Classroom Learning

Training Organizations

This page contains information relating to organizations that provide library staff development.

Staff development is a term used to describe job-related continuing education of staff in an organization. Other terms used interchangeably are professional development, education and training.

Click on each organization for more information about webinars and learning opportunities. Teh lists


ALA Units Online Learning

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded on October 6, 1876, during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

Check back regularly to view new learning opportunities.

New Online Learning

Courses for all of ALA’s Units are available from this page.

Online Learning News

Information and updates on ALA’s online training and courses.

On-Demand Webinars

The on-demand webinars are listed from most recent to oldest. Free on-demand webinars in this topic are denoted with a green “Free!” icon below the title. See PLA On-Demand Webinars for general information about our on-demand webinars and a list of available topics.

On-Demand Webinars

GCF LearnFree Training

For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

GCF’s learning tutorials are available from their website and YouTube and

Florida Library Webinars

The Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services offers free recorded webinars for anyone in the library community to view. The training is focused on technology skills, customer service and other personal and professional development.

On Demand By Subject

The complete list of webinars is available from the Florida Library Webinars website.

Infopeople Webinars

Infopeople is 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 Infopeople model provides a breadth of training topics and a depth of training expertise greater than any single library or library agency, no matter how large, could provide. Infopeople training is open to all members of the library community – academic, public, school, and special.

To view the full list of upcoming training events click here.

Kentucky Department for Libraries Archived Webinars

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) offers free webinars that do not require registration. Topic areas include Employee Management, Readers’ Advisory, Summer Reading and Children and Youth Services.

Click on the topic area for a list of the webinars:

Library Journal

As libraries have adapted, we have been there all the way–leading the profession forward by identifying trends on the brink of impact, surfacing best practices and innovations to invest in, identifying emerging leaders, sharing important news and perspectives that shape the field, guiding purchasing decisions, acting as an advocate for librarians and libraries–leading the field through the great changes and innovations required to keep libraries strong. Each day we build on this storied tradition by fueling the innovation engine at the center of every community–your library.

We can’t think of a community that doesn’t rely on its library, and we can’t think of a better mission than having everyone at those libraries — town, city, campus, school students–rely on Library Journal and School Library Journal to help them inform learning, inspire kids to read, spark the inquisitive impulse and instill a lifelong love of reading—all the while building the community’s capacity to thrive and spurring economic development.

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Library Juice Academy

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. Emphasis is on student interaction with instructors and with each other, supported by a variety of class assignments and reading materials. The instructors are librarians and LIS faculty who have developed specialized knowledge in the subjects they teach. Our workshops earn Continuing Education Units, and are intended as professional development activities.

Library Juice Academy offers a number of certificate programs that enable you to gain and show evidence of mastery of a subfield of librarianship. Although not accredited by an outside institution, they are widely recognized as a marker of significant knowledge and advanced skills.

New courses are added regularly so check back for the latest course offerings. The complete course catalog is available here.

Nebraska Library Commission

Per state statute, the Commission is responsible for the statewide promotion, development and coordination of library services. In fulfilling these functions the Commission works with all types of libraries – public, school, college and university, special and institutional libraries.

The Library Commission, as the state library agency, administers the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) state program in Nebraska. LSTA funds support Library Commission programs and services that address LSTA program purposes and priorities.

The Commission’s primary services include:

  • Library Development
    • Continuing Education and Training
    • Youth Services
    • Librarian and Board Certification
    • Library Accreditation

For more information on development and training opportunities click on the links below.

Free Webinars

Weekly webinar series hosted by Christa Porter focusing on library-related topics and discussions:

Upcoming NCompass Live (Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. CST)

NCompass Live is the Nebraska Library Commission’s weekly webinar series, covering a variety of library activities and topics. The show is free and open to anyone to watch.

NCompass Live is broadcast live, every Wednesday, from 10 am – 11 am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from “U.S.A – Nebraska – Lincoln”.

These one-hour sessions are hosted by Christa Porter, the NLC’s Library Development Director, every Wednesday at 10:00 AM (CT) and include a mixture of presentations, interviews, book reviews, Web tours, mini-training sessions, and Q & A sessions presented by NLC staff and guest speakers. Attendees ask questions and participate in the show via VoIP, using their own microphone, or in the live text chat.

NCompass Live Archives

NCompass Live archived recordings are available free for anyone to watch. Registration for a live show is not required to view the archived recording. All NCompass Live recordings work on both PC and Mac computers.

Free Online Learning and Courses

The Commission maintains a list of organizations that offer free online learning. From collection development to technology, online learning opportunities will assist library staff to provide excellent public service.

Digital Literacy Guidebook

Many individual libraries do not have the time or resources to tackle everything, for every age group and experience level. This guide will use a combination of worksheets, planning guides and curated resources to help you narrow focus to a specific target audience, identify which digital skills you would like to tackle and prioritize what is feasible based upon time, staff comfort level, and available resources.

Video Learning

Many of the recorded sessions are useful for libraries of all sizes and types. From front-line staff to directors, the learning videos offer useful information and new ways to provide solutions for library-related issues.

Niche Academy Training

We deliver immediately accessible online training. We do this with less overhead for learners, instructors, and administrators than you’ll find with any other learning platform on the planet.

Niche Academy provides tutorials and online learning tools specifically for the needs of public libraries.

To view upcoming and archived webinars click here.

NoveList Webinars

NoveList has been helping readers find their next favorite book for more than 20 years, and continues to develop innovative solutions for connecting readers, books, and libraries. By helping libraries help readers, NoveList empowers libraries to engage and inspire their communities.

To view upcoming webinars click here. Past webinars can be viewed on YouTube.

OverDrive

Fit learning into your busy schedule with access to on-demand training modules, downloadable PDFs, upcoming webinars, and tools to educate your staff and end users any time of day or night.

Upcoming Webinars

For help with OverDrive’s products and services register for these free learning events.

On-Demand Webinars

Fit learning into your busy schedule with access to on-demand training modules, downloadable PDFs, upcoming webinars, and tools to educate your staff and end users any time of day or night.

How-To Videos

What would you like to learn about? Training on Libby, Marketplace and Apps for library staff.

Training Kits

Want to host your own training session? Looking for patron resources? Browse our Training Kits to use with your staff or library community.

PCI Webinars

With current and ex-library staff members located throughout the USA, PCI Webinars has one simple mission: To be the leading provider of quality webinars and online programming for library employees and library organizations.

PCI Webinars serves individuals, public and academic libraries, regional library systems, library consortiums and state libraries providing quality live and on-demand programming from some of the most respected experts in our profession.

PCI offers Free On-Demand Webinars and Live Webinars.

Public Library Association (PLA)

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world.

Upcoming Live Learning

PLA offers live learning events that are of interest to all public libraries. For the schedule of events click here.

On-Demand Online Learning

On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience.

Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries. Many of PLA’s on-demand webinars are free, each denoted with a green “Free!” icon below the title.

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is a division of the American Library Association.  RUSA serves all types of libraries in reference, user services, adult readers advisory and collection development as well as resource sharing, genealogy and archives, business reference and reference technology.

RUSA has six specialty sections that are free to RUSA members: BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section), CODES (Collection Development and Evaluation Section) HS (History Section), ETS (Emerging Technologies Section), RSS (Reference Services Section) and STARS (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section).

Upcoming Online Learning

RUSA offers multiple online professional development opportunities year-round that are open to the public.

Whether you want to acquire new skills or sharpen your current skills, RUSA’s online courses and webinars offer convenient and flexible learning opportunities on both basic and advance topics.

Basic topics may include the reference interview and readers’ advisory to name a few. For advanced topics we dive into specialty areas such as business reference and genealogy among others. RUSA members qualify for discounted registration rates including discounts on group registrations.

Recorded Webinars

As we continue to adjust to our new normal and you find yourself a little disconnected, we invite you to listen and catch up with these complimentary RUSA Webinars. The title, description and link to the recordings are listed below.

School Library Journal

School Library Journal is the premiere publication for librarians and information specialists who work with children and teens. A source of quality journalism and reviews for more than 60 years, SLJ produces award-winning features and news coverage on: literacy, best practices, technology, education policy and other issues of interest to the school library and greater educator community. We evaluate a broad range of resources, from books and digital content to databases, in 6000+ reviews published annually.

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TechBoomers Training

Techboomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life.

Techboomers has over 100 free courses with thousands of step-by-step tutorials and informational articles that can help you learn anything and everything about the Internet’s most popular websites and apps. Check out our full range of courses, or jump down to any category that interests you!

Courses can be found on their website and YouTube.

 Texas State Library Webinars

Join your colleagues at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for free webinars. Unless otherwise noted, the webinars are free of charge and open to anyone in the library field, however, some Webinars may be specific to Texas.

The Commission provides a FAQ and detailed instructions on using the GoToWebinar platform.

The Upcoming Webinars are located on their site.

The Archived Webinars are categorized by topic areas. Click on a subject area below for the full list of webinars for that topic:

WebJunction Webinars

WebJunction builds the knowledge, skills and confidence of library staff to power strong libraries that are the heart of vibrant communities. A program of <a title=”OCLC Research” href=”https://www.oclc.org/research.html”>OCLC Research</a>, WebJunction is free and welcome to all libraries to use, regardless of size, type or location.

Webinars are one-hour live online training events on hot topics in libraries. You watch and listen to the presentation over the internet, chat with the presenters and other attendees—all from the comfort of your desk. If you are unable to attend the live session—no problem! We record every presentation for you to watch at your convenience.

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 catalog of courses and webinar recordings on library topics is now open to all library staff and volunteers. A certificate of completion is provided after you have completed any course or webinar you enrol in from the catalog. Go to the WebJunction Course Catalog.

The upcoming webinar calendar can be found here.

WebJunction Past Webinars

The archive of webinars is free to library staff. The topic areas include collection management, reference, planning, technology and other library services.