Online Learning

Free public library advocacy training from PLA offers unique opportunity for interactive online education

CHICAGO — Registration has opened for the online summer session (week of July 9–week of August 13, 2012) of Turning the Page 2.0, a free advocacy training program for public libraries, developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

LLAMA webinar helps you develop a free online management system

CHICAGO —Library managers at all levels are discovering that the ever-expanding world of social media can be their most effective tool for communication, supervision and project management.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) presents “Online Management Systems: Wielding Web 2.0 Tools to Manage and Track Projects Collaboratively,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Learn to deliver effective young adult readers' advisory: new session of popular eCourse

CHICAGO —ALA Editions announces a new session of the popular eCourse Young Adult Readers' Advisory Services. Jennifer Thiele will faciliate this course, which will begin on July 16, 2012.

Learn to integrate iPads and tablets into your library in new eCourse

CHICAGO —ALA Editions announces a first-of-its-kind new facilitated eCourse that will show students how they can integrate iPads and other high-tech devices into their libraries for both staff and patron use. The course, iPads, Tablets, and Gadgets in the Library: Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation, will begin on July 2 and be taught by Virginia Tech Librarians Carolyn Meier, Rebecca Miller and Heather Moorefield-Lang.

New Web education offering from LITA

CHICAGO — The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is making available a new webinar, “Social Networking the Catalog: Community Based Approaches to Building Catalogs and Collections,” presented by Margaret Heller (Dominican University), to be held from 11 a.m. - noon CDT on June 7. This presentation will introduce the Read/Write Library Chicago, a new model for libraries that exists to illuminate and create connections between people, materials, and institutions in the city of Chicago.

Get tips on managing media with a free webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on May 31, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free live, hour-long webinar, “Managing Traditional and Social Media for Libraries,” covering the fundamentals of media planning and outreach—including social media—to prepare library staff to work with the media and generate attention that will support the library’s activities and advocacy efforts.

ALCTS presents two outstanding virtual preconferences in June

CHICAGO — Two virtual preconferences presented by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services take place in June prior to the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,Calif.

AASL webinar presents the power of care in the school library program

CHICAGO — The June 12 Knowledge Quest webinar, hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will focus on caring and its place in the school library program. Presented by Olga Nesi, the webinar “The Transformative Power of Care,” will look at how showing care can make school library programs stronger and help them become the heart of the school community. The webinar will begin at  7 p.m. To register, visit

Job advice workshop offered by ALSC on June 13

CHICAGO— On Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. Central, ALSC will offer a free online workshop for all students interested in children’s services. Getting Your First Library Job: Showcasing Skills and Packaging Passion features advice from Thom Barthelmess, curator, Butler Children’s Literature Center, Dominican University and Alison O’Reilly, director, Cutchogue (N.Y.) New Suffolk Free Library.

AASL e-Academy continues the learning throughout the summer

CHICAGO — Register now for one or more of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)  e-Academy courses scheduled through the end of summer. These four-week self-paced courses are designed to give participants 12 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field. Registration and course information are available at

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