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RCLS: Professional Development Opportunities: Webinars for All

A list of archived webinars and organizations with trusted resources so you can stay up-to-date on your continuing education.

Resource Councils

Below is a list of New York State library resource councils, and links to view all of their archived webinars, if available.

Archived Webinars

Wednesday Webinars

The EveryLibrary Institute is proud to offer our premium advocacy webinars (typically $25) to library workers for any donation amount of just $1 or more.

WebJunction

What Works When Working from Home

METRO Webinars

From the METRO website:

We’ve been working remotely since March 9, 2020. Among lots of other changes, this means we’ve had to rethink the ways in which our events are delivered. These days, we are offering online panel discussions, webinars on concrete topics, and networking events.

METRO does not record webinars. They do take detailed notes from each session. Click here to view past webinar notes.

REALM project

REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) is a research project conducted by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle to produce science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate COVID-19 exposure to staff and visitors of archives, libraries, and museums.

Click here to visit the REALM website, learn about their research, and view past webinars. 

PLA COVID-19 Webinar Series

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Free Webinar Series

PLA is committed to providing information on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members and others working in public libraries. Join PLA for this new, free webinar series featuring updates on the current status of the pandemic, examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, and opportunities to share and learn from each other.

These webinars are free, but separate registration for each live webinar is required. Due to high demand, PLA expects each live webinar to reach maximum capacity. Please note that these webinars will be recorded and available on PLA’s On-Demand Webinars page. If you would like to share information or have suggestions for additional topics, please email pla@ala.org.

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: The Current Landscape 

Click here to access webinar archive.

What are public libraries doing in response to COVID-19? How are they making decisions? Where are they getting information, and how are they sharing it with their communities? Participants of this webinar will learn about the current public library landscape amidst COVID-19, hear from library leaders about what they’ve done, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions.

Facilitators:
Patty Ross, Library Director at Puyallup (WA) Public Library
Larra Clark, PLA Deputy Director

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely
Thursday, 4/2/2020

Click here to access webinar archive.

With library closures and mandated quarantines, public library staff may be struggling to transition from a public-facing role to working from home. In this webinar, participants will learn about software and technology options, gain best practices for being a successful remote employee or manager, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions.

Facilitators:
Angela Maycock, PLA Manager, Continuing Education
Additional facilitators to be announced soon

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety
Thursday, 4/9/2020

Click here to access webinar archive.

In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions.

Facilitators:
Kathleen M. Hughes, PLA Manager, Publications
Additional facilitators to be announced soon

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis
Thursday, 4/16/2020

Click here to access webinar archive.

Public libraries are ever evolving to meet the needs of their communities. When doors are closed, how are libraries evolving to meet patrons where they are? What about planning for what comes next? Participants of this webinar will hear examples from library staff who have responded to this time of crisis with innovative solutions to services and programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions.

Facilitators:
Pam Sandlian-Smith, Director, Anythink Libraries, Adams County, CO
Kelvin Watson, Director of Libraries, Broward County (FL) Libraries Division
Mary Hirsh, PLA Deputy Director
Additional facilitators to be announced soon

American Library Association