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Continuing Education Resources for Library Staff

Free Online Learning Resources

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.
These resources are available to staff, volunteers, and board members from all Oregon academic, public, school, and tribal libraries.

De-Escalating Difficult COVID-19 Customer Behaviors - Recorded Webinar by Andrew Sanderbeck

  • Complete your registration; within three business days, you will receive an email from "info@nicheacademy" with a link; click on the link and follow the instructions at the top of page. 
  • You can learn more about the webinar here (scroll down past the instructions), however, you will not be able to view the video until your registration has been processed. 

Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness Academy by Ryan Dowd

  • 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

  • ​LYRASIS offers free live webinars, f​ree information sessions, and demonstrations of software and services. ​ 
  • ​Oregon staff can also save on other classes and eventsWhen 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

Statewide Databases

  • Gale/Cengage is the statewide subscription for magazine/journal/news articles, reference eBooks, statistics, images, audio, and video content); for training resources and more, visit this resource page on Gale/Cengage.
  • EBSCO LearningExpress Library is the statewide subscription for practice tests, skills-building for math, reading, and writing, computer skills tutorials, e-books and career development tools; for training resources and more, visit this resource page on EBSCO LearningExpress Library.

Tech-Talk
Provides how-to technology,  communications, and leadership tips. While not written specifically for library staff, the State Library regularly receives positive feedback about this service. 

Training for Trustees

Ready to get started? Visit United for Libraries and register as needed or login to access the resources below!

  • Short Takes for Trustees is a 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 Trustees Academy is a series of online courses designed 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.

 

Have a topic you'd like to suggest for a presentation and/or discussion? Please let us knowLooking for recordings from previous Topic Talks? See below the upcoming schedule.

UPCOMING TOPIC TALKS

December 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Winning Library Grants: An In-Depth Approach (FREE REGISTRATION)

Ready to learn the best method for writing grant proposals to give you the competitive edge? Discover how to plan and write grant proposals, including the nitty-gritty essentials of needs assessments, project development, and outcome measurement. Find out who gives funding best suited for your library and how to find grant applications (including five free resources for finding grant library funders and a funder’s wish list). Join Stephanie Gerding as she shares common grant proposal components and the top five tips for writing winning proposals. Your grant work will become easier and more effective! Registration is free but required in advance! Please register herehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/grantstopictalks

January 13, 2;00 pm - 3:00 pm, Shared Learning: Providing Trauma-Informed Services in Small and Rural Libraries

How can staff in small and rural libraries adopt a trauma-informed approach without access to the resources that a larger library or a library in an urban community may have? That's just what several Oregon librarians set out to learn by participating in a recent Infopeople course, "Providing Trauma-Informed Services in Small and Rural Libraries." Come listen to their take-aways and hopefully leave with some of your own!

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86208627126 or join by phone:

  • 669-900-6833 US (San Jose)
  • 253-215-8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 862 0862 7126

 

PREVIOUS TOPIC TALKS

December 2, 11:00 am - 11:30 am, Winning Library Grants: Beginner Tips in 30 Minutes (FREE REGISTRATION)

Are you new to grant writing? Stephanie Gerding’s webinars are known for being practical and easy to understand. Learn the basic process of grant work and the shortcuts that will enable you to start winning grants now. Discover the most important thing to keep in mind when doing library grant work, easy planning steps, grant sources for beginners, and the top ten tips for success. You CAN win grants for your library! 

Video recording: access to the recording and related materials coming soon.

November 18, 12:00 pm (PT) - Library Innovation in COVID Times

Oregon libraries of all types are responding to the challenge of service during COVID times with a wide array of innovative programs and services. Innovation may include new services, but can also mean offering traditional services in different ways. 

State Library staff have been collecting stories and want to celebrate the great work happening in the Oregon library community. In this session, Buzzy Nielsen and Arlene Weible will share examples and help participants connect with other library staff to learn more about how they may implement these ideas in their own community. Please come and share your own innovation stories or just listen and gain inspiration from your library colleagues across the state.

Video recording: YouTube or Niche Academy; download presentation (with embedded links) 

October 20 at 12:00p (PT) - Virtual Programming Meetup  

Have you been working to maintain connections to your community virtually? Would you like some ideas and strategies?  This recorded session has your colleagues taking virtual programming in a variety of directions. From digital rooms to recorded demos, staff are working to help community members feel connected to the library in tangible ways. Each panelist briefly shared about a virtual strategy their library is using and there and at the end of the session, audience members were able to share their own endeavors and ask questions. Greta Bergquist moderated. 

Panelists: 

  • Carrie Bushman, Cook Memorial Public Library
  • Emily West, North Plains Public Library
  • Jolene Hall, Independence Public Library
  • Marian Rose, Seaside Public Library 

Video recording: YouTube or Niche Academy (with supporting resources)

September 29 at 2:00 pm Virtual Meet-up with Library Support & Development Services

This is your chance to learn more about Library Support & Development Services and what we can do for your library. Hosted by the Library Support staff: Greta Bergquist, Ross Fuqua, Darci Hanning, Jennifer Mauer, Tamara Ottum, Arlene Weible, Ferol Weyand, and our new Program Manager, Buzzy Nielsen. Library Support provides services for all types of libraries in Oregon: academic, law, public, school, tribal, you name it! We will take a bit of time introducing you to our services and leave plenty of time for your questions. This session is useful to any library worker or supporter who’s interested in learning more about the State Library’s free services available to help make local libraries’ lives easier.

Video recording. Library Support and Development Services website. Contact Us web page.

August 7, 2020: In partnership with OLA's Public Library Division: "Centering Race in Library Reopening: Opportunities for Systems Change".

Sonja Ervin, Equity and Inclusion Manager at Multnomah County Library, will talk about the work and progress Multnomah County Library has made with diversity, equity, and inclusion. She will also include things you can do at your library, no matter the size of your library. There will be time for questions and answers after her presentation. This presentation is free for all in the library community, and will be recorded for viewing at a later date.

Video recording (hosted in Niche Academy, no login in required) and the Presentation slides (PDF)

June 17, 2020: PL stats (COVID-specific) - an update

June 10, 2020: Check-In: How's It Going?

June 3, 2020: Unemployment and job-seeking services

May 27, 2020: Having difficult conversations with patrons

May 20, 2020: Reference during the pandemic: challenges and opportunities

May 13, 2020: Reopening Oregon (Governor’s Plan) and Libraries

May 6, 2020: Statistics - how to capture our work during the pandemic

April 29, 2020: Staging a return to library services: planning for a post-quarantine library

April 22, 2020: Services for Spanish speakers during COVID-19

Calendar of Free Online Training (via the Wyoming State Library)
 
Emporia / SLIM Webinars
Federal Depository Library Program
  • Webinars and webcasts on a wide variety of Government information topics, presented by GPO, other Federal agencies, or from the FDLP community are available through the Training Repository; older archived recordings are also available.

Future of Libraries

Infopeople

Library 2.0 

  •  Learning resources are available on the Library 2.0 website including recordings from previous online conferencesFree registration required: sign up or login to access.

LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning has a number of free learning resources that can be used by staff and patrons alike. Examples include: 

Note: LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) has made changes to its terms of service to provide a solution that preserves library users’ privacy. Under LinkedIn Learning’s revised terms, a library cardholder will no longer need to create a LinkedIn profile in order to access LinkedIn Learning. Additionally, users will need no longer need to provide an email address to use the service; they will be able to sign on with a library card number and PIN. To learn more, read the full press release.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
  • NNLM provides free webinars, many of which are recorded for later viewing. There are on-demand classes and upcoming online classes for those serving the public, academic and other types of libraries. 

NNLM is partnering with the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) to raise awareness of All of Us to communities who are historically underrepresented in biomedical research. We hope you got a chance to view our video introducing you to All of Us. You can get involved with our efforts to raise awareness of quality health information and of All of Us with your community by joining the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network. The network offers many tools for engaging communities, including these:

  • The Community Engagement Toolkit provides a curated collection of resources, examples and best practices you can use to gain the core skills and knowledge for successful community engagement.Virtual Health Programming – Looking for ways to engage your patrons online? Instead of planning your own online programming, check out the programs on the NNLM Virtual Health Programming webpage. Each program has downloadable marketing materials you can use to promote the activity to your audience!
  • Digital health literacy resources can help people gain the skills needed to access and evaluate health information online.
  • Citizen science resources – NNLM is collaborating with SciStarter to offer opportunities to engage in meaningful, real-life scientific research, including a virtual introduction to citizen science, curated projects to jump into and more!
TechSoup for Libraries
  • Online courses on topics from Tech Planning to Email Marketing.
  • See also their upcoming and archived webinars aimed at libraries and non-profits.

WebJunction

  • 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.