2015 Was a Great Year for Learning, What Will Make Your List Looking Forward?

Kendra Morgan /

As 2015 comes to a close, we’re spending time reflecting on a great year of continuing education and have started thinking about what is ahead in 2016. This year, we hosted 25 webinars with presenters who shared their knowledge on topics ranging from creating project plans (the most popular session of the year!) to healthy workplace communication and fun library programs for adult readers. We also added many new self-paced courses to our free, online course catalog. Here are a list of the titles we added in 2015:

  • Public Library Directors 101: Brought to you by COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies), this four-part video series introduces some of the key concepts every new public library director needs to know on the day they start their new job.
  • Serving Library Users on the Autism Spectrum: The PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Services) team at Florida State University developed four independent, self-paced instructional modules that are intended for librarians and library staff to learn how to better serve their users on the autism spectrum.
  • Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE): Designed by the Idaho Commission for Libraries, this suite of 12 self-paced courses covers key topics including technical services, public services, and collection development.
  • Leaving Fort Ref: Reaching Out with Reference: This self-paced course is based on a webinar offered by staff from Douglas County Libraries in Colorado. The staff recognized that the role of reference is changing and took an active approach to examining what reference could look like for their community.

The WebJunction course catalog is always free and always available when you are. You’ll find 42 online, self-paced courses and over 183 curated webinar archives on a wide range of library-specific topics, including customer service, library management, and programming—something for everyone! In fact, we added 31 archived webinars in the past few months, so if you haven't explored the catalog in awhile, now is the time.

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What are your resolutions and goals?

At the top of our goals for 2016 is to revisit some of the existing courses and make updates to keep the content relevant and reflect changes in the field. We already have great webinars scheduled for the beginning of the year, and we’re excited to see what other important topics will surface as the months go by. I hope that committing some time to personal and professional development is part of your plan—and the team here at WebJunction is ready to help you succeed. Cheers!