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

Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness Training via Niche Academy

The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness authored by Ryan Dowd is now 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.

Create a  Niche Academy account at no cost to you today to access the training module. If you experience any issues accessing the training, please email Erin Kelsey, library consultant at ekelsey@library.ohio.gov.

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 LibraryLeadershipOhio.org

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.

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.

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.

 

Training from Other Ohio Library Continuing Education Providers