11 April 2024: Professional Development Opportunities for Librarians and Library Staff

Listed below are selected professional development opportunities of possible interest to CCL librarians and library staff, with descriptions from providers or creators.  If there are errors or you have additions, email pd@cclibrarians.org. Items are listed in chronological order within categories, in Pacific Time. Make sure to confirm registration requirements, deadlines, start times.

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The working draft Resources Related to Generative AI for CCL Libraries is available to all and seeks to capture and share what we are all learning and creating around Generate AI. It will be available on the CCL website soon. In the meantime, contact pd@cclibrarians.org for additions, updates, corrections or add directly to the page in “suggesting” mode.

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Monday, April 15, 2024, 9a - The GPT Dilemma: The Pros, Cons, and Impacts on Learning (webinar), University Maryland, Baltimore County: Join discussion the pros and cons of GPT in education, considering its impact on your learning, future career, and life in an AI-driven era, using examples from Dr. Chen's experience teaching two Data Science courses (one undergraduate and one graduate level).  Part of Webinar Series: AI Privacy and Ethics: Unpacking the Questions Surrounding Artificial Intelligence and Higher Education.
  • Monday, April 15, 2024, 9:30a - Fostering Inclusive Mentorship: Strategies for Supporting Librarians Across Their Careers (webinar), Colorado State University Libraries: Colorado State University Libraries is working to re-envision its faculty mentoring program, centering inclusivity in the process.
  • Monday, April 15, 2024, 11a - Interactive Presentation on Anti-racism in Teaching Online (webinar), ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section: The inaugural professional development offering by DOLS Anti-racism and EDI Committee, facilitated by Dr. Maha Kumaran, initiator and co-founder of the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada Network. Dr. Kumaran's research is primarily directed towards equity, diversity, and inclusion among the library workforce, diversity in library collections and services, and libraries’ ability to meet and serve the needs of diverse user groups.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 9a - Telling Your Story: Effective Faculty Outreach (webinar), University of Central Missouri's Library Science and Information Services.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 9a-4p - Information & Democracy: Education, Access, Libraries, and Society (ID:EALS) Symposium (free symposium), Institute for Information Literacy Purdue University: The 2024 symposium will highlight innovative research investigating the relationship between information use and different types of identifies. The symposium emphasizes information challenges such as inequitable access to health information, mis/mis-information, conspiracism.
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024, 10a - Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Metadata (webinar), Digital Public Library of America: Capturing information about gender and sexuality in descriptive metadata often surfaces questions and unique considerations about how to effectively maximize exposure of diverse collections without mislabeling or putting members of vulnerable communities at increased risk. 


  • April 15-18, 2024, beginning at 10a - All Things Open Week 2024, Kennesaw State University Libraries, in collaboration with Texas Tech University Libraries: Explore a variety of open scholarship practices at our second annual. Open access publishing, data, educational resources, pedagogy, science and more.


  • Mt. San Antonio College: "An exploration of professional development related topics by and for faculty at Mt. San Antonio College” with many of the podcasts focused on community college teaching and learning. The most recent podcast is the audio from a keynote given by Mt. SAC Librarian E. Chisato Uyeki on a sabbatical project, entitled,  "Moving from Burnout to Resiliency."


CCL and LSP topics are covered in LSP Wednesday Webinars, available live on Wednesdays at 11am and archived on the LSP website.


This weekly email has been sent as part of a pilot project of the Council of Chief Librarians (CCL), seeking to identify professional development opportunities for CCL colleagues—in addition to those offered by CCL—and disseminate information about these opportunities through email, CCL website and other appropriate methods.