Tag Archives: online education

Ohio Reference Excellence (ORE) Online


NYC Public Library

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.

Free Professional Development


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)

InfoPeople Webinars

Library of Congress (Librarians and Archivists)

OCLC WebJunction

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