If you’re like me, opportunities to attend conferences and other professional development events are a pretty rare occurrence. For one thing, I work at a very small, private institution. I have a very odd job description (read: I have A LOT of responsibilities), including all “systems” activities, as well as all reference and instruction classes for the university, and the ever present “other duties as assigned.” Also, if you read my February post, you’ll remember that my university, and subsequently my library, was heavily damaged when our campus sustained a direct hit from a tornado on January 21st of this year. (We’re recovering quite well, by the way!) So… for reasons beyond my control, it isn’t feasible for me to be away from the office.
Long story short: travel and spending isn’t an option right now, BUT I find other ways to make sure I’m working on professional development and growth. One thing I really enjoy is finding free recorded webinars that I can complete on my own time. You can find them on just about anything; topics include technical services, reference, information literacy, customer service, collection development, programming, and just about anything else.
Today, I thought I’d share just a few of my favorite resources for free webinars:
- Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
- Elsevier Library Connect
- Florida Library Webinars
- NCompass Live
- OCLC WebJunction
I think webinars sometimes get a bad rap, but I personally really enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to learn from others what they are doing in their own libraries and about up and coming trends in library land without breaking the budget. Being able to complete them on my own time is well worth the wait for the recording, rather than attending in real time because I rarely get to begin and finish any task without interruption. There are tons of resources out there beyond the ones I’ve provided, so don’t be afraid to get out there and Google your specific webinar needs.