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Continuing Education - Online Resources for Staff Training

From the State Library

 Training resources from the State Library of Oregon 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.

(Please visit our Continuing Education Resources LibGuide for new and update resources.)

Prepaid Registration for OLA Online Conference, April 20-23, 2021

The State Library is pleased to announce that the State Library of Oregon is awarding up to $10,000 in prepaid registrations to the 2021 OLA Conference. 

Awards are limited to Oregon library staff, and preference will be given to persons who:

  • have never attended an OLA conference,
  • are currently unemployed,
  • work at a library with 2 or fewer library staff,
  • are library support staff,
  • and/or perform engagement activities with underserved communities.

Please use this form to request prepaid registration. The deadline to submit the form is Friday, March 5. Applicants will be notified in early March whether they will receive prepaid registration. For more information about the conference, please visit the 2021 OLA Conference website.

Ryan Dowd's Librarians Guide to Homelessness Academy
  • Already registered for the academy? Then you're ready to access it here!
  • Need to register for access? Follow these step-by-step instructions.
  • Monthly webinars hosted by Ryan Dowd are free to Oregon all library staff, volunteers, and board members. Please sign-up (and select the second option) to receive registration announcements.
  • NEW: recordings of Dowd's monthly webinars are now available in the academy. Future recordings will be added shortly after the live event.
  • LYRASIS offers free live webinars, free information sessions, and demonstrations of software and services.  
  • Oregon staff can also save on other classes and events. When registering, use these steps:
    1. Click on "Checkout as Non-Member of LYRASIS"
    2. Use your library's address on the registration form
    3. And use OSL20-21 for the Promo Code on the payment page
Niche Academy is back!
The State Library is now providing two different academies: 
  • Library Staff Training: Tutorials for staff training in areas such as ethics, public service, reference, and technology. (Note: many of these tutorials have been developed by other libraries or vendors; feel free to let us know if something does not seem applicable or useful to Oregon library staff).

  • Library Research: Patron-focused tutorials for common library products (like OverDrive and Mango Languages) as well as tutorials on research essentials. The tutorials can be embedded on your library's website and also use for staff training.
Tech-Talk Logo
This weekly e-newsletter covering how-to technology, communication, and leadership 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.
Statewide Databases
Training for Trustees 
Ready to get started? Visit and register as needed or login to access the resources below!

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!
Bonus webcast: 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.

Additional resources

Please visit our Continuing Education Resources LibGuide for additional resources.


Darci Hanning
Public Library Consultant and CE Coordinator

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