Developed by staff of the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the free, online Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program provides basic library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science.
ABLE has been providing library basics for library staff world-wide since 1998. Over 5,000 ABLE Course Completion Certificates have been printed and distributed to individuals in 32 countries.
These courses are organized into 3 key topical areas, Collection Development, Technical Services, and Public Services. You may complete each course individually, and upon completing all three full sequences of the ABLE program, any learner may request a program completion certificate from the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
No registration is required.
ALA’s Divisions and Offices have developed online learning offerings in their areas of specialization. Use the left navigation to browse all offerings available from the specified unit.
The online learning courses for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.
ALA Publishing Booklist’s free webinar series offers multiple programs each month. Booklist editors host leading practitioners, authors, and publishers’ representatives on a variety of topics, offering immediate tips, tools, resources, and new ideas for collection development and readers’-advisory work.
Industry experts lead these sponsored, 60-minute interactive free presentations, which cover topics like digital publishing, research trends, and open access.
Booklist webinars are free, one-hour sessions geared towards exploring forthcoming titles from the publishing industry and trends in librarianship.
The Partnership of provincial and territorial library associations of Canada offers members of our associations the opportunity to invest in personal career development through a formal program to plan, document and report your professional development and learning activities
The Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) Program is a national program
As a CEC program participant you will:
- Plan and document your learning and professional development by activity type and subject areas;
- Collect points annually, based on learning activities, over the program period of three years;
- Connect with volunteer mentors for guidance and discussion on your learning and career development;
- Receive a certificate of completion and a full record of your learning activities.
The Connecticut State Library maintains a list of free webinars from the library community.
Get practical advice from experts on the top-of-mind issues facing today’s libraries. All webinars are free.
Bowse what’s on and book an upcoming session.
Browse through the list of all Education Institute webinars and courses, past and present.
Free webinars for library staff.
Infopeople is part of the Califa Group. a nonprofit consortium of more than 230 libraries committed to unleashing the impact of libraries. Infopeople provides library staff quality continuing education opportunities that are tailored to library needs and developed by experienced library professionals. Training formats include 2-6 week asynchronous online courses, as well as free one-hour webinars. The listing includes archived webinars upcoming online training courses.
Junior Library Guild is a book subscription service and they offer free on-demand webcasts on topics such as book talks.
Register for online courses, tutorials and webinar recordings. Start learning right away and learn at your own pace. Register for in-person workshops and live webinars to learn from experts and network with peers.
Library 2.0 offers a webinar series and there are also archived recordings on topics that are focused on the digital age.
Upcoming online courses presented by Library Journal.
Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development workshops for librarians and other library staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills. The curriculum is designed by librarians with a focus on skills that are in demand in the profession, rather than the academic tradition of library education that tends to address other priorities.
Library Learning Online has self-paced training for library staff available any time they need it. Formerly known as SABLE, Library Learning Online is being expanded to include more topics reflecting the wide scope of skills and knowledge required in today’s libraries.
The current courses being offered are Countdown to Coding, Early Childhood Services’, Library Services for Children, Ages 6-12, and Young Adult Services.
LibraryWorks webinars assist administrators and managers in all types of libraries as they deal with day-to-day and strategic challenges. Timely, topical and interactive, the webinars are conducted by highly regarded professionals in the field and focus on leadership, management, evaluation, assessment, marketing, funding, and more to promote organizational success.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries offers tutorials for online databases including Ebscohost, Novelist, World Book, and many more.
Library Leadership & Management Association upcoming online courses and webinars.
The Public Library Association’s on-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience.
The Public Library Association’s calendar of upcoming webinars.
The American Library Association Public Programs Office’s calendar of upcoming events and past webinars.
Upcoming webcasts presented by the School Library Journal.
Volunteer Match calendar of upcoming webinars. The courses are offered free of charge.
WebJunction Course Catalog lists library-specific courses and webinar recordings are available for free to all library workers and volunteers.
Join us for free webinars that allow you to meet and learn from library leaders and practitioners. Anyone who has an internet connection can attend and participate in a WebJunction webinar! The webinars are all recorded and made available for you to watch in the WebJunction Course Catalog.
WebJunction’s recordings from previous webinars.
The calendar lists courses from many organizations that offer library staff training.
The Young Adult Libray Service Association offers eCourses, self-paced professional learning, and webinars.