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

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, including ALA TechSource; ALA Digital Reference, including Guide to Reference and RDA; ALA Graphics; and American Libraries magazine and associated electronic products.

American Association of School Librarians

AASL offers online learning opportunities to meet the needs of busy school library professional. Monthly webinars, 4-week e-Academy courses, and an archive of online professional development through eCOLLAB are designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community. 

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

ALCTS offers numerous online learning opportunities to meet your needs.  Scheduled throughout the year, ALCTS' webinars, web courses, and E-fourms are affordable and timely.  They cover all of technical services and more, including acquisitions, collection management, preservation, electronic resources, and cataloging.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

ALSC is pleased to offer a variety of quality online education courses every winter, summer and fall.  These courses are 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 will run between four and six weeks and are offered asynchronously (self-directed) in an online learning community using Moodle.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

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 seminars and Webcasts qualifies for the ACRL Frequent Learner Program.  Register for three, get one free.

Finance & Accounting Office

The Finance & Accounting and Governance offices along with members of the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) have created the online ALA Financial Learning Series. The purpose of these webcasts is to provide the viewer with a basic understanding of ALA’s finances and how it impacts all areas/units of the Association. These webcasts are designed to expand on and support the information provided at the ALA Finance Workshop, which is an education session held by BARC at each Midwinter Meeting. Although the information provided in these webcasts is general in nature, everyone who views them can benefit – members, member leaders, funders, vendors, sponsors and the general public.

Please take the opportunity to review the webcast offerings and select those that are of particular interest to you. Note that additional offerings will be added as areas of interest are identified.

Governance Office

The Governance and Finance & Accounting offices along with members of the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) have created the online ALA Financial Learning Series. The purpose of these webcasts is to provide the viewer with a basic understanding of ALA’s finances and how it impacts all areas/units of the Association. These webcasts are designed to expand on and support the information provided at the ALA Finance Workshop, which is an education session held by BARC at each Midwinter Meeting. Although the information provided in these webcasts is general in nature, everyone who views them can benefit – members, member leaders, funders, vendors, sponsors and the general public.

Please take the opportunity to review the webcast offerings and select those that are of particular interest to you. Note that additional offerings will be added as areas of interest are identified.

Information Technology & Telecommunications Services (ITTS)

ITTS provides content management system training to member-volunteers, and occasional webinars in ALA technologies.

Library & Information Technology Association (LITA)

LITA programs, courses, webinars, workshops, and Regional Institutes are based on technology-related topics of interest to the LITA Membership and wider ALA audience. Taught by experts and presented in conjunction with ALA, they reach beyond ALA Conference locations to bring high quality continuing education to the profession. 

Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)

LLAMA’s  highly-rated webinars, taught by experts, feature topics related to the diverse expertise of our members.  These include: leadership; management; buildings and equipment; fundraising and financial development; human resources management; measurement, assessment and evaluation; public relations and marketing; and systems and services.

Office for Diversity (OFD)

The Office for Diversity offers online learning opportunities designed to assist diversity advocates with personal leadership and organizational planning.  The Diversity Leadership Online series provides the foundation for a culture of responsible diversity leadership within the profession. Our programming is geared toward the development of a cadre of enlightened library and information professionals who recognize and respect diversity leadership as a basic tenet of our profession.

Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

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.

Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS)

The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, and its liaising Round Tables (EMIERT, GLBTRT, SRRT) offer webinars on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the provision of library services to underserved and historically discriminated-against populations

Public Library Association (PLA)

The Public Library Association’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve.  PLA’s current slate of eighteen self-paced courses are based on the management concepts delineated in the bestselling Results publications, and will help library managers and staff manage more effectively. These courses are intended to help library planners see the many possibilities that exist for matching their services to the unique needs of their communities.

Public Programs Office (PPO)

The Public Programs Office promotes cultural programming as an essential part of library service.  Online learning opportunities from PPO can help you maximize the impact of your arts and humanities programs with fresh resources, approaches and insights.  Classes are free, and archived sessions may be downloaded at any time.

Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)

RUSA offers online classes related to the areas of expertise of our members: reference, business reference, genealogy, readers’ advisory and how to market library services. Courses run throughout the year, and most are asynchronous, with no scheduled meeting times. RUSA members get the best rates on classes, and group discounts for two or more employees from the same library, library network or library system enrolled simultaneously in the same course are also available.

United for Libraries (United)

Registration is now open for United for Libraries' Trustee Academy, a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. All of the online courses will be taught by a professional in the field and will be priced both a la carte so attendees can pick and choose what courses are important to them, and as a full curriculum that will reflect discounted pricing per course. In addition, entire Boards of Trustees can sign up for further discounts.

Washington Office

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.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

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.

 

 

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