Oliver v5 Group Training is a fantastic professional development opportunity to learn from our expert trainers, develop your Oliver v5 skills, and find new ways to make the most of your library software.
It is also an opportunity to connect with other school library professionals to share ideas, network, and collaborate with the wider school library community.
Softlink runs Group Training sessions throughout the year, Australia-wide, at various host venues. While they represent great value for money, schools can further benefit from a discount by hosting a Group Training session at their school. If you would like to learn more about hosting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of courses available, dependent on host schools and level of interest.
To view course descriptions, click here.
If you would like to view the scheduled Group Training sessions, click here.
“I thought the PD session was great and I learnt heaps. Excited to get back to work and update Oliver! The Softlink Trainer was great too.”
Sharon Corkin, Library Assistant, Roma Mitchell Secondary College
“Both sessions were fabulous! The Softlink Trainer obviously was well versed with the system and presented extremely well. He was very helpful with all questions raised.”
Karen Saxby, Library Assistant, St John’s Grammar School – Belair
“This is my first year using Oliver. As I have learned more, I have grown to like more of its features. The webinars, Softlink community site and Group Training sessions have also been a valuable way to learn more, and I have always received good support over the phone.”
Monica Altmann, Teacher Librarian, Faith Lutheran College Redlands
For this blog post, we spoke with Russell McGrath, Softlink Education Training Manager about these sessions, what attendees like most about them, and tips for getting the most out of a Group Training session.
I’ve presented hundreds, (possibly thousands) of training sessions since I started at Softlink. If you’ve been a Softlink customer for a while, you may even remember attending my OASIS, Alice, and Oliver v3 courses.
Group Training is very popular, and there are plenty of reasons why attendees find these sessions so valuable.
Firstly, it’s effective. In a single training session you can really improve the way you use your Oliver v5 system and find out new ways you could be using it. For me, it’s extremely satisfying to hear how people will use various aspects of Oliver v5 functionality when they return to their library.
It’s also a great networking opportunity. Attendees find value in sharing ideas and experiences, both about Oliver v5 and about library work in general. Before and after training and during breaks, participants enjoy discussing day-to-day resource-centre issues, such as time allocations, budgets, computer labs, IT staff, teaching staff, and of course, student library activities … sometimes Group Training sounds and feels a little like “group therapy”!
Another advantage to Group Training is that it can offer you a fresh perspective. Yes, you may have been using the system for a while, but is there a better way of performing some tasks? There may be gaps in your knowledge, and there are often shortcuts or alternative ways of achieving the results you need. Often, there’s just a simple step that could save you lots of time, or new features may have been introduced with upgrades and you haven’t discovered them yet.
Editor’s note: this post was originally published in July 2017 and was updated for freshness, relevance and accuracy in August 2023.