Training & Professional Development

We offer training and development opportunities for Ohio library staff. We also help Ohio libraries develop training and programs for staff and patrons on a variety of topics.

Current Events & Programs

Check out our Events and Programs Calendar to view the full schedule of workshops offered by the State Library of Ohio and other events of interest to the Ohio library community.

Click here to see the Statewide Shared Calendar. The State Library manages a statewide CE calendar where library professionals can view in one place CE events hosted by ALAO, OELMA, OHIONET, OLC, SEO, and the four regional library systems ( SWON, SERLS, NEO-RLS, & NORWELD) and the State Library of Ohio.

Training & Development Programs and Resources


ILEAD USA – Ohio: Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover, a continuing education library immersion program,  combines web technologies’ skills building with leadership training in order to increase awareness of library services, engage libraries’ constituents, and provide opportunities for collaborating on innovative projects.

Library Leadership Ohio

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET once again collaborated on Library Leadership Ohio in 2018.  Recognizing the ongoing challenges faced by all Ohio libraries, we believe that developing the next generation of transformative library leaders is vital to ensure the continued depth, growth, and quality of library services for all.  Library Leadership Ohio takes place every other year. For more details visit

Take Five

Take 5 is an annual event for teen/youth services librarians and library specialists, school librarians, and their allies who support and care about young people. This grassroots-organized, low-cost event grew out of practitioners’ interest in collaboration and dialogue. Take 5 offers experiential learning, hands-on activities, small-group conversations, the space to dream big and engage with high-level issues and trends, and the opportunity to meet and learn from teen/youth services colleagues and from allies in other fields. Past participants describe Take 5 as energizing, creative, and fun.

WebJunction (Ohio library staff only)

WebJunction provides information and training opportunities at no cost to staff working in all types of libraries and museums, and LIS students.


Learn about the skills that are essential to today’s library worker with WebJunction’s Competency Index, find out how to manage your own growth, and get support for how to be a successful e-learner.

Course Catalog

WebJunction’s free, online course catalog has over 25 self-paced, online courses on library topics, as well as over 100 curated webinar archives ready and available when you are.

Create a free WebJunction learner account today, and you’ll find a wide range of topics, including Customer Service, Library Management, and Programming – something for everyone! Take courses when your time permits, and earn completion certificates as you finish each class.


WebJunction webinars are live audiovisual programs that are conducted online via WebEx web conferencing. Anyone who has an Internet connection can participate, listening to the audio broadcast through speakers or headset, or via phone. These free events allow you to meet and learn from library leaders and fellow library practitioners.


Training from Other Ohio Library Continuing Education Providers