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Professional Development Resources for Librarians: Toolkits

ACRL Toolkits

Yes, ACRL is an ALA division, but I couldn't resist including it here too on the toolkits page because these toolkits really stand out!

ACRL toolkits 

Titles include:

  • Diversity Standards Toolkit
  • Marketing @ Your Library
  • Advocacy Toolkit
  • ...and many more!

Note: See additional ALA-affiliated toolkits on the American Library Association (ALA) page of this guide.

Gail's Toolkit

Gail's Toolkit provides "free, customizable classes built by educators, for educators"

Funded by an ALA Publishing Carnegie-Whitney Grant, sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Gail's Toolkit "provides...

  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Handouts
  • Surveys

...for librarians to use to teach classes ranging from Microsoft to LinkedIn." 

See also:

  • New York Public Library's TechConnect for handouts to their tech courses in many languages
  • Digital Learn for basic computer classes

Project Outcome

"Measuring the true impact of public libraries... Outcome management made easy: resources and tools to plan surveys and analyze data at your library."

Project Outcome is managed by ALA's PLA with funding supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation among many other organizations and includes:

  • Patron surveys
  • Survey Portal to collect their outcomes
  • Ready-made reports
  • Visually interactive Data Dashboards for analyzing the data
  • Resources for taking surveys to taking actions using the results