21 March 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.

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Thursday, March 21, 2024, 1p - Critical Conversation: Celebrating Black Men in Librarianship (webinar), Augusta Baker Programming USC’s School of Library and Information Science: Moderated lecture with '23 Loeb Fellow Shamichael Hallman, currently serving as Director of Civic Health and Economic Opportunity at Urban Libraries Council (ULC), and presently creating ULC's upcoming focus on libraries as essential city and county infrastructure, including their value as physical spaces and a connector of diverse lived experiences.
  • Monday, March 25, 2024, 12p - Assesments of DEI (webinar), Scholarly Research Committee, Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) of ACRL: This spring webinar focuses on assessments of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community college settings.Community college librarians and staff are encouraged to attend; the event is open to all academic librarians.
  • Monday, March 25, 2024, 11a-12:30p - Why Do I Stay in Librarianship IV? — The DEI Perspective (webinar), AESRL: As a follow up to popular series “Why I Left the Profession –DEI Perspective” — “Why Do I Stay–The DEI Perspective” series is taking a closer look at resiliency and optimism in the face of many obstacles and challenges.
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 12p - Fostering Connection: Addressing Library Employee Loneliness (webinar), National NNLMA: Recognizing the urgency of this concern, this session aims to explore the causes and consequences of loneliness among library staff and provide practical strategies to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace environment.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 7a - What the Research Says - Digital Privacy in Libraries as Digital Literacy (webinar), Indiana State Library: Article VII of the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights states that “Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy”. With the proliferation of digital services available through libraries both public and academic, this imperative extends out beyond the walls of the library and into the realm of digital privacy.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 11a - A Higher Purpose: Censorship and Intellectual Freedom Today (webinar), Georgia Library Association: This webinar will discuss some of the motivations behind censorship and book banning in America. We will discuss the impact of moral belief and organized thinking on efforts to remove materials from schools and public libraries, as well as historic examples of tactics being used today.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 11a - Inclusive Pedagogy (webinar), ACRL Instruction Section (IS): Topics of inclusive pedagogy have a strong connection to the field of education and are usually centered on instruction issues. These connections have strongly influenced LIS practice especially through libraries' information literacy and instruction roles, and the instruction component of reference services.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 11a - Anxiety in Academia: Librarians' Guide to Recognizing, Responding, and Collaborating for Student Well-Being (webinar), Niche Academy: This webinar is designed to empower librarians with the knowledge to recognize anxiety, their role in supporting student’s mental health and the importance of collaboration over direct intervention.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 11a - Using AI in the Library Classroom (webinar), ACRL Science and Technology Section (STS): Information Literacy
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 12p - Environmental Justice: A Public and Academic Libraries Partnership in San Diego County (webinar), Network of the National Library of Medicine: Learn how the San Diego Circuit Libraries, a consortium of 6 public and academic libraries in San Diego County, cohosted community author talks, built a resource guide focused on advancing climate resilience, sustainability, and environmental justice, utilized a logic model to make data driven decisions.
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024, 10a - What You Need to Know: Inclusive Access (webinar), Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) of ACRL: Part of a workshop series highlighting important open educational resources (OER) topics. All community college librarians are encouraged to register for a session(s) that interest you. Register for each session by clicking below the session name. Slides and recordings of each session will be shared to registered participants.
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024, 11a-12p - Challenging Employee Conversations Without Fear (webinar), LibraryWorks: This webinar is designed to help you take the fear out of challenging interactions like performance improvement, discipline, and even termination. 


  • AI and Libraries: Enhancing Services and Engaging Communities (webinar), WebJunction, August 9, 2023 (1h 30m): Learn about AI fundamentals, its relevance to libraries of all sizes and types, and how it can enhance services and engage communities. Discover various uses of AI, such as data analysis and service development, and gain practical tips on integrating AI using affordable and accessible tools. Create a free account to access course.

Request for CC Library Input

  • Community College Librarians as AI Leaders on Campus (survey), ALA 2024 ALA/ACRL-CJCLS Program Committee: Input is requested to gain insights into the evolving needs, challenges, and innovations prompted by AI technologies specifically in community and junior college libraries. Identifying information will be removed to maintain confidentiality. 


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.