On-Demand Webinars

On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience.

Click to view all PLA on-demand webinars currently available in the ALA eLearning catalog. Or view by topic:

As PLA transitions its webinar content to the new, centralized ALA eLearning site, some older on-demand webinars may be temporarily unavailable for purchase. However, many of PLA’s older on-demand webinars are free, each denoted with a green “Free!” icon below the title, and remain available here on the PLA website during the transition to the ALA eLearning site. If you’d like to purchase access to an older on-demand webinar, please contact PLA at plawebinars@ala.org and we will follow up with you when these products are available on the new eLearning site.

Most Recent: Freely Available

Empowering Communities with Creativity: CRAFT & HOBBY
FREE on-demand webinar sponsored by CRAFT & HOBBY
Panelists: Joey Kizer & Sara Ewell

We are all beautifully creative humans. The more creativity we can invite into our day-to-day lives the more fulfilling, interesting and meaningful our lives become. This webinar will dig deeper into the power of creativity and why investing in creativity is so important to communities. With the upcoming launch of CRAFT & HOBBY, creativity as a community resource can become a reality. More…

Capturing Library Contributions to Sustainable Development Goals with Project OutcomeCapturing Library Contributions to Sustainable Development Goals with Project Outcome
FREE on-demand webinar
Panelists: Carissa Hansen, Daniela Skokovic, John F. Szabo & Sara Goek

PLA is excited to announce a new feature available in Project Outcome for public libraries! Beginning in March 2023, users are able to link their program surveys to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This on-demand webinar shares how libraries have applied the SDGs. Learn about the SDGs and how your library can leverage Project Outcome to capture and share your library’s impact in its community and the impact of libraries worldwide. More…

Social Emotional Learning in the LibrarySocial Emotional Learning in the Library
FREE on-demand webinar series

Libraries respond to the needs of our communities, and communities all over the world have experienced an elevated level of trauma and stress over the past few years. As we continue to serve the public in these challenging times, library workers must adapt, pivoting to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the work we do with families every day. In many cases, we are already using SEL in our work. This free on-demand webinar series covers key SEL concepts and how to integrate them into library programs and activities. Book lists and other resources are provided, and each session includes a calming mindfulness exercise. Recordings in this on-demand series include:

  • Fundamentals of Social Emotional Learning
  • Practical Applications of Social Emotional Learning in the Library
  • Happy and Calm: Kids Yoga in the Library with Bari Koral
  • Recharge and Refresh with Wellness Educator Shayna Marmar


Most Recent: Available for Purchase

Astronomy Programming in Public LibrariesAstronomy Programming in Public Libraries
Panelists: Kelly Williams & Maria Meade

How do we get children involved in astronomy at a young age? By making it fun, of course! In this on-demand webinar, Kelly Williams and Maria Meade from the Gwinnett County (GA) Public Library present easy, doable programs for astronomy that you don’t have to be an expert to teach. With coding, planetary distance, space objects, astronaut boot camp, and more, viewers will gain the tools and ideas necessary to teach children ages 6–12 about the wonders and science of space. More…

Creating a Personal Archiving Program and Do-It-Yourself Memory Lab for Library PatronsCreating a Personal Archiving Program and Do-It-Yourself Memory Lab for Library Patrons
Panelist: Heather Zbinden

A do-it-yourself memory lab is a great way to offer patrons a space to preserve their family history—photos, scrapbooks, audio cassettes, and VHS tapes. But creating one from the ground up might feel daunting. What equipment should you purchase? How do you set everything up? Who's going to staff it? And what do patrons need to know before they arrive? In this on-demand webinar, participants learn all the answers to these questions plus "goodish" practices to share with patrons who are ready to dive into personal archiving. More…

Small Library Makes Big Impact through Community NetworkingSmall Library Makes Big Impact through Community Networking
Panelists: Trina Erickson & Laci Sheldon

Is your library deeply connected within the community it serves? Who are your library advocates? Learn how the McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua, WI went through a significant transformation to become a cornerstone resource for the greater Viroqua area. Library director Trina Erickson and youth services director Laci Sheldon talk about the multi-year commitment the staff and board made to rebrand the library’s image. During this on-demand webinar, Erickson and Sheldon share stories, tips, and timelines on how to elevate the image and usage of your public library. More…



Unless otherwise indicated, a 60-minute PLA on-demand webinar is $47.40 for PLA personal members, $71.10 for ALA personal members, and $79.00 for nonmembers. On-demand webinars are intended for the sole use of the purchaser. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.


All PLA webinars in the ALA eLearning catalog are closed captioned in English (United States). Access to closed captions is provided in some webinar recordings still available here on the PLA website, and captioning will be added to all PLA on-demand webinars during the transition to the ALA eLearning site.

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your use of an on-demand webinar, please contact us prior to purchasing. Without prior notification of need, we cannot attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.


A certificate of completion is available only for those PLA on-demand webinars in the ALA eLearning catalog.

Retired Recordings

The archived recordings of some webinars no longer available on-demand may be found in the online ALA Institutional Repository at https://alair.ala.org/handle/11213/375.


If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to plawebinars@ala.org, or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA.

Want to be part of PLA's successful online continuing education program?

If you have an idea for a webinar you'd like PLA to present, we encourage you to submit a proposal. PLA opens a call for webinar proposals twice per year, with deadlines of May 31 and November 30 of each year. Please contact plawebinars@ala.org with any questions or concerns about the webinar proposal process.