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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.

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.

 

Monthly "Topic Talks" hosted by Library Support and Development

Have a topic you'd like to suggest for a presentation and/or discussion? Please let us know! The following events are currently scheduled:

August 7 at 10:00 am 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.

Please note the following community agreements will be observed during this topic talk:

  • Progressive Stacking: If you choose to identify as a PoC, please add "**" (two asterisks) in front of your "Zoom" name (you will see three dots as you hover over your video image/box, you can use the "rename" feature to add two asterisks). Chat questions by PoC will be taken first.
  • Put relationships first: Work to build community, trust, and awareness
  • Keep focused on the common goal: Caring about equity and inclusion, especially for those most impacted
  • Notice the power dynamics in the space: How are you using your privilege? How are you taking up emotional space or airtime? Disengaging?
  • Create a space for multiple truths and norms: Think about a statue
  • Be kind and brave: Remember relationships first, speak your truth and be open to feedback, especially from those who own the experience
  • Get OK with being uncomfortable
  • Look and listen for learning

Meeting information

You may join the meeting with or without video and/or by just phone:

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84235292161?pwd=M0hybmxNREF0a2o0Zy9CalZHcnMvZz09 
Meeting ID: 842 3529 2161
Passcode: 600160

Phone numbers:
   669-900-6833
   253-215-8782


September Virtual Meet and Greet with Library Support

This will be an opportunity for all library staff from around the state to learn more about the services and programs that Library Support offers as well as a chance to meet our new Program Manager, Buzzy Nielsen. Stay tuned for further details!

Meeting information

TBD

 

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)
  • These are all free and many times webinars are recorded for viewing later. There are on-demand classes and upcoming online classes for those serving the public, academic and other types of libraries. 
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.