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Continuing Education Resources

Skillsoft for Oregon Library Staff

The State Library is excited to announce that all staff of academic, public, school and tribal libraries now have free access to online courses on a wide range of topics through our state subscription to SkillPort (by Skillsoft). Register for free now!


Archived Webinars for Oregon Libraries

The following webinars were arranged and/or sponsored by the Oregon State Library and have been archived for your convenience:

Gale Database Webinars (presented for Oregon libraries):

(Additional archived webinars on Gale products are also available.)


Training Event Calendars

The following sites and state libraries provide numerous learning opportunities by way of online webinars; most of them free:

Online Courses (for a fee)

The following organizations offer online courses and/or webinars for a cost:

  • ALA Online Learning (American Library Association)
    • AASL (American Association of School Librarians)
    • ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)
    • ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services) 
    • ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children)
    • ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies)
    • PLA (Public Library Association - note some webinars are no cost)
    • RUSA (Reference and User Services Association)
    • YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)
  • Infopeople - a continuing education provider from the California State Library
  • Library Juice Academy - offers a range of online professional development workshops for librarians and other library staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills. CEU credits available; also watch for free offerings.
  • OCLC - Training for use of OCLC products as well as other library topics. Some offerings are free, or hosted by Regional providers.


Self-paced, Online Courses

The following items are not hosted or directly sponsored by the Oregon State Library and are being listed here as additional resources. Please do not make requests for certificates of completion, etc. from the organizations listed below.

General Library Skills

  • ABLE (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
    The free, online Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program provides basic library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. Courses cover technical services, collection development, and reference.

  • SABLE (Idaho Commission for Library)
    The free, online Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education (SABLE) program provides additional resources in library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. This program is a supplement to the ABLE courses; however, they are not tied to the completion of the ABLE courses and concentrate on serving youth.

Library Technology Skills

  • Tech Training for Libraries (Colorado State Library)
    Tech Training for Libraries is a new site with instructor materials and information related to technology training in public libraries for folks teaching public computer classes or training staff to be better one-on-one tech tutors.

General Technology Skills

  • 23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Tools for Professional Success
    The 23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Skills for Success will encompass 23 technologies and skills recommended for SJSU SLIS students and alumni by SLIS students and alumni. These technologies will be presented in a module format taking the participant through weekly 20-30 minute tutorials followed by an exercise to demonstrate learning. Participants are welcome to just browse the modules, etc. but the real value of this program is to learn something new, produce something as a result of that learning, be rewarded by a digital badge, and participate in a broad community of SLIS students and alumni interested in lifelong and collaborative learning. Note: this online, self-paced learning opportunity is open to anyone, not just SLIS students and alumni! Additional information can be found here as well.

  • GCF LearnFree.org (Goodwill Community Foundation International)
    GCFLearnFree.org® creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology (covering computer, Internet safety, digital lifestyle, and social media topics), literacy, and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. By delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE, GCFLearnFree.org is a worldwide leader in online education.

Technical Services & Collection Development

  • Caring for Yesterday's Treasures- Today (Connecting to Collections)
    A new series of free, online courses about the preservation of archival and historical collections. Tailored to the needs ot staff and volunteers at libraries and archives, each course includes four to six interactive webinars presented by preservation experts. The instructors will address the specific questions that you and your fellow participants have about the care of collection at your institution. Each course will have its own Web page with handouts and links to additional resources. When the course concludes, participants will be able to continue the conversation with instructors and classmates via the Connecting to Collections Online Community.

  • Cataloging Basics (Utah State Library)
    his collection of online resources covers information about cataloging and classification, including RDA (Resource Description & Access), the new, unified cataloging standard.

  • RDA Series Webinars (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
    Free recordings of webinars . Also contains recordings about collections, cataloging, preservation, and more.

  • Collection Development Training (Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records)
    This training site is specifically designed for librarians and other library staff in public libraries in Arizona who are new to collection development or who wish to refresh their knowledge about a particular aspect of collection development. The aim is to provide practical collection development training that is useful for small and rural public libraries, but this training site can be of use to anyone working in a small library or information center in any state including those in school-public combined libraries and small school libraries. This site is not intended for those working in large libraries since many of the collection development processes and examples would not be relevant to their needs. Although the information management principles remain the same, the scale of the work and the division of labor is often quite different.


  • Nebraska STAR Reference Manual (Nebraska Library Commission)
    This online tutorial, developed by the Nebraska Library Commission, provides a great, basic introduction to reference. The tutorial consists of chapters so you can select what topics interests you most. There are great customer service tips included, as well as suggestions on how to perform a good reference interview.

  • Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources (Santa Clara County Library District, Infopeople and other funding sources)
    An online training course available to all librarians who would like to improve their reference strategies and knowledge of financial literacy concepts and resources. The goal of the course is to promote confidence and competence in responding to your library patrons' questions on personal finance and investment.


Archived Webinars

Many webinars are archived and cover a wide variety of topics. Feel free to peruse the sites below and check-out a recorded webinar of interest: