Free learning resources for public libraries

OCLC’s WebJunction offers free, on-demand professional development and continuing education resources to build library staff's knowledge, skills, and confidence to deliver transformational services to their communities. Find out what’s new and coming soon.

Improve access to civil legal justice

New on-demand courses prepare library staff for Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters. This new series builds on the foundational Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice courses that help learners identify civil legal issues and direct community members to relevant information and services. Additional resources and real-world examples, including eviction resources for libraries, support the courses.

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Improve access to civil legal justice
digital stewardship training

Digital collections stewardship training

In partnership with Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, WebJunction is developing a series of on-demand courses on the digital stewardship lifecycle, designed for staff at small public libraries and tribal archives, libraries, and museums. The first three courses of the Digital Collections Stewardship course series are now available, with more on the way. 

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Public Health Crisis Management Playbook for Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Libraries can get started on their institution’s public health crisis management plan with this free tool from the REopening Libraries, Archives, and Museums (REALM) project. This playbook includes a set of guiding processes, resources, and tools to help cultural heritage institutions plan for, navigate through, and recover from a significant public health emergency.

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Public Health Crisis Management Playbook
Community centered space

Design community-centered spaces

This free toolkit features resources that support re-envisioning the library’s place as a center of community learning and social connection. Learn how public library staff can apply design thinking principles to engage with their communities and transform spaces to support active, collaborative learning.  

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Supercharge your storytimes

One of our most popular on-demand courses, Supercharged Storytimes, supports the intentional development of early literacy skills in children during storytime and fosters caregiver and parent engagement with the program. Additional resources include a learning group facilitation guide and toolkit for trainers.  

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supercharged stoyrtimes
Opiod crisis support

Coming soon: Opioid crisis support

WebJunction is developing support kits to help public libraries seeking to address opioid use disorder in their communities. This IMLS-funded initiative builds on a previous OCLC Research project that produced the 2020 report, Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis.  

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Coming soon: Transforming school library practice

WebJunction is developing a set of resources specific to school library staff needs based on the IMLS Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries initiative. The resources cover a variety of topics relevant to transforming school library practice, including presentations by experienced professionals, related handouts, and curated lists of online information.

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Transforming school library practice

WebJunction Course Catalog

WebJunction online course

Our course catalog offers free, library-specific self-paced courses, webinar recordings, and other great learning materials. Certificates of completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements. Create a free account and start learning today.

Upcoming webinars

Join us for free webinars that allow learners to meet and learn from library leaders and practitioners.

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Mar 31

31 March 2023

Universal Design at Your Library

This presentation will introduce the principles of Universal Design and offer concrete advice for how to apply each of the principles at any library.

  • Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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