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, the four regional library systems (SEO, SERLS, NEO-RLS, & NORWELD) and the State Library of Ohio.

Training & Development Programs and Resources

ILEAD USA – Ohio

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.

In-person sessions take place on March 21-23, June 13-15 and October 24-26, 2017.

Library Leadership Ohio

The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET once again collaborated in 2016 for the Library Leadership Ohio Institute held July 19-22. 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 LibraryLeadershipOhio.org

WebJunction (Ohio library staff only)

The State Library of Ohio provides support to help WebJunction provide information and training opportunities at no cost to staff working in all types of libraries and museums, and LIS students. WebJunction support is paid for in-part through federal IMLS LSTA funds.

Competencies

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.

Webinars

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.

Announcement: Skillsoft online courses, which has been paid for by the State Library of Ohio, and managed by WebJunction, ends June 30, 2017. Accounts will be deactivated and learning history erased to preserve users’ privacy.

Users are encouraged to complete any in progress courses and to retrieve Learning Transcripts or certificates of completion. To access these:

  1. Log in to your existing account at: https://webjunction.skillport.com. You can’t recall your password, please make your best guess, and if incorrect, you will trigger the password retrieval process.
  2. From the home screen, click on Learning Transcript in the left navigation.
  3. From the Learning Transcript page, you can:
    1. Review which courses and content you have accessed, and if you have any completed courses
    2. Print a copy of the entire transcript using the Printer Icon at the top right of the table.
    3. Choose to launch a course or print an individual certificate of completion by clicking on the Actions menu in the right column of each listing.

If you have any technical issues, please use the Support link on the site.

Take Five

The most recent Take 5 event took place at the Northwest Branch, Dayton Metro Library, on May 5, 2017. The theme “Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going: Empowering Youth Advocates” invited attendees to reflect on their experiences and embrace their aspirations. Take 5 includes traditional conference presentations as well as opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas, share successes and inspire each other in facilitated discussions, experiential learning opportunities, and professional networking within a casual environment. Attendees share their dreams and successes in an open poster session and in small group conversations throughout the day.

Training from Other Ohio Library Continuing Education Providers