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Non-Traditional Education – Part Two

Boosting Your Value Without Traditional Education – THE LIBRARY  

Your public library is a treasure trove of free information. Don’t overlook the following tremendous learning opportunities offered by your local library:

  1. Current periodicals (magazines, regularly published journals, newspapers). If you were to subscribe to these, they could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in subscription fees. Yet, at the library they’re free so take advantage of them!
  • Some of these professional periodicals – for instance, internationally acclaimed magazines for meeting planners, graphic designers, writers or life coaches – offer some of the best and most current information on best practices, new procedures, business management models, and more.
  1. Books in your field. As you delve into the topic of your choice, you’ll surely find books that offer excellent information. Purchasing every item on your book list could cost you hundreds of dollars, so make good use of your local library.
  • Not every book on your book list will be one that you’ll want to keep, instead, sign out the book, make notes of relevant information, and return the book when you’re done. That could be one less book gathering dust on your shelves.
  • Save your money for books that you’ll use frequently as reference.
  1. Professional advice. Your local library is staffed with professionals who have a wealth of knowledge about reference materials, local organizations and services that may be of interest and relevance to your learning needs.
  • Bring your queries and concerns about resources, topics, and learning options to your librarian. If your library is well staffed, you’ll end up saving yourself hours of searching and you may even pick up a few good shortcuts as well!
  1. A varied learning environment. Even though you may be choosing to educate yourself independently, that doesn’t mean that you should keep yourself sequestered in your home. Your tax dollars pay for your local, cozy library – so enjoy it!

I recommend reading this book to start this journey.

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