From the State Library
Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness by Ryan Dowd
- This online, self-paced tutorial is available to all Oregon library staff through May 22, 2020. Complete your online registration for access here.
This online training is available to all staff from Oregon libraries (academic, public, tribal, school); to staff from Oregon county law libraries; and to Oregon library board members and Oregon library volunteers. Registered staff may re-take/review the tutorial multiple times through May 22, 2020.
This weekly e-newsletter covering how-to technology and communication tips. While not written specifically for library staff, the State Library regularly receives positive feedback about this service. You can subscribe to the TechTalk mailing list
to receive this e-newsletter each week.
Training for Trustees
This series of 10 short videos
(8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self-evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.
The Trustee Academy
is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. All of the online courses are taught by a professional in the field. Courses include: Trustee Competencies, Working Effectively with the Library Director, The Library’s Budget for Trustees, Standing Up for Intellectual Freedom, and Everyday Advocacy – Why the Library Matters!
: Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival
(scroll down the page). Troubled library boards are increasingly common. Serving on a troubled board is stressful, and it can take the focus away from a board’s primary mission. What essential practices can prevent or minimize board problems? When a board does become dysfunctional, how can those involved survive and create change? This recorded webinar is led by Sally Gardner Reed, former executive director of United for Libraries; Trustee Jo Beckwith of Illinois; and Stephen Bero, director of the Algonquin (Ill.) Public Library.
for Online Courses from Infopeople (coming this fall)
Training resources from the State Library are supported in whole by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the State Library of Oregon.
- Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development courses for librarians and other library staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills. The curriculum is designed by librarians with a focus on skills that are in demand in the profession.
- This site hosts a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.
- Includes upcoming and archived webinars of interest to public libraries.
- See also their upcominng and archived webinars aimed at non-profits.
- Online Course Catalog where library-specific courses and webinar recordings are available for free to all library workers and volunteers. Once you’ve created your free account, explore the catalog of library-focused, self-paced courses and webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you after you have completed any course or webinar.
- Free webinars and archived webinars covering a wide-range of topics of interest to library staff.
Resources from professional organizations
- NWCentral (continuing education network for library staff in Oregon and beyond)
- American Library Association (ALA) offers eLearning for online webinars, recorded webinars and online courses (synchronous or asynchronous) covering collection management, issues and advocacy, library management, school libraries, and service delivery. Additionally, individual units of ALA provide numerous online training opportunities.