BCLA Perspectives

Professional Development Resources

From your answers in the 2018 Professional Learning Assessment Survey and the BCLA Perspectives 2018 technology survey, to surfing the web and drawing from our own knowledge banks, we’ve compiled a few resources to check out in your own quest for professional development. We hope you’ll share your own PD tools and tips in the comments below. 

Library Leaders Excellence and Development (LLEAD) https://www.libraryleadership.org
This 12-month leadership program is centred on an in-person learning institute and supplemented with in-person and/or online sessions, and ongoing mentoring. Enrolment is limited.

Library Technician post-diploma certificate program
The University of the Fraser Valley focuses on library technicians in a part-time, online program for continuing education.

Public Library Management
edX has an online professional certificate program for public libraries with eight courses ranging from marketing to budgeting and identifying community needs.

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox http://sandbox.acrl.org/resources
Browse by frame, resource type, or discipline to find activities and lesson plans for teaching information literacy classes.

LGBTQ2S Toolkit http://lgbtq2stoolkit.learningcommunity.ca/
This site’s tagline is “making it better now for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.” Its many resources help “staff and organizations become better allies of LGBTQ2S youth.”

W3Schools https://www.w3schools.com/
Learn how to use various coding languages or refresh your skills. Some languages included are HTML, JavaScript, SQL, and Python.

WebJunction https://learn.webjunction.org/
This course catalogue list, sorted by topic, has webinars and self-paced courses on many different library topics, icluding advocacy, collections, readers advisory, and teaching patrons.

InfoPeople https://infopeople.org/
Find a mix of two- to six-week asynchronous online training courses (for a fee), as well as free one-hour webinars, focused on the library profession and relevant topics. 

Library Juice Academy http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/courses.php
Online professional development workshops that promote in-demand training for library workers.

Library Toolshed https://librarytoolshed.ca
A site where library staff share training, instructional and programming resources created by other library staff.

Education Institute http://www.accessola.org/web/PARTNERSHIP/Education_Institute/About.aspx
Source for webinars and online courses offered year round. Run by The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada, genres include teaching and learning, research and assessment, and staffing, training, and mentoring.