Human Resources

Staff Development

20+ Awesome  Free Online Librarian Courses, January 25, 2013
Melissa Steele’s article contains links to online courses covering a variety of topics and geared toward librarians.

Better Library Leaders
Website: BLL
A podcast, blog, and community exploring the elements of great libraries and great library leaders – this site includes a free course on mastering difficult conversations.

Certified Library Administrator Program
Website: ALA-APA
ALA-APA Certified Library Administrator Program application, class list, and much more information designed for library administration with a MLIS.

Certified Library Support Staff Program
Website: ALA-APA
ALA-APA Certified Support Staff Program application, classes, and much more information designed for support staff with at least a high school diploma.

Continuing Education (and Where to Find It), September 23, 2013
Website: American Library Association
Discussion and listing of resources available for continuing education including webinars, conferences, books, etc.

Continuing Education Courses
Website: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ever changing list of continuing education courses that offer CEU’s for librarians.  Classes are not free but many are offered asynchronously.

Continuing Education Resources
Website: Idaho Commission for Libraries
The site provides free access to the Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) and Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education (SABLE) online courses for staff with no formal library education. Additional free training resources are offered on the site’s More Resources in Continuing Education sidebar.

Online Learning Opportunities
Website: New Mexico State Library
List of courses offered for free or for a fee around the nation for degree holding and non-degree holding librarians on a variety of topics.

Staff Development: A Practical Guide, 4th Edition
Book: ALA Editions
Edited by Andrea Wigbels Stewart, Carlette Washington-Hoagland, and Carol T. Zsulya for LLAMA this book will help you create a staff development program, track changes, set goals and more.

Unions & Contracts

A Few Easy Steps to Unionizing Libraries, December 2006
Article: ALA-APA
A.C. Hawely’s article discusses why unions would be beneficial to libraries and steps to starting one at a library.

Library Director Contracts
This page currently has three sample contracts which can be used as templates. The Resources page has links to manual, webinars and e-courses, in-person workshops and trainings, articles, and other resources.

Library Workers
Website: AFSCME
This is the nation’s largest union representing and supporting Librarians, Library Technicians, and Library Workers.

Union Library Workers Community
Website: American Library Association
This forum provides a place for people to share information and ask question about their unions.

Outsourcing & Privatization

Outsourcing and Privatization LibGuide
Website: American Library Association
This site includes working definitions, ALA policy development and chronology, and a select bibliography which includes work forms and article citations.

The Pros and Cons of Library Outsourcing: A Planning Aid for Librarians and Administrators
PDF: Colorado Council of Medical Librarians
Karen Wells has created a listing of the pros and cons for different activities in the library.