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Budgeting for Libraries

This course will focus on roles of the board and staff in the budget preparation process, estimating revenues and expenditures, projection of ending fund balance, budget justification, and budget monitoring.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone working in library financial management including business managers, library directors and similar staff.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Governmental Accounting for Libraries

This course will introduce the participant to basic accounting concepts for governmental funds. Topics covered include the accounting equation, chart of accounts, double entry accounting, accounting systems and records, fund accounting, basis of accounting, payroll and benefit accounting, and a case study.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone working in library financial management including business managers, library directors and similar staff.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Internal Control for Libraries

This course will introduce the participant to the five components of internal controls: control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication and monitoring. Discussion will include the importance of internal controls for libraries including high risk areas libraries should consider. 

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone working in library financial management including business managers, library directors and similar staff.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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Payroll Administration for Libraries

This course will focus on the following topics important to the payroll process: Fair Labor Standards Act,  new employee documentation,  compensation calculation through the W-2 process, benefits including insurance and pensions, payroll taxes and remittances, payroll deductions, reporting and recording payroll, and internal controls related to payroll and payroll resources. 

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone working in library financial management including business managers, library directors and similar staff.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study 

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Purchasing for Libraries

This course will focus on topics important to the purchasing process from determining needs to receipt of purchased goods and services.  

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone working in library financial management including business managers, library directors and similar staff.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study 

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Writing Financial Policies

This course will focus on the policies important to libraries including Accounting and Financial Reporting, Budget, Revenue, Expenditures, Fund Balance, Capital Asset, Cash and Investments, and Purchasing.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone working in library financial management including business managers, library directors and similar staff.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study 

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Online Accounting for Capital Assets

This course will provide an overview of capital assets including the valuation, accounting, depreciation, and impairment.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting related of capital assets.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for developing or maintaining capital asset records.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Online Annual GAAP Update

This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental concepts in GAAP. 

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries financial management.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Online Essentials of Financial Management

This course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental concepts in government finance. 

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Online GASB 84: Practical Guidance for Accounting for Fiduciary Activities

This course is designed to provide an overview and practical guidance for implementing GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of fund accounting

Who Should Attend: This session is for anyone involved in preparing or auditing state and local financial statements

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Overview

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Online Internal Control for Payroll

Payroll is the most significant expenditure in a government's budget. As such, the process would benefit from a strong system of internal control. This online course will focus on the five components of internal control as related to the payroll process. At the end of this course, you will be able to define the payroll process, recall components and principles of internal control, and explain how creating and documenting a system of internal control can assist management in meeting payroll objectives.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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Online Open Meetings Open Records

This online course is designed to provide an overview of the Open Meetings Open Records laws and procedures for Georgia local governments. Final exam is required with a minimum score of 70%, one retest is allowed. Should you not pass the second attempt, you will be required to register for the course again. 

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of local government

Who should attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government in Georgia. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic 

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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Online Safeguarding Against Fraud

The purpose of this session is to provide a brief overview of the common types of fraud occurring within governments as well as provide the participant with tools to prevent and/or detect those frauds.

Prerequisites: None

Who Should Attend? This session is for anyone involved in state or local government, schools or libraries.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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Online Unwrapping The Audited Financial Statements: Financial Statement Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation

This course will focus on the financial analysis of a government's audited financial statements as a means to provide information on the entity's financial health to the governing body, and effective methods for presenting the annual audited financial statements to the jurisdiction's governing body.

Prerequisites: Knowledge in state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Who Should Attend? This session is for state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting professionals and others responsible for providing financial analysis.

Advance Preparation: None 

Program Level: Intermediate

Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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