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Continuing Education Resources for Library Staff

Free Resources

From the OLA Special EDI and Antiracism Committee:  EDI Antiracism Toolkit Now Available:

PLD Director's Training Session on the EDI Antiracism Toolkit, recorded on 1/29/21 (YouTube, approximately 2 1/4 hours).

U.S. Census Bureau’s 2022 Data Summit Series

  • If you are looking to improve your data skills, Back to Data Basics is a great opportunity to learn from our experts about how to access and utilize a variety of Census Bureau data products, tools, and resources. Each webinar will give you foundational information and skills necessary to work with data from the Census Bureau. The series will offer 2-4 webinars every month until September 2022. All classes are free and open to the public. Registration is limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit Series

  • Designed for the novice data user, the series will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist organizations and businesses to identify data-driven solutions to challenges.  These free, webinar-based sessions will teach you about how your responses to Census Bureau surveys are used to create publicly available data products, how to explore data tools on, and discover how you can utilize those tools to help transform your communities.

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. Webinars and conference events have been recorded and are freely available for viewing and sharing in the FDLP Academy Training Repository.  Recordings are generally available one to three business days after the event. The FDLP Academy Training Repository keeps recordings for approximately two years before undergoing a review for currency. Some recordings are kept after review; others are deleted. Older recordings may be found in FDLP Academy: Webinars and Webcasts

Future of Libraries


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.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

  • NNLM provides free webinars, many of which are recorded for later viewing. There are class recordings 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. This collaboration offers many tools for engaging communities, including these:

  • 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

  • TechSoup for Libraries blog posts
  • Online courses on topics from Tech Planning to Email Marketing.
  • See also their upcoming and archived webinars aimed at libraries and 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.