About LED

The Library Education & Development Program (formerly known as the Training Office) is an initiative that is supported by the University Libraries' Dean. The Library Education & Development Office is organizationally part of the Planning & Branch Operations Department but supports education and professional development for all library employees. The purpose of the program is to provide the employees of the University Libraries with opportunities to acquire new skills for currently held positions as well as for professional development.

This initiative also supports the University Libraries in our mission of being prepared to respond to the constantly changing information needs of a diverse clientele. Through annual needs assessments, the LED program is designed to help support the University Libraries' Strategic Plan.

Target Population
University Libraries faculty and staff are encouraged to attend courses. Students employed by University Libraries will receive training from their unit supervisors.

LED will seek to invite the campus community to appropriate training events, such as webinars. As part of our outreach efforts, LED will work to establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with area colleges and universities.

STEP is a program designed to give staff the opportunity to earn technology rewards by attending training sessions. It was developed in response to the 2011 employee climate survey. Here are the basic guidelines for the program:

  • Maximum of 10 to 15 staff per fiscal year can participate.
  • Staff may complete the program every four years.
  • Accumulation of 13 hours of training will result in a single choice of a level 2 reward.
    • Rewards for completing 13 hours of training are valued up to $700
  • Accumulation of 22 hours of training will result in a single choice of a level 1 reward.
    • Rewards for completing 22 hours of training are valued over $700

STEP Process

To participate in the program you must submit an application to declare your intent. On this application you have to indicate which amount of hours you plan to complete. You also need to have supervisor and director approval to participate.

Once you submit the application you will need to plan out your courses and choose which reward you would like. Here are the steps that you need to do to complete the program:

  1. Fill out the Step Application Form
  2. Study all the training opportunities
  3. Choose your reward
  4. Submit reward choice to Scott Fralin.
  5. Attend the introductory meeting
  6. Complete your self-directed training rewards program
  7. Submit your tracking spreadsheet and proof of completion of each training session to the training coordinator in order to receive your reward.
  8. The working group will order your reward and will contact you when it is in.

Training Opportunities

  • Lynda.com
  • Networked Learning Initiatives
  • In-house library training
  • University Organizational and Professional Development
  • Diversity Development Institute
  • Cross Training with other library departments (must be approved hours by both directors)
  • Other options will be considered

Example tracks

13 hours - focus on design

  • Lynda - Developing Ideas and Design Concepts, 1.5 hours
  • UOPD Adobe Photoshop CS5, 8 hours
  • In-house training, 1.5 hours
  • Lynda - Design Aesthetics for Web Design, 2 hours

22 hours - improving your work experience

  • UOPD Listening Skills, 8 hours
  • In-house training - job related, 1 hour
  • In-house training - job related, 1 hour
  • UOPD Time Management, 8 hours
  • Diversity Development Institute, Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World, 4 hours


Level 2, < $700, requires 13 hours of training - Examples Include:

  • iPad mini
  • iPad 4
  • Kindle Fire HD
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Acer Aspire 11.6 inch latop
  • Samsung chromebook
  • New monitor
  • Color laser printer
  • other*

Level 1, > $700, requires 22 hours of training - Examples Include:

  • Macbook Air
  • Macbook Pro
  • other*

* if there is something you would like that is not on this list get in touch with Scott Fralin to see if the item you’d like can be supported by ITS


Welcome to Networked Learning Initiatives (NLI), an exciting re-visioning of the Faculty Development Institute (FDI). Aligning with the university’s new strategic plan and with the evolutionary coalescing of several award-winning units into Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), NLI emerges from FDI-a long-standing signature program for faculty development at Virginia Tech—with a new name and some new directions.

Professional Development

The Networked Learning Initiatives (NLI) is a centralized, cross-discipline professional development program available to all Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students. NLI hosts 100s of sessions and special events throughout the academic year, as well as a limited enrollment program in the summer (Computer Refresh Program participants only). These offerings are designed and delivered by entities across the university, such as the University Libraries, Advanced Research Computing, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, Security, and more. We offer topics intended for general and specialized audiences, as well as options for consultation sessions.

Our sessions are designed to inspire and support development of knowledge and skills in a range of applications, tools, and methods in a variety of disciplines. We encourage a “do, reflect, connect” approach to learning—that is practice, reflect on practice, and connect with colleagues to develop communities of practice. Learn more about our curriculum.

We are excited about NLI and we invite you to stay tuned this year as Networked Learning Initiatives continues its transformation!

Computer Refresh Program

NLI is also home to the university’s Faculty Computer Refresh Program. We partner with colleges to provide new computers, every four years, to eligible full-time teaching faculty, in conjunction with completion of NLI offerings. Learn more abut the Faculty Computer Refresh Program.