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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).

Census Data Summit Series

  • You are invited to join the 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 are available through the Training Repository; older archived recordings are also available.

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.

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 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.


  • 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.