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Consulting and Training Services provides professional learning opportunities as often as possible, but there are many learning & professional development opportunities for library staff from other organizations.
This is an evolving page - new opportunities will be posted as they are made available.
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Listen to some library podcasts:
- Building Literacy: Public Library Construction - MA Board of Library Commissioners construction team explores topics about library construction projects, from fundraising to design to sustainability.
Circulating Ideas: The Library Interview Podcast
Dewey Decibel - from American Libraries
Fix My Library - explores issues pertinent to libraries, examining the broader implications, and offering our Fix for your library.
Lecture Breakers - Podcast where college professors, instructors, and educators share innovative teaching strategies you can use to increase student engagement.
LibVoices - Hear from librarians of color speak to the fullness of their careers including successes, challenges, and achievements. How do they do it? Join us to find out more about their #LibVoices.
Librarian’s Guide to Teaching - This podcast is hosted by two instruction librarians that are interested in sharing their experiences teaching information literacy, discussing current trends, and having meaningful conversations about librarianship.
Library Figures - a show about the people, data, and tactics behind the marketing campaigns that are changing how libraries engage their communities and patrons.
- Lost in the Stacks - Broadcasting on WREK Atlanta, each show features Ameet, Charlie, Fred, and Wendy from the Georgia Tech Library in an hour of music, interviews, and library talk united by a common theme.
- Shelf Care - from Booklist
Massachusetts Library System
We have LibGuides on all sorts of topics, from Advocacy to Youth Services, and each guide is chock-full of useful online resources.
MLS CE Calendar
Check out our current continuing education offerings.
We have uploaded hundreds of recorded webinars to our Vimeo page.
Lyrasis Group Membership
MLS is a member of Lyrasis, which means MLS members can take advantage of free and discounted webinars.
ALA Essentials for Library Workers
MA library workers can register to receive free access to this workshop training suite. This access is funded by a grant from the Manton Foundation.
State Library Organizations
Several state libraries post various workshops hosted within their state and by outside organizations.
Recorded Trainings and Conferences
Database & Computer Trainings
Collected By Colleagues
Librarians across the world have started their own collections of trainings and online resources during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic for library staff that are looking for professional development.
"Video marketing: Best Practices and Simple Tips for Libraries" from Marketing Libraries Journal
From December 2017, good foundational info. Be sure to pursue what advances may have been made since publication.
Free and open source video software for recording, streaming, and editing.
All-in-One screen recorder, video editor and eLearning authoring software. Non-profit discount makes it affordable. Reportedly a favorite of YouTubers.
Affordable screen capture and recording software.
Snagit's big sister. Screen recorder and video editor program. A bit more expensive than Snagit, though bundled prices are available.
Make movies from your photos, video clips and music. Free from the Microsoft app store.Upgradable to paid PRO app.
Created and edit video and audio files. This is a heavy hitter, with a lot of professional-level bells and whistles. The interface may be intimidating to those new to video creation. Free and Pro versions.
OpenShot Video Editor
Free, open-source product for video editing. Very simple interface.
De rigeur video creation software for mac users.
Lynda.com / LinkedIn Learning
learn about videography and motion graphics, including tutorials on storyboarding, editing and operation of selected software.
Techsmith YouTube Channel
Techsmith is the creator of Camtasia and Snagit, with created video content to teach fundamentals of video creation as well as using their software.
Lighting (if people will be featured)