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Professional Development Resources for Librarians: Online Courses & Webinars

Emerging Tech

Emerging Tech: Using Technology to Advance Your School Library Program

"...a free professional learning community where school librarians can explore all the ways to integrate technology and 21st century learning into school library programs."

Membership includes free monthly edWeb webinars.

FDLP Academy

"Enhance your knowledge of Federal Government information through the FDLP Academy." The Federal Depository Library Program offers the FDLP Academy for webinars and webcasts. View past webinars.

Benefits include:

  • Certificate of completion issued
  • Closed captioning available for webinars

Examples of titles:

  • Your Public Library: First Stop for Government Information / Tu Biblioteca Pública: Primera Destinación para Información del Gobierno
  • Using OnTheMap for Community Analysis...
  • If You Make It, Protect It! Understanding the Importance of Intellectual Property Rights for Your Community


Idaho State Library, basic tutorials

The ABLE (Alternative Basic Library Education) program offers online tutorials on basic library-related skills.

ABLE courses


The SABLE (Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education) program provides -- what else?! -- additional resources to supplement the ABLE tutorials for library staff members who have no formal education in library science.

SABLE courses

Library 2.0

Library 2.0: the future of libraries in the digital age

See Library 2.0 webinar series for information on upcoming conferences; see the ARCHIVES section for access to recorded past conferences.

"a year long discussion of the future of libraries... the series is brought to you by the organizing team of the annual Library 2.0 Conference, Dr. Sandra Hirsh of the SJSU iSchool and Steve Hargadon of"


simpleK12: professional development in your pajamas

While these "practical online teacher training" webinars are specifically geared toward K-12 teachers, some offerings may also be of interest to librarians.

Some simpleK12 educational webinars are free.

Access is available to on-demand recordings.

Examples of free webinars and recordings:

  • Amazing Free Google Tools and Ideas for Your Classroom
  • The Best Ways to Use Tools, Apps, & Extensions in the Classroom
  • Making and Coding: A More Inclusive Approach to Computing Education


TechSoup: Technology changes constantly. So do your organization's needs. TechSoup helps you stay up-to-date and continue innovating.

TechSoup is a non-profit supported by a large global network of funders and donors.

  • Most courses are free.
  • 2 log-ins are necessary for:
    • main login
    • creating an account before registering for any course
  • Tech-focused learning content examples include:
    • "Tech training for... library staff 101"
    • the weekly Tuesday "30 webinar series"

TechSoup course catalog


WebJunction: The learning place for libraries.

  • First-time users need to create an account
  • Self-paced courses
  • Webinar courses

WebJunction course catalog