Julia Huprich is the director of training and continuing education for the Georgia Public Library Service, the state-level library administrative agency providing programs, services, funding opportunities, and support for Georgia’s public libraries. In this role she leads the efforts to provide training for over 4,000 public library employees across the state, partnering with local training staff to develop and deliver face-to-face/instructor-led training as well as online learning opportunities. She is also responsible for the development of our innovative and cost-effective learning management system, the Learning Center, which is serving as a model for other state-level library agencies across the country.
Before joining GPLS, Julia served as the head of the digital services and communications department at the Cobb County Public Library System, where she developed learning opportunities for staff and patrons for maximum adoption and diffusion of technological innovations. One of her projects was the Cobb GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) program, which was designed to introduce girls to STEM careers and programming concepts; this program has expanded each year and over 150 girls have now participated.
Julia is a dedicated learning and development professional who’s truly passionate about her work. She has a wide range of experience in libraries, training, software acquisition and integration, research, social media, web development, content management, and public relations.
Her current research focuses on microlearning, the impact of training on technology acceptance, and the perceived effectiveness of e-learning… At the end of the day, she just really loves learning new things.