7 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

  • Monday, March 11, 2024, 4:30-5:30p - Abolitionist Futures: A PLSN Discussion Group (discussion), Prison Library Support Network: Want to learn more about prison abolition? Looking to explore the role of information in the prison industrial complex? Excited to discuss ways we can collectively offer resources to address violence caused by mass incarceration? The Prison Library Support Network is collaborating with Metropolitan New York Library Council to host a discussion group.
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 9-10a - Creating Energizing Discussion & Reflection Opportunities with Thinking Routines (webinar), Online Learning Consortium: Explore the Thinking Routines website, discuss the different categories of routines, and engage in experiential activities based on the routines. Explore concrete ways that the routines can be incorporated into a variety of course activities and assignments (such as formative assessments, discussions, reflections, reading responses, and more).
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 10-10:45a - Build a LibGuide for Community Resources (training), Springshare: With LibGuides, you can centralize city, state, and other community resources along with library resources.
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 11a - Technology Update: Patron Engagement Tools (webinar), Library Journal: Experts from Unique Management, LibraryIQ, and Laptops Anytime will demonstrate ways to increase patron outreach and engagement, enhance your library’s visibility, and drive more traffic.
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 12-1p - Blue Marble Librarians: Libraries Helping Their Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather and Foster Socially and Ecologically Conscious Culture (webinar), Network of the National Library of Medicine: Participants will come away with concrete examples of what they can do at their own libraries to support sustainable programing, climate education and mental health resilience as well as ways to get involved with nonprofits doing similar work. Sign up for free account.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 11a - Micro-Practices for Contemplative Teaching (webinar), ACRL Contemplative Pedagogy Interest Group: Learn about a variety of mindful practices to immediately implement into your teaching.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 11a - An Introduction to Passive Readers’ Advisory (webinar), PCI Webinars: Explore how to help patrons find their next great read with passive readers’ advisory tools such as book displays, bookmarks, shelf talkers and lists; learn the features that both guide patrons with specific needs and wants while also marketing your collection.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 12-1:30p - Creating A Person-Centered Library: Supporting Patrons While Avoiding Burnout (webinar), WebJunction: This session reviews ideas and approaches for how libraries can support both high-needs patrons and staff.
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024, 11a - Academic Insights: How Skidmore College Amplifies Its Special Collections (webinar), Choice: Witness firsthand how Skidmore College’s special collections transcend paywalls, granting researchers open access to primary source materials alongside relevant scholarly content.

Looking Ahead: Conferences


  • Feedback on topics of interest you'd like to see in the future are welcomed.
  • Check out upcoming and archived LSP Wednesday Webinars.

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.