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. 

Virtual Advantage: Early Literacy Training

Virtual Advantage: Early Literacy Training – Videos from Mohawk Valley Library System

Video Basics 101

Link to Cherilyn’s slides:

Reading Allowed: Fair Use Enables Translating Classroom Practices to Online Learning

Webinar from American University, Washington College of Law, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.    

YouTube link: 

How to Clean & Sanitize Your Collections During the COVID-19 Outbreak

On March 27th, the American Libraries Magazine published an article about best practices for sanitizing your collection, which can be found here:

IMLS, CDC Offer Guidance for Disinfecting Returned Library Books:

Looking to stay abreast of publishing trends?

Check out these professional journals that are temporarily free and open to the public!

Check out Booklist’s archived webinars, found here, to explore wide-ranging collection development topics.

BookSmarts with Lyndsie Guy!

STLS Resource Consultant, Lyndsie Guy, led virtual sessions called BookSmarts! Is there a genre that you avoid like the plague? Something that, when a patron asks for book recommendations, sends you running straight to Google? Watch Lyndsie’s recordings to work on filling some of those knowledge gaps! Learn about current genre trends, backlist titles worth bumping, and new titles to look for in 2020.

Here are her slides from the Mysteries & Thrillers edition of BookSmarts (5/4/2020):

Here are Lyndsie’s slides from BookSmarts, Romance! (5/11/2020):

Here are Lyndsie’s slides from BookSmarts, SciFi & Fantasy! (5/18/2020):

Here are Lyndsie’s slides from BookSmarts Narrative Nonfiction (6/1/2020):

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.

Course catalog of webinar recordings available to view anytime

Topics include:

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


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

Khan Academy

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. See LILRC website for recording.

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. See LILRC website for recording.

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. See LILRC website for recording.

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. See LILRC website for recording.

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. See LILRC website for recording.

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. See LILRC website for recording.

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. See LILRC website for recoding.

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. 

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