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I’ve written about free, online professional development before. However, I was unable to include the great resources from the Ohio Library Council, due to their being revised and updated. Well, they’re done and back with a fresh-off-the-press set of tutorials and certificate quizzes related to the elements of the reference process.
Check them out HERE.
These tutorials are very useful for providing staff, volunteers, and student-employees with the rudiments of reference training and skills to enhance their customer service competencies.
Image credit to Andrew E. Larsen.
ALA Poster (ca. 1918)
One of the most important parts of being a professional (in any field) is staying up-to-date with the literature and technical/hard skills required to thrive in your field.
Librarians, like all professionals, should continue to both hone their current skills and develop and learn new ones.
Additionally, library managers and supervisors may wish to use online professional development to train new support staff and para-professionals or to cross train seasoned staff.
Here are some great online (and free) professional development sites for librarians and archivists.
Connecting to Collections Care (Resources)
Digital Public Library of American (Public Library Partnerships Project)
Idaho Commission for Libraries (Continuing Education)
Library of Congress (Librarians and Archivists)
Utah State Library (Webinars)
UW-Madison iSchool Webinars
Wyoming State Library Training Calendar
(up-to-date calendar of professional development training opportunities)
Image credit to Boston Public Library
Yale has an international reputation as a prestigious institution, and a major center of scholarly research. However, it also has a reputation for generating high quality lectures posted online. David Zax ’06 discusses Yale’s digital evolution in the Yale Alumni Magazine.
There’s still time to register for this virtual conference on distance learning and online education featuring Steven Bell, Fred Stielow, and Yvonne Mery.