ALA Online Learning Offerings by Unit
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.
ALA Publishing’s expanding role in online learning and professional development is all about meeting users’ needs wherever they are and whenever it’s convenient. We offer materials for professional development, improving library services, technology training, and the promotion of libraries, literacy, and reading—for all librarians in any type of library. ALA Publishing includes: Booklist Publications (including Booklist, Book Links, and Booklist Online); ALA Editions/ Neal-Schuman/ TechSource; ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions; RDA: Resource Description and Access; ALA Graphics; and American Libraries magazine and associated electronic products.
AASL offers online learning opportunities to meet the needs of busy school library professional. Monthly webinars, asynchronous courses, and an archive of online professional development through eCOLLAB are designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.
ACRL offers a number of online learning opportunities to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Stretch your professional development budget by participating in these affordable online learning courses and webcasts! Registration for all ACRL e-Learning online courses and Webcasts qualifies for the ACRL Frequent Learner Program. Register for three, get one free.
ALCTS offers numerous online learning opportunities to meet your needs. Scheduled throughout the year, ALCTS' webinars, web courses, and E-forums are affordable and timely. They cover all of technical services and more, including acquisitions, collection management, preservation, electronic resources, and cataloging. In May 2017, ALCTS also offers its first ever fully online virtual forum, the ALCTS Exchange.
ALSC offers a variety of quality online education courses every winter, spring, summer and fall, best suited for children’s librarians and other library staff whose primary duties include delivering library service to and advocating library service for children ages 0-14. All courses run between four and six weeks and are offered asynchronously (self-directed) in an online learning community using Moodle. ALSC also offers short (one-hour) interactive webinars that give librarians and library support staff the opportunity to learn right at their desks. The webinars are free and open to all, and are recorded and available in the archived webinars section of the ALSC website following the live presentation.
ASCLA's online courses and webinars focus on topics related to state and specialized libraries, prison libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants, accessibility, and outreach to underserved patrons. ASCLA members qualify for discounted registration rates including discounts on group registrations. ASCLA courses and webinars are open to the public.
The Finance & Accounting and Governance offices together with members of the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) created the online ALA Financial Learning Series to provide a basic understanding of ALA’s finances and how they impact all areas/units of the Association. These webcasts expand on and support the information provided at the ALA Finance Workshop, an education session held by BARC at each Midwinter Meeting. Note that additional offerings will be added as areas of interest are identified.
ITTS provides content management system training to member-volunteers, and occasional webinars in ALA technologies.
LITA’s webinars and online courses help you understand, plan for, and implement the right technology-related services to meet your library’s needs. Enhance your skills, get practical how-to information, and stay up-to-date on trends with our professional learning opportunities presented by experts from the field.
LLAMA’s highly-rated webinars, and soon-to-be-launched Leadership E-courses, feature topics on diverse areas of leadership and management. These include LLAMA’s 14 Foundational Leadership Competencies, as well as buildings and equipment, fundraising and financial development, human resources management, assessment, marketing communications, technology, and more.
The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services offers elearning opportunities to support library workers as they create responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent their communities. Through our elearning offerings, we strive to build a professional culture where equity, diversity, and inclusion are incorporated into everybody's everyday work.
The mission of the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is to facilitate the development of librarianship as a profession. One way we accomplish this is by focusing on education and learning programs. HRDR provides information on education and professional development in support of the principle of lifelong learning. We offer a variety of opportunities to assist library workers in their professional journeys —whether you are support staff, a new graduate, mid-level careerist, or an experienced professional. Our courses can be used to enhance your knowledge in specific areas or to help you gain certification in core areas.
OIF is the premier source of information and education concerning the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. Our online learning programs provide knowledge and practical advice for librarians and members of the general public who want to learn more about censorship, the First Amendment, collection diversity, filtering, meeting rooms, privacy, and other legal and policy issues that relate to access to information and to library resources.
PLA knows that as the role of public libraries keeps expanding, staff must constantly adapt and absorb new responsibilities. That’s why we’ve designed our e-learning offerings to help keep you a step ahead. We offer a variety of live and on-demand webinars in addition to online courses and workbooks.
Online learning opportunities from PPO can help you maximize the impact of your arts, humanities, STEM and community engagement programs with fresh resources, approaches and insights. Classes are free, and archived sessions may be viewed at any time.
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 topics, such as the reference interview and readers' advisory, and advanced topics, for which we dive into specialty areas such as business reference, genealogy, and content related to prison libraries. RUSA members qualify for discounted registration rates including discounts on group registrations.
United for Libraries offers specialized online training for library boards and support organizations, as well as library staff. Short Takes for Trustees features 10 short videos to show at board meetings, while the Trustee Academy series goes in-depth with comprehensive online courses. Webinars offer real-world tips and strategies for success as library directors work with trustees. United for Libraries members have free access to webinars on topics such as library advocacy at the state level and planned giving, while advocacy webinars on responding to a budget crisis and creating a campaign for your library are free and available to all.
Washington Office offers screencasts and documents that will help you lobby local and federal policy makers to work for libraries. Our offerings include materials on messaging, event logistics, media relations, government relations, and grassroots, coordinated measures that will help you get the message to power about how important libraries are and why they deserve governmental support.
YALSA offers several opportunities for online professional development that will meet your needs, your schedule, and your budget. YALSA offers online courses three times a year, with coursework on literature and collection development, programming, technology, management, serving special populations and reaching teens and tweens at the library. In addition, YALSA offers monthly webinars on the third Thursday of each month. Both courses and webinars are ideal for any professionals who work directly with those ages 12 to 18 in a library setting.