Temperatures may have been cold at the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, but librarians were eager to sign up for a hot new Librarian Certification Program from Mendeley. While in the Southern Hemisphere, ALIA Information Online attendees in summertime Sydney thought Mendeley certification sounded like a cool opportunity.
As a free reference manager and academic social network, Mendeley offers researchers and scholars tools to store, cite and annotate papers; collaborate with the scholarly community; and promote their work. These users — who now number 4 million worldwide — are turning to librarians for guidance on how to use these tools both in their work and to expand their research collaboration network.
Librarians in turn asked Mendeley for training that would deepen their Mendeley knowledge and expertise. “Mendeley provides regular product updates through its newsletter, blog and various training resources — we even try to provide on-site visits when possible,” says Mendeley Global Director Jennifer Chang. “But increasingly, the demand for training around the world has been far greater than our potential to provide adequate coverage. So we knew we needed to come up with a better solution for our librarian advocates.”
Program structure and content
The self-paced online program covers Mendeley functionality, how to demonstrate Mendeley, and how to promote it to users. The entire program, including videos, tutorials, and assessments, takes between 15 and 20 hours to complete.
Mendeley Librarian Certification Program Overview
||Learn about Mendeley functionality
||Join “Certified Librarians” Mendeley group with premium-access upgrade, early previews upcoming product releases
||Receive Mendeley promotional material valued up to $250
||Receive one-year Mendeley upgrade for 500 users at their institution
||Stay abreast of new topics relevant to Mendeley usage
||Maintain access and upgrade
Currently offered in English only, curriculum in other languages will be available later this year.
Once librarians have completed all three levels of certification, their institution receives a free premium Mendeley upgrade for up to 500 of their users for the current calendar year. The upgrade includes:
- Increase in personal library size for each user, from 2 GB to 5 GB
- Increase in group storage, from 100 MB to 20 GB
- Increase in private group size, from three to 25 members
- Increase in number of private groups, from one to unlimited
This upgrade is renewable each year if the librarian completes an annual refresher, which includes four to six hours of webinars covering product updates and the latest scholarly topics.
About 30 librarians from a cross-section of research institutions (both small and large, academic and government) in the US, Canada and the UK enrolled in a pilot certification program to help fine-tune the curriculum and troubleshoot any questions and issues on assessment criteria. Due to the feedback, live interactions were increased within the program to provide more consistent engagement and encouragement, especially for new users.
How to join the Mendeley Certification Program for Librarians