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

View the Events and Programs calendar on this website, or 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

Critical Conversations

Critical Conversations is a series of online presentations featuring thought-provoking topics and big-picture issues impacting the Ohio library community. These events are sponsored by the State Library of Ohio and OhioNET and supported with federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Vocational Awe: Examining the Cost of Your Service with Fobazi Ettarh (Rutgers University)

Vocational Awe: Examining the Cost of Your Service with Fobazi Ettarh (Rutgers University) The virtual event will be held October 7 at 2 p.m. and a recording will be shared with those who cannot attend live. The presentation is geared toward Ohio library staff of all levels and all library types.

Making Sense of the Moment: The Library’s Role in Helping Us Understand Race and Racism

Making Sense of the Moment:  The Library’s Role in Helping Us Understand Race and Racism was hosted by the State Library of Ohio and Bexley Public Library on August 14.   A recording of the event is now available to view on the State Library of Ohio’s website. The recorded presentation is geared toward Ohio library staff of all levels and all library types.

Continuing Education Roundup For Ohio Library Staff

A publication of the Library Programs & Development division of the State Library of Ohio.

Vol. 2 – Issue 2 (PDF) – Anti-Racism and libraries: There’s Still So Much Work To Do
Vol. 2 – Issue 1 (PDF) – Take Care: Supporting Each Other and Fostering Empathy During Challenging Times
Vol. 1 – Issue 6 (PDF) – Vocational Awe and Creating Healthy Boundaries at Work
Vol. 1 – Issue 5  (PDF) – Individual and organizational anti-racism work: There’s No Magic Formula
Vol. 1 – Issue 4  (PDF) – Promoting anti-racism in professional development, public programming, policies, and our spaces
Vol. 1 – Issue 3 (PDF) – Virtual reference to stay connected to patrons with links to articles, websites, and webinars on the topic
Vol. 1 – Issue 2 (PDF) – Connecting patrons with social services and links to articles, websites, and webinars on the topic of social work, social services, and connecting with communities
Vol. 1 – Issue 1
(PDF) – This debut issue features CE opportunities available to all Ohio library staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness Training via Niche Academy

The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness authored by Ryan Dowd is available for all Ohio public library staff. The four-part training is hosted by Niche Academy. It is an empathy-driven approach that provides best practices for library staff on how to understand the homeless population and serve them better. There are also practical tips on how to deal with and de-escalate common situations and issues and make staff feel empowered and safe. A former director of a Chicago homeless shelter, Ryan Dowd is the author of The Librarians Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone. He travels all over the U.S. speaking to libraries about how to best help homeless patrons using empathy and respect.

Click here for more information about the training and live and recorded webinars.

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


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.

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.

Transforming Lives One Teen at a Time: What Directors Should Know

A Transforming Teen Services Event. An interactive webinar on May 12, 2021 covering key concepts in effective Teen Services.

Reimagining School Readiness Workshop

The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages birth to 8 years for success in school and in life. Through an online interactive presentation with hands-on activities, this training  introduces library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit.

WebJunction (Ohio library staff & board members 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