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Professional Development Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Looking for a little direction as you work from home? What a great time to engage in virtual professional development activities.

System and State Continuing Education Coordinators are always working hard to bring you fresh content on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to our profession. Here’s a point of entry for professional development opportunities on lots of different subjects.

If you have more to share, please don’t hesitate to send them my way. Thanks!


BadgerLink online resources that are available to Wisconsin residents so you help your patrons find needed information for school, work or personal interest.  Would you like help using these resources? Are you interested in learning about other BadgerLink topics? Let us know!  BadgerLink Resources for Public Libraries

Cataloger's Reference Shelf (offered by The Library Corporation) is a collection of cataloging tools and instructional resources.

Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries (online training module) The Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction offers a professional development course about the role of apps and devices in the lives of young children and their families. This FREE online tool is designed for public library staff serving youth and other educators.

Project Enable (offered by Syracuse University and funded by IMLS) provides free, foundational training, designed specifically for public, academic or school librarians worldwide, to help them gain the knowledge and skills needed to create inclusive and accessible libraries that meet the needs of all students.

Project Ready (through the University of North Carolina with funding from IMLS) is a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

Ryan Dowd’s Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness training gives you more confidence working with patrons struggling with homelessness, mental illness or substance abuse; help your library remain an inclusive library, able to serve everyone; provide tools to achieve fewer problems and less conflict in your library. You must contact your Library System CE Consultant for login info.

A Teen Walks into the Library In this self-directed course from the Colorado State Library, learners will gain a beginning-level understanding of working with teens in the library setting.

Webjunction (funded by OCLC and many state library agencies including Wisconsin) is full of library-specific courses and webinar recordings available for free to all library workers and volunteers.

Wisconsin Webinar Archives

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Shorts:

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference 2020 recordings:

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference 2019 recordings:

Wisconsin Trustee Training Week recordings 2015-2019:

Many thanks to the Wisconsin Library System CE Consultants and CE consultants from other State Libraries whose shared knowledge greatly informed this list.



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