Online Training Resources for Librarians

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The Education Institute
The Education Institute offers teleconferences, webcasts, one-day workshops and six-week courses on a variety of subjects of interest to information professionals. Ontario Library Association members receive a tuition discount.
A sampling of courses includes:

  • Getting the Most Out of Blogs, RSS and other Web 2.0 Technologies (6-week course)
  • Making federated searching More Usable (Webcast)
  • Financial Management for Information Projects – 5 part program (Teleconference)
  • Promoting Your Library’s Services (Teleconference)

Professional Learning Centre - Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
PLC offers a wide range of practical workshops for information professionals and others interested in information issues or in learning new information technologies. Ontario Library Association members receive a tuition discount.
A sampling of courses includes:

  • Legal Research on the Web (7-week online course)
  • Mastering Web Searching (7-week online course)
  • Business Analysis & Information Management Solutions (2-day course)
  • Information Design: Principles and Practices (7-week course)

WebJunction provides a combination of free and for fee courses and handouts on a variety of topics.
A sample of courses includes:

  • Troubleshooting Computer Problems (free)
  • Developing Digital Projects (fee)
  • Project Management (free)
  • Media Relations (free)
  • An Overview of RFID Technology (fee)

Librarian Rita Vine teaches online and instructor-led courses on web searching, reference and customer service skills, and current awareness. Some of her courses are offered to individual registrants through the Education Institute.
A sampling of courses includes:

  • Beyond Google: Searching faster and Smarter on the Web
  • Dealing with Difficult People in Customer Service Settings
  • Staying Up to date in the Ever Changing Library World
  • Did I Answer Your Question? Negotiating the Reference Interview

Library Support Staff training
This free resources include links to various libraries and library associations that have training material available to share.

Sirsi Dynix
These free web seminars support the work of libraries and librarians everywhere. To participate in an online conference you can use the toll-free number to dial into the session. It is recommended that you register in advance. You can also listen to archived seminars using Windows Media Player.
A sampling of seminars includes:

  • The Center of It All: How Libraries Can Be in the ForeFront of Building Active Communities
  • Using Your Library’s Electronic Resources to Market Library Programs, Materials and Services
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting – Part 1: A Consumer’s Guide
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting – Part 2: A Creator’s Guide
  • Wiki: The Ultimate Tool for Online Collaboration

PALInet: Mid-Atlantic Libraries Shaping Tomorrow - Technology podcast series
These podcasts are available freely for you to listen to.

  • J.B. Hill, Head of Reference at the Sims Memorial Library in Louisiana, describes a cutting-edge cell phone texting reference service, also known as reference by SMS
  • Assistant Director for Library Systems at the Ehrman Medical Library, Colleen Cuddy is a leading authority on the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs) in libraries. In this session, Colleen shares some of her insights on librarians and PDAs
  • This session features Steven Bell, Director of the Gutman Library, discussing many aspects of library technology, from blogs to tags, with the insight of someone who has looked at the big picture in library technology for many years.

SOLS – Clearinghouse – Training Resources for Library Staff
These free resources include information on a variety of topics including Community Development Resources, Library Administration Resources, Literature and Fiction Resources, Public Services Resources, Technical Services

Each of these free workshops includes links to a PowerPoint presentation, exercises and handouts.
A sampling of workshops includes:

  • Customer-Friendly is More Than Attitude
  • Increase Your Computer Competency – Practical Tips and Tricks
  • Living With Change: Coping and Stress Reduction in the Library Workplace
  • Practical Project Planning and Management for Libraries

Internet Library for Librarians
This free resource was designed to assist librarians in locating online information relating to librarianship.

Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL)
These free podcasts are available for listening to on your computer, MP3 player or iPod.
A sampling of podcasts available includes:

  • Wiki World
  • Library Services for Older Adults
  • Gaming and Libraries

YALSA's E-Courses
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) offers e-courses (for a fee) several times a year. Courses are four weeks long and meant to be the equivalent of a one-day workshop. Two courses are being offered July 17-Aug. 17, 2006. A round of fall courses will be offered in October. These CE opportunities are for librarians and library workers who serve teens and cover topics such as teens and technology, adolescent development, programming for teens, marketing teen programs and more.