Continuing Education for Library Employees Illinois State Library


In-Person Training and Development

Directors University

A weeklong continuing education program for 50 new public library directors, this event is held onsite at the Illinois State Library the first week in June. It is a collaboration between the State Library, RAILS, IHLS, and the Illinois Library Association.

Elevate Illinois Libraries Leadership Program

Elevate is offered annually to library staff from any type of library. The participants engage in intensive training that will help them understand the fundamentals of strengths-based leadership, gain insight into their own strengths, and identify a project and action steps that can be implemented using insights from the program. This event is also a collaborative effort of RAILS, IHLS, the Illinois Library Association, and the Illinois State Library.

Targeting Autism Initiative

The Targeting Autism initiative offers on-demand training and consultation services to librarians and all public services library staffs from all types of libraries. Topics covered include: 1) What is autism and why I need to know about it; 2) How to make my library “Autism Friendly;” 3) Accommodations that might be necessary for my patrons with autism; 4) Environmental concerns; lighting, noise; and 5) Special library programming for students on the spectrum.

Online Courses and Training

Public Library Director 101 Series

Produced through COSLA's (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) Continuing Education Connector Project, the Public Library Director 101 Series features four free, on-demand webinar recordings that introduce the many and unique facets of public library directorship to persons who are new to the position or who are considering stepping into that role. The video training series includes a learner guide and resources for each module.

Trustee and Library Administrator Training

Online resources provided by the State Library and other organizations that are pertinent to library trustees, administrators and staff.

Webjunction Online Courses and Webinars

OCLC Webjunction offers library-specific self-paced courses, webinar archives, and other great learning materials. Certificates of Completion are available to help library staff meet CE and LEU credit requirements. WebJunction’s catalog of courses and webinar archives on library topics is now open to all library workers and volunteers nationwide.

Additional Resources

Library Learning (L2)

Library Learning, also known as L2, is the statewide calendar of continuing education, networking meetings, catalog consortium training, and other events for Illinois library employees and trustees.

Wyoming State Library Training Calendar

Compiled by the Wyoming State Library (WSL), this multi-state calendar lists free continuing education webinars for library employees. All events are listed in Mountain Time (MT).