Continuing Education Opportunities for Library Staff

Below you will find a list of webinars, projects, and other resources that library staff can work on while the library is closed. 

Webinars from Webjunction

Webjunction builds the knowledge, skills, and confidence of library staff to power strong libraries that are the heart of vibrant communities. A program of OCLC Research, WebJunction is free and welcome to all libraries to use, regardless of size, type or location.

Upcoming Live Webinars from Webjunction:

Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis : March 31, 2020 from 3-4pm 

Public and School Libraries: Creative Ways to Build Successful Partnerships – April 8, 2020 from 3-4pm

Course catalog of webinar recordings available to view anytime

Topics include:

Librarians Respond to Coronavirus and Other Pandemics– March 26, 2020 at 4pm, from Library 2.0

Webinar series from PLA
Join PLA for this new, free webinar series featuring updates on the current status of the pandemic, examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, and opportunities to share and learn from each other.
Link to more information:

Honoring Infancy: Upcoming Webinars
In April and May, the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee will be hosting a series of free webinars on the topic of working with infants in the library:

Know & Go: Spotlight on Virtual Storytimes – Amigos Library Services – register for free to view the recording of this event which happened in the past.

Tech-Talk: Due to the nationwide shutdown of schools, libraries and academic institutions, and the resulting need for more ONLINE LEARNING, Shared Results International is making our TECH-TALK content available for free for students, teachers and patrons … for the duration of this crisis.

Collections Care in the Age of COVID-19

Connecting to Collections Care would like to announce a Facebook Live Event on April 2, 2020 at 2pm EST “Collections Care in the Age of COVID-19″​. Members of our Facebook Community will have the chance to listen to and ask questions from panelists including preservation librarians, conservators, and other experts in the field of collections care on such subjects as collections storage situations, collections care standards, disaster plans, and the challenges of working from home.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Hosts scheduled webinars and recordings


Friday, April 3, 2020 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Online Learning Tools Within Your Gale Resources for Public Libraries

As your library quickly makes the move from in-person interactions to online support for your patrons, your Gale resources are here to help! Join this webinar for quick tips on common Gale tools and support materials that you can use to help smooth the transition. This session will be recorded for those who can’t attend.

Register here:

Gale is also offering free access to twenty professional development ebook titles.

Have staff complete courses in Khan Academy that can improve future programming options. Suggested courses include Computer Programming, Hour of Code, and Storytelling, but there are many more to choose from! Directors can even set up a Teacher Dashboard, from which they can assign courses to staff and view completion stats.

Webinar Wednesdays from NYT
Webinar Wednesdays: Opportunities for Teachers and Parents on Remote Learning With The Times
As part of our response to Covid-19 and school closings, we are hosting a series of webinars on teaching and learning with Times and Learning Network resources.

Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services

DHPSNY’s webinars are a great alternative to face-to-face workshops. Our webinars address emerging issues and best practices, with content scaled to apply to small and medium sized organizations with limited resources.
We’re excited to announce we will be presenting a new webinar next week, Assessing Condition Issues in Paper Collections, on Thursday, April 2. Learn more about this presentation as well as our extensive collection of webinar recordings below. Visit to view the full schedule of upcoming presentations and webinar recordings.

Long Island Library Resources Council – Ask an Archivist

LILRC presents: Ask An Archivist: At-Home Preservation Series with Nicole Menchise

During this interruption of our normal working day, Nicole Menchise is going to be creating short (30-40 minute), live Zoom ‘workshops’.  This will be a combination webinar, with slides shared on the screen, and live interaction with her using items from her own home collection.

These webinars are for those interested in getting some practical, professional advice about how to preserve your personal family archives, or are looking to learn something to bring back to their organizations.  Plan to budget 60 minutes for each meeting in order to have ample time to cover the topic and to answer comments and questions during and after the webinar.  

Webinars free and available to all.  No registration needed.

Webinars will be recorded live.  Access to the recordings will be available later on the LILRC website.  See details below:

Preserving a Stack of Old Letters

Learn the professional way to process and store letters while maintaining original order. 

March 27, Friday 12:00-1:00 PM (live) 

Join URL: (phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York))

Preserving What’s Been Stuck In That Old (Scrap)Book

Identifying and preserving items that are found loose in scrapbooks and books.

March 31, Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM (live)

Join URL: (phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York))

Do’s and Don’t for Oral History Interviews

Tips for creating a good oral history interview which requires thought and planning.

April 3, Friday 12:00-1:00 PM (live)

Join URL: (phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York))

Cleaning and Preserving Ceramics and Glass

Learn about best practices for cleaning and handling ceramic and glass objects. 

April 7, Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM (live)

Join URL: (phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York))

Folding Textiles for Long-Term Storage

Learn how to store textiles commonly saved by families and organizations. 

April 10, Friday 12:00-1:00 PM (live)

Join URL: (phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York))

Safely Displaying Archival Materials

Safe and creative ways to showcase your items while maintaining best practices for display.

April 14, Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM (live)

Join URL: (phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York))

More Bang For Your Buck: Making the Most of Preservation Materials

Some practical ideas for ways to make those expensive archival supplies stretch a little further.

April 17, Friday 12:00-1:00 PM (live)

Join URL: (phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York))

As the Digitization and Archives Coordinator for LILRC, Menchise is basing these webinars on some elements of the preservation workshops she has done in the past.  The inspiration came from the “Ask An Archivist” segment she writes for the Long Island Archives Newsletter published bi-monthly for LILRC.  To see the past issues and other publications from LILRC, go to

Grant Opportunities

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes Inc.


In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Community Foundation will be providing support and resources to community-based organizations in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates Counties. In the near-term, mini grants up to $1000 are available to assist nonprofit organizations with:

  • • Costs associated with employees telecommuting
  • • Video conferencing and/or virtual meeting platform subscriptions

If you are in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, or Yates county, apply for a Mini Nonprofit Grant from the Community Foundation. Grants of up to $1000 are available for costs associated with employees telecommuting.

Planning & Development Activities

Use this ALA guide to begin crafting a pandemic preparedness plan to add to your existing disaster plan.