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The Maryland State Library (MSL) has purchased a license to Ryan Dowd's "Librarian's Guide to Homelessness" training package through Niche Academy. The license includes the Core Training and stand-alone webinars. Access to the training package is available through Oct. 31, 2021. (The license may be renewed.)

Core Training

Information excerpted from the MSL Announcement:

"The total training time including activities is approximately 4 hours, but the training is presented in short video clips that make it easy to participate over time. Niche Academy tracks your progress so you can simply pick up where you left off.

Public Library Staff can earn contact hours (CE Credit = 4 hours) by completing the training. You will need to document your participation by completing the Downloadable Notes and successfully passing the Quiz at 94%.  Both can be printed while participating in the training. The staff development coordinator in your library system oversees the approval process for this course."

Recordings of Homeless Training Institute Premium Webinars, which build upon the core training, are also available through Niche Academy.


From the MSL announcement:

You will need to create a Niche Academy account with username and password so that you are officially enrolled in the training. You can get an account and start your training from this URL:

Questions? Contact Nini Beegan, Maryland State Library,

This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act Administered by the Maryland State Library.