Continuing Education

Continuing Education
Continuing Education

The New Jersey State Library offers a variety of training opportunities for New Jersey librarians, library support staff, and trustees. This page will feature both New Jersey State Library created and licensed content on a broad range of topics designed to help you fulfill your responsibilities and to grow professionally.  Our top priority is to help you grow, develop, and never stop learning.

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Library Support Staff

Upcoming Continuing Education Workshops

Making the Business Case for a Digital Preservation Program


Highlighted Content from WebJunction

  • Library Storytimes during COVID-19 – Connecting with Families: In part two of a two-part series, Saroj Ghoting, early childhood literacy consultant, looks at ways to connect with families during virtual storytimes, to share tips and support with parents and caregivers
  • Social Library, Cooking Edition: Each day we discover new ways libraries are expanding their online offerings in response to this challenging time. In this latest edition of our Social Library series, we’re highlighting examples of online cooking classes!
  • Recap: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis, OCLC Virtual Town Hall: On 13 April, an OCLC virtual town hall explored these issues with four guest panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries who shared their experiences with the shifting landscape, discussing how libraries are moving services, programming, and learning online.

WebJunction Webinars for You

This upcoming webinar is open for registration. If you can’t attend a live session, all WebJunction webinars are recorded and available for free in the Course Catalog.


Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis
Thursday, June 11, 2020 ◆ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ◆ 60 minutes

With the economy staggering, unemployment soaring to unprecedented heights, and families reeling from weeks of confinement and uncertainty, people are turning to their libraries for help. Many of the issues people are struggling with involve civil legal information; questions related to unemployment, debt/money issues, foreclosures and evictions, or family stressors are all on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, two law librarians highlight the most common civil legal issues they are seeing, provide guidance on key ways for public libraries to respond to civil legal needs, and discuss best practices for online reference services. Let’s work together to re-empower our struggling communities and demonstrate just how essential libraries are in times of crisis.

Presented by: Jenny Silbiger, State Law Librarian, Access to Justice Coordinator, Hawaii Supreme Court Law Library; and Joseph Lawson, Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library (TX)


Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 ◆ 3:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Pacific ◆ 90 minutes

Many libraries are moving their storytimes online, to be able to engage with families during times of social distancing. If you want to launch virtual storytimes at your library, but don’t know where to start, this webinar is for you! This comprehensive introduction to virtual storytimes will include book selection and copyright, technology and social media tools, strategies for accessibility and inclusion, early literacy activities, and ideas for promotion. Learn lessons on how to create a dynamic and engaging online presence and building a rapport with your virtual audience.

Presenter: Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager, Dakota County Library (MN)


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National Training Calendar

LYRASIS and the New Jersey State
Library are teaming up to bring
New Jersey libraries opportunities
for professional development.
Choose from a wide variety of
class titles and sessions. Save on
LYRASIS classes and events: use
code NJSL19-20 to register.
LYRASIS Learning
LYRASIS Learning gives you access
to the entire catalog of LYRASIS
training, including all recordings of
all our on-demand classes as well
as unlimited live classes for an
entire year.
WebJunction‘s free, online course
catalog has over 40 self-paced,
online courses on library topics,
as well as over 250 curated
webinar archives ready and
available when you are. Take
courses when your time permits,
and earn completion certificates
as  you finish each class. All
learners will need to create
a new account.
The Wyoming State Library provides
a calendar of free training relating to
libraries, their functions, and their staff.

Connecting to

Collections Care



Connecting to Collections Care Logo National Network of Libraries of Medicine Infopeople Logo
The Connecting to Collections Care
Community helps smaller cultural
institutions to provide
well-informed care for valuable
collections. Search this website for
preservation and conservation
information, links to resources,
access to recorded webinars,
and online discussions.
The National Network of Libraries of
Medicine is pleased to offer many
professional development resources
and opportunities for librarians,
health professionals, public health
workers, and consumers.
Infopeople provides quality
continuing educations opportunities
to library staff that are tailored to
library needs and developed by
experienced library professionals.
Training formats include 2-6 week
asynchronous online courses as well
as free one-hour webinars.

         Library 2.0

The future of libraries in the digital
age. Contains archives of previous
conferences and access to paid