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Niche Academy Training

With Niche Academy you can learn how to use digital resources including Hoopla, Libby (OverDrive), Consumer Reports and NoveList. While the tutorials are helpful for library customers it is essential that staff are familiar with the tools so they can troubleshooting assistance.

Several Canadian public libraries and State Library organizations offer access to the tutorials and when you review what is available, please click on the categories within the tutorials to find instructions for your particular area of interest.

Connecticut State Library

The CT State Library provides professional development tutorials that will assist staff who work in different library departments including programming and community engagement.

Community Engagement

Addressing Homeless Issues


Niche Academy Webinar – On the go With Senior Services

Halifax Public Library

The focus of the Halifax Library tutorials is eResources such as Hoopla. Videos on digital skills including Microsoft applications and Google are also feeatured. Front-line staff will find great information on how to use the products on IOS, Android and other devices.

OverDrive|Libby – eBooks, Audiobooks, and More

hoopla – Audiobooks, eBooks, Music, and Video

Ancestry Library Edition – Access Genealogical Records

Peace Library System

The staff site features videos to learn about eResources as well as watch webinar recordings and tutorials on the basics of social media platforms such as Facebook. 

The patron site offers more tutorials on eResources.

State Library of Oregon

Staff Training Tutorials – Covering topics such as customer service, public service, reference, and technology.

Patron-focused Tutorials – For common library products including OverDrive and Mango Languages, as well as tutorials on research essentials.

Courtesy of the State Library of Oregon, the following customer-focused tutorials for common library products and databases (e.g. OverDrive and Mango Languages) as well as tutorials on research essentials can be accessed for free. The tutorials are made available via the Niche Academy platform.

Tutorial Name – Click on the Green Icon Button for the Tutorial


Academic OneFile
Ancestry Library Edition
Axis 360
Chilton – Auto Repair
Comics Plus Library Edition
Consumer Reports
Demographics Now
Duolingo Languages
Freegal Music
Learning Express Library
Mango Languages
National Geographic Kids
NoveList Plus
Rocket Languages
Rosetta Stone
Testing and Education Reference Center
TumbleBook Library
Value Line

Research Tutorials

Research Essentials: Authoring Research Questions
Research Essentials: Better Search Techniques
Research Essentials: Finding the Right Sources

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