I’m nearly halfway done with my Master of Science in Library and Information Science program at UIUC and I’ve had a handful of assignments that require attending webinars or professional events related to various library-related topics. I’ve done some searching and I’ve asked for recommendations from peers and colleagues for content providers that offer relevant webinars and figured it might be helpful to create a list. This list is for future me and anyone else who is hunting for webinars focused on library topics. This list is by no means exhaustive – I will continue to add to it over time. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite library webinar sources!
First, here’s a listing of dozens of “professional associations in the library and information sciences.” Many associations hold conferences, meetings, webinars, round table discussions, etc., so they are a great resource. Don’t just click on the ones in your local area, either – check out some from around the world! Now, on to some specific resources:
ALA: American Library Association
“ALA eLearning–webinars, courses, workshops, e-forums and more–covers library-related fundamentals, advances, trends, and hot topics for all types of libraries. Find the online options that can best keep you and your colleagues and staff current.”
American Libraries LIVE
” Join library experts and hundreds of your colleagues for interactive discussions on pressing issues in modern librarianship. American Libraries Live webcasts cover the full spectrum of library topics and give the ALA community a chance to learn about and discuss issues it deals with daily. Each program lasts 60 minutes.”
BISG: Book Industry Study Group
“The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) works to create a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry. Our broad membership includes trade, education, professional and scholarly publishers, as well as distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, service providers and libraries.”
“Booklist webinars are free, one-hour sessions geared towards exploring forthcoming titles from the publishing industry and trends in librarianship.”
Colorado State Library – CSL In Session
“CSL In Session is an online learning series of free, hour-long virtual classes on a broad range of library-related topics. These aren’t your standard information-dump-style “webinars.” We’re planning interactive online classes where participation is central to your learning, and where you go away with distinct takeaways that can be immediately applied in your libraries and in your professional lives.”
Demco: Ideas & Inspiration
“Get practical advice from experts on the top-of-mind issues facing today’s libraries.” Free webinars and archives.
“EBSCO is the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries of all kinds. For over 70 years, we’ve partnered with libraries to improve research with quality content and technology.”
Elsevier – Library Connect
“Published 10 times a year in electronic format, the Library Connect Newsletter covers library and information science best practices, issues, technology and trends. The program includes a free newsletter and other resources, such as webinars, live regional events, and interactive forums including Facebook and Twitter.”
Florida Library Webinars
This one does appear to require that you work at a library in Florida.
“Florida Library Webinars is dedicated to bringing the most accurate, relevant and current training to staff working in Florida libraries. We believe that a well-trained library staff makes for an excellent library – providing excellent service to it’s community.”
Gale (A Cengage Company)
“Gale Geek was your weekly half-hour webinar featuring topics, subjects, and scandals associated with libraries across all markets. While the series has ended, we’ve archived most of the webinars.”
“Infopeople provides quality continuing education opportunities to library staff that are tailored to library needs and developed by experienced library professionals. Infopeople is part of the Califa Group, a nonprofit library membership consortium of more than 220 libraries based in California.”
iSchool @ University of Wisconsin-Madison
Look at the webinars section for upcoming webinars as well as recordings of past webinars.
” A worldwide virtual conference about the future of libraries.”
Nebraska Library Commission – NCompass Live
“NCompass Live is the Nebraska Library Commission’s weekly webinar series, covering a variety of library activities and topics. The show is free and open to anyone to watch.”
They have some free webinars on their site, but check if you have access to their subscription content through your university or local library.
“At NoveList, we believe that books and libraries have the power to transform lives. By helping libraries help readers, NoveList empowers libraries to engage and inspire their communities.”
RAILS: Reaching Across Illinois Library System
“We provide continuing education (CE) programs to employees and trustees of our member libraries, and support members’ cooperative professional development activities. … Our mix of CE events includes in-person workshops, videoconferences, and webinars. Many programs are recorded and made available in our CE Archives.”
School Library Journal
A list of online classes, in-person events, virtual events, and webcasts. Hover over each category to choose upcoming or past events.
“School Library Journal is the premiere publication for librarians and information specialists who work with children and teens.”
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
“Join your colleagues for an online presentation and conversation in one of these upcoming live online events. All you need to participate is a computer, an internet connection and either the ability to hear sound through your computer or a telephone. Unless otherwise noted, these Webinars are free of charge and open to anyone in the library field, however some Webinars may be specific to Texas.”
“The learning place for libraries. Join us for free webinars that allow you to meet and learn from library leaders and practitioners. Anyone who has an internet connection can attend and participate in a WebJunction webinar! The webinars are all recorded and made available for you to watch in the WebJunction Course Catalog.
WebJunction’s catalog of courses and webinar recordings on library topics is now open to alllibrary staff and volunteers. A certificate of completion is provided after you have completed any course or webinar you enroll in from the catalog.”