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Continuing Education opportunities for all NC Library staff

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This page contains information about learning resources that are self-paced or self-directed.  It also includes tutorials on topics of interest to the NC library community. 

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Self-paced Learning Opportunities


File Naming: A four-part video series (~10 minutes)

File naming is an easy first step to long term preservation. Learn why you should care, and some easy steps to keep your files organized.

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Introduction to CINCH: A free digital preservation tool for North Carolina libraries (7:26 minutes)

A short tutorial that introduces CINCH, the Capture, INgest, CHecksum tool developed by the State Library of North Carolina to help libraries and archives collect and process born-digital files on the internet in accordance with digital preservation best practices. For more information, visit

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Saving your Facebook data (6:27 minutes)

This video walks you through how and why you should save your Facebook profile, posts, photos and videos. This video, designed for a general audience, is part of the State Library of North Carolina's "Inform U" series.

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An introduction to NCpedia (4:24 minutes)

NCpedia highlights North Carolina's unique resources, people and culture to enrich, educate and inform.

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NC Newspaper Locator: Quick research tips! (2:57 minutes)

Newspapers are important resources for genealogy and history researchers. The North Carolina Newspaper Locator can help you narrow your search to microfilmed newspapers held at the State Library's Government and Heritage Library. Learn how the tool can help you find newspapers published in cities and/or counties in a particular year or range of years.

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Self-Paced Courses

The State Library of North Carolina offers access to Skillsoft through our partnership with WebJunction. This learning management system provides access to online self-paced courses and instructional videos. There are thousands of available resources on topics that range from using Microsoft Office and Windows to leadership essentials and creating budgets.

Haven’t tried it yet?  Get started by….

Requesting an Account

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Register link near the bottom of the page.
  3. Complete all fields of the registration form, making sure to select State Library of North Carolina as your sponsor.
  4. Affirm and submit the registration form. You will receive an email acknowledging your request.
  5. Within two business days, your account will be reviewed and when it is an approved, you will receive an email notification.
  6. Once approved, you can log in and start learning!

Using SkillPort

  • After logging in, you will be on the home page. To find learning opportunities, click on The Library link at the top of the screen to browse the courses, videos and job aids. 
  • You can also use the Search function at the top of the page to search all of the available content.
  • A course, video or job aid can be launched directly from Search or the Catalog listings, or you can add it to your Learning Plan to come back to later. The Learning Plan allows you to create a personal learning plan of the courses you wish to take.
  • Once you begin using the courses, you can print certificates of completion and reports of your learning history in the Learning Transcript section. Here you will see both courses you have launched and are still working on, as well as courses you have completed.

Happy Learning!

Please contact Lauren Clossey, Continuing Education Consultant, with questions.

Continuing Education Consultant

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