Available Until 7/11/2024

VA Library Network (VALNET) Orientation Program*

For more information, please contact Nancy Clark <nancy.clark@va.gov>.

This face-to-face course is intended to help new library managers acquire skills and knowledge needed to be effective VA managers. Orientation is generally at the location of the new manager and conducted by assigned mentor. Occasionally the class is offered in a group setting conducted by one or more mentors.Orientation is generally at the location of the new manager and conducted by assigned mentor. During COVID19, the course is being offered remotely due to restricted travel.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Orientation Program, the new manager will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the following areas: the Department of Veterans Affairs organizational structure; the structure, function, and significance of the VA Library Network (VALNET); VA fiscal structure including planning, requesting and tracking resources to exercise fiscal accountability; VA acquisition materiel management regulations, including technical processing and contracting; VA human resources policies and procedures; required reports, evaluative bodies and criteria including establishing and maintaining management information systems; educational resources available; the role of libraries in information management; the medical center management team including participating in all phases from planning through evaluation with an emphasis on change; and the operation of the VA library. 



8:00 – 9:30 Department of Veterans Affairs
9:30 – 9:45 Break
9:45 – 11:30 Fiscal Management
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
12:00 – 2:00 Acquisitions and Materiel Management 
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 4:15 Human Resources Management 
4:15 – 4:30 Daily wrap-up


8:00 – 10:00 General Management 
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:30 Reports and Reviews
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
12:00 – 1:00 Education
1:00 – 2:00 Information Management 
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 4:15 Library Programs and Services
4:15 – 4:30 Daily wrap-up


8:00 – 10:00 Library Programs and Services (continued)
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Discussion and overall wrap-up

MLA CE Credits
: 19