Continuing Education

AASL's eCOLLAB: Your eLearning Laboratory! This resource is provided as a feature of AASL membership or to subscribers of eCOLLAB. Browse different topics to find webcasts, podcasts, and resources from various AASL professional development events. Members and subscribers will also get a read-only version of the latest issue of AASL’s journal, Knowledge Quest.
In this new workshop, Krista Godfrey, Web Services Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland, will introduce you to the cloud, explaining how it works in straightforward terms librarians at every technical level can understand. She’ll then show how you can use cloud-based tools to collaborate, save money, and make your library more efficient. A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, November 7, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Watch this free ALA TechSource hourlong webinar, Organization 2.0: Building the Participatory Library with John Blyberg and Meredith Farkas.

This webinar shows you how to bust some of your mental models and start the shift to innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that managing a modern library requires.
Your patrons trust your recommendations on what to read next, and as the use of iPads proliferates, they will look to you for recommendations on exemplary books as apps. The best of this new breed of apps use the multimedia, multi-touch capabilities of the iPad to extend the concept of the book, creating a new immersive experience for readers.
David Lee King once again presents this popular workshop, taking you through the process of building an effective, user-friendly library website that will expand and enhance your library’s presence in the community.
Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library received a $100,000 grant from the California State Library to form a partnership with Barnes & Noble and develop a plan to successfully check out e-readers to the public. In six short months, a committee of nine figured out collection challenges, copyright and CIPA issues, how to train 250 staff, manage public interest that exceeded expectations, and conduct a rigid assessment program. Watch this on-demand webinar and learn new ideas about how to implement an e-reader lending program at your library.
This free 90-minute webinar will feature a panel of experts on "hot topics" in privacy today, plus practical tips and resources for developing library programming to engage the community. Brought to you by American Libraries and ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom.
This Hiring and Supervising Library Shelvers eCourse from ALA Editions is a convenient way to enrich the professional development of all library staff. It offers the perfect opportunity to train new employees or brush up on and update general office skills you use every day. Enroll today for 3 hours of self-paced, online training!
Is helping residents in your community to Connect to the Online World a service priority in your library now? Do you think it may become a service priority in the future? What types of services and programs might you provide to support this priority? In this PLA Service Response Workbook you will find tools to assess your current services in this area and to identify what would be required to expand those services.
This webinar explores the new wave of creative spaces appearing in public libraries all over the United States and explain why libraries have an essential role to play in digital media creation.
This on-demand webinar explores the new wave of creative spaces appearing in public libraries all over the United States and explain why libraries have an essential role to play in digital media creation. Toby Greenwalt and Mick Jacobsen from the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library share their insights on how to sell the concept of a Digital Media Lab to library administration, set up a space that fits any budget, and offer programs and services that maintain public interest over time. If you build it, they will come!
del.icio.us subject guides, Flickr library displays, YouTube library orientation; with mashups and APIs, it's easier to bring pieces of the web together with library data. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of web services, how to build a mashup, how to work with PHP, and how to create web services for your library. Participants should be comfortable with HTML markup and have an interest in learning about web scripting and programming.
The digital revolution has resulted in an important, and sometimes daunting, change in the way libraries and other organizations procure, access and store information available for internal use and for use by researchers. Before the advent of electronic resources, libraries regularly purchased and owned print copies of materials for their collections. We are now witnessing a revolution in how information is acquired, stored and accessed. Librarians have become negotiators and interpreters of legal agreements.
Hear a brief overview of the available library e-book platforms and ideas for training both your staff and your patrons.
Presenters will detail ways to improve your library’s website in order to optimize the e-book lending experience; will discuss ideas for improving the e-book experience inside the library; will give an overview of e-book programming ideas from different libraries; and will share proven marketing ideas.
Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries director, Jamie LaRue is not content to wait for a resolution to the public library e-book borrowing/lending model to appear, and instead has been forging a new way forward, experimenting with innovative alternatives to the options currently available to public librarians.
Interactions with customers can be some of the most rewarding… and frustrating… experiences of working in a library. Get the right tools to make more of them rewarding. Refresh your customer service skills and reduce work stress with this on-demand webinar featuring instructor Cheryl Gould, library training consultant. Cheryl defines the three elements of customer service interactions and shows how they can successfully engage in each part—resulting in more successful and positive customer (and staff) experiences. This archived webinar was originally presented November 30, 2011.

Online Course: A basic level, 4-week asynchronous course offered several times a year.
Offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Focus: Overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. Product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models will be covered.
Features: Instructor guided. 24/7 access to course material. Weekly live online chat discussions.
Cost: $109 ALCTS members, $139 nonmembers

Participants will learn firsthand how to create online maps; how to properly use maps in library webpages; how to embed GIS technology into library projects (and the benefits of it!); and how to enjoy GIS and mapping technologies in personal endeavors.
Howard County (Md.) Library System (HCLS) CEO Valerie J. Gross details Choose Civility, an ongoing community-wide initiative that aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance in Howard County. Nearly 100 Howard County businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions actively and passionately support the Choose Civility initiative with more than 65,000 community residents displaying the ubiquitous Choose Civility car magnets.
In this ACRL e-learning course, learn about state-of-the-art of online teaching and learning technology and its applications.
Through course readings, class lectures, group projects and individual “research,” participants will acquire the skills they need to prepare and present their own information literacy instruction courses for whatever ages they choose to instruct.
This e-forum will provide participants an opportunity to talk about what their libraries are doing to adjust to thinking of the library as place with unlimited potential.
This resource list represents leadership development training opportunities for library professionals at all levels and specialties within the library community.
Makerspaces are gaining popularity in public libraries across the U.S. These innovative spots introduce library patrons to tools, like 3D printers and makerbots, not normally found in the library and offer patrons the opportunity to explore their interests, use new tools, and develop creative projects. Join webinar presenter, Lauren Britton, developer of the “Fayetteville Fab Lab” at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, to learn all about makerspaces including what they are, why your library should think about developing one, and what elements need to be incorporated.
Online learning opportunities in this category address the broader issues of what it means to be a good leader or manager, as well giving you the practical skills you need to do your job better every day.
This webinar will discuss the opportunities for public libraries to promote lifelong learning by becoming meet-up destinations for MOOCs. The webinar is based on the experience of the Ridgefield (Connecticut) Library which hosted a ten-week literature-based MOOC.
For librarians, researchers, and many other library users, the open access movement has enabled easy and reliable access to a wide range of new publications. Don’t let your materials stay hidden under a rock—facilitate access by learning to be proactive with the expert advice of copyright authority Kenneth D. Crews.
Experienced technology trainers Kovacs and Adler will explain what open source means, how it works, and will demonstrate its many applications for libraries and librarians.
The Public Library Association (PLA) is dedicated to providing our members with educational opportunities that will help them become leaders in public libraries and excel in their careers.
This eCourse will guide you in writing useful, concise, legally-sound standards and guidelines for providing reference through social media. With a solid foundation of best practices, and practical advice on implementation and ongoing assessment, you and your colleagues will communicate with library users in a consistent and reliable way.
If you’re interested in learning more about screencasts and hearing tips on how to create them, this is the perfect on-demand webinar for you! Screencasts are excellent tools for demonstrating software, teaching computer skills, and visually sharing step-by-step navigation of websites and databases.
In this workshop, Milly Lugo, joined by Radames Suarez, will demonstrate how you can confidently provide Spanish-language programming, materials and library outreach regardless of your ability to speak Spanish.
Kathy will share ideas and tips for you to consider when making decisions about how to spend your library's e-book budget.
For almost 75 years, the Caldecott Medal has been a sign of superior artistry and creativity in children’s picture books, given to only one book every year.  With so many children’s picture books published each year, how is the Caldecott Medal winning book selected?  What makes picture book illustration distinguished, and how has that definition changed over time?  Learn about the history of the award, how the award has transformed books over time, and how to look critically at picture book art.
Would you like to learn about a simple, effective strategy that will make you, your library, and our profession indispensable? It does not require changing anything we do. What is involved? Modifying what we say. Based on the instructor’s award-winning article, “Transforming Our Image through Words that Work: Perception is Everything” (Public Libraries, PLA/ALA, Vol. 48, No. 5, Sept./Oct. 2009, p.
In this weeklong workshop Jennifer LaGarde will show you how to engage with teens by “speaking their language,” using technology to connect with young adults on their own level. You’ll also learn how you can harness social media and mobile technology to build innovative library programming and instruction.
This webinar will cover new research on the opportunities and challenges associated with using third-party MOOCs in campus-based courses. In collaboration with the University System of Maryland, Ithaka S+R worked with faculty members at six campuses to try incorporating MOOCs in more than a dozen courses. The presenters will share findings from these tests.
This one-hour webcast will familiarize participants with 2.0 tools and demonstrate how they can be used to facilitate communication and streamline workflows in technical services.
Be a part of a special program for women seeking to become leaders in higher education administration and student affairs.
This kit provides libraries with 1) resources to help library workers gain confidence in using tech resources with teens and 2) with specific tech tools that can easily be incorporated into library services for teens. It is critical for libraries to stay relevant in teens’ lives, especially in technology.
FREE TO ALSC MEMBERS. Chip Donohue, co-author of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology Tools and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs, will share key messages and guidelines from the Statement and discuss implications for educators, parents, children’s librarians and other adults who care for and about young children. He will address both common concerns about children and technology and the potential benefits when adults select, use, integrate and evaluate technology in effective, appropriate and intentional ways that support development and learning.