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This resource guide was designed to provide public librarians with access to continuing education and professional development resources.
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Training Programs


Locate grant and scholarship money for continuing education training.

Library Associations

Join local, regional or national library associations and participate in the professional workshop opportunities that take place during their annual conferences. 

Library Jobs

Online Self-Paced Tutorials

Take advantage of the many self-paced learning opportunities that exist online. 

  • Alaska OWL KnOWLedge Center
    "The Alaska knOWLedge Center is a collection of tutorials, fact sheets and more to help you do more on the internet."
  • Alaska OWL Library Staff Tutorials
    The Alaska OWL Library Staff Tutorials webpage provides access to computer hardware, software and videoconferencing user guides and references sheets.
  • Catalogers Reference Shelf (CRS)
    The Catalogers Reference Center is a one-stop reference resource for catalogers and technical service staff, providing access to 21 MARC manuals and other reference works published by The Library of Congress.
  • CodeAcademy
  • Collection Development Training
    "Collection Development Training (CDT) provides practical training in how to perform collection development activities in public libraries. Each activity is presented as a separate section with links to helpful Internet sites, lists of books and articles for further reading, and definitions of key terms."
  • CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries
    The 2012 edition includes information on eBooks.
  • Ebscohost Online Training videos
    Access a library of EBSCO how-to tutorials, many in multiple formats, written for multiple audiences and covering Novelist, eBooks and Audiobooks, Searchasaurus, the Small Engine Repair Reference Center and much, much more.
  • Goodwill Community Foundation Technology
    Check out the Goodwill Community Foundation Technology website when you are looking for introductory tutorials on information literacy, emailing basics or various Microsoft applications.
  • Library of Congress Professional Development Online Modules
    Earn continuing education credits by completing a self-paced professional development learning module available from the Library of Congress.
  • Mango Languages
  • Ohio Library Council (OLC) Online Learning Tutorials
    The Ohio Library Council has created three online learning tutorials focusing on library marketing, references services and library orientation.
  • PRIMO Peer Reviewed Instructional Material
    "PRIMO is a means to promote and share peer-reviewed instructional materials created by librarians to teach people about discovering, accessing and evaluating information in networked environments."
  • Simple Book Repair Manual
    "The web version of the Simple Book Repair Manual was created by members of Preservation Services, Dartmouth College Library. Copyright 1996 the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for copying and redistribution as long as this copyright notice is included."
  • STAR Reference Manual
    The STAR Reference tutorial was created by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Webcasts & Archived Webinars

  • Archived Webinars for Librarians
    he Alaska State Library offers many webinars to help educate and promote professional development for librarians across Alaska.

  • Booklist Online
    Be sure and register in advance for the Booklist webinars, if you can't attend the scheduled webinar they will send a link to the recorded webinar.
  • Infopeople Archived Webinars
    Take advantage of the extensive list of archived webinars which are freely available from Infopeople.
  • Library of Congress Webcasts
    Library of Congress webcasts feature visiting authors and scholars discussing how they have used the primary sources available from the Library of Congress.


Blogs are sources of continual learning. Find a few blogs that interest you and make time each week to read a few posts and share your comments wtih the authors. 

  • Daniel AKA Alaskan Librarian
    Daniel Cornwall is a librarian in Alaska. His library-themed blog describes his experiences working in reference, government documents, management and now tech education and distance outreach support.
  • Librarian By Day
    Bobbi Newman describes herself as a blogger, a Tweeter and an international public speaker.
  • Librarian in Black
    Sarah Houghton is the Director of the San Rafael Public Library and has been working in libraries for the past 15 years. Her focus is on technology and the power of libraries to change lives.
    Jessamyn West is a library technologist. She describes herself as a user-focused librarian when working in libraries, and a library activist when she isn't.
  • Public Libraries Online
    Public Libraries Online is the companion website to the Public Libraries and features topics of interest to public librarians.
  • Tame the web: Libraries, Technology and People
    "Michael Stephens, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose University. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs."
  • The "M" Word Marketing Libraries
    This blog follows current marketing trends and provides tips on effectively marketing your library.
  • The Distant Librarian
    Paul R. Pival is a Public Services System Librarian at the University of Calgary, with several years of experience supporting distance education students.
  • The Ubiquitous Librarian: in pursuit of user-sensitive libraries
    Brian Mathews is the Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech. His blog, The Ubiquitous Librarian is about designing better user experiences.

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Professional Literature

  • Digital Pipeline
    Access full-text articles on librarianship in Academic Search Premier and Professional Development (Education) databases through the Alaska Digital Pipeline.
  • ALA Fact Sheets
  • American Libraries Magazine
    The flagship magazine for the American Library Association.
  • Library Journal
    "LJ provides features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy and other professional concerns to public, academic and institutional libraries."
  • Public Libraries Online
  • Social media: A guide for researchers
    This guide written in 2011 provides a good overview of social media and its many uses.
  • Why CE Matters to Your Community
    Learn about the many benefits the people of Alaska realize when their librarians attend continuing education courses and continually update their professional library skills and knowledge.

Friday Bulletin

The Friday Bulletin is the electronic newsletter of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums. Its purpose is to provide information on items of interest to archives, libraries and museums within the State of Alaska. It is also intended to provide Alaskan archives, libraries and museums with a window into the activities of their sister disciplines.


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