Library Services, in cooperation with the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), will observe Employee Learning Week December 7-11, 2009. The observance is an opportunity for organizations like Amigos to showcase the important link between developing employees’ skills and achieving organizational results.

Amigos will commemorate the week with reduced pricing for its online courses. Amigos members who register for online classes December 7-11 will receive a 25 percent discount off Amigos’ regular rates. The discount can be applied to Amigos’ courses scheduled from January through June 2010.

The Employee Learning Week discount is an opportunity for Amigos members to invest in staff development and stretch training budget dollars. Amigos training courses cover an array of topics important to libraries: from OCLC to the Internet, preservation to imaging, and reference and technical services to management and technology. For more information about the online courses offered by Amigos, go to http://www.amigos.org/?q=node/466.

ASTD research shows that organizations continue to invest in growing the knowledge and skills of their workforce. “Increasingly, business leaders realize that the most important asset in our knowledge economy is talent, and a skilled workforce is the key to realizing results,” said Tony Bingham, ASTD President and CEO. “We encourage all organizations to demonstrate their commitment to learning by recognizing Employee Learning Week.” Laura Kimberly, Manager of Continuing Education Services at Amigos, adds, “Libraries are places that do widely support and recognize learning for staff as well as patrons. This is one week in our hectic work schedules to recommit to the ideal of lifelong learning.”

To learn more about the Amigos observance of Employee Learning Week, contact Chris Brown, Amigos Registrar, at 1-800-843-8482, ext. 2829, or Brown@amigos.org. For more information about ASTD Employee Learning Week 2009, visit www.employeelearningweek.org, or email to elw@astd.org.

About ASTD
ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest association dedicated to the training and development field. ASTD’s members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in 130 U.S. chapters and with 30 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and as suppliers. For more information, visit www.astd.org

About Amigos Library Services
For more than 30 years, Amigos Library Services, www.amigos.org, has helped its members obtain affordable services and share library resources and knowledge. With over 700 members, Amigos is the largest consortium of libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the southwestern United States. Through membership in Amigos, libraries collectively gain access to the latest innovations and services in the library community; pursue opportunities for continuing professional education; leverage their buying power; and preserve the region’s rich cultural heritage. This collaboration strengthens each member’s ability to serve and lead its community in the creative and effective use of information resources. ###