Two (free) fantastic online learning opportunities

There are many oppportunities for free online learning in the library world, including of course, TechSoup webinars! Coming up in the next few weeks two events caught my eye that I'm particularly excited about: WebJunction's 2-day online conference, Trends in Library Training and Learning, and Library Journal's The Post Recession Library: Why Technology is No Longer a Luxury, featuring R. David Lankes (great speaker!).

Trends in Library Training and Learning

Sponsored by: WebJunction and ALA Learning Round Table August 10-11, 2011

This 2-day online conference includes topics ranging from brain development and learning styles to instructional design and shifting trends in library learning. Presenters will provide practical solutions for libraries looking to implement both staff and patron training using innovative learning techniques that include formal and informal, and online and face-to-face methods. Register to attend one or both days and come and go as your schedule allows.

The Post Recession Library: Why Technology is No Longer a Luxury

Sponsored by:Polaris Library Systems, and Library Journal August 17, 2011–2:00-3:00 PM EDT

How can libraries and librarians utilize the economic downturn to reintroduce themselves to their community? Now more than ever, libraries are uniquely positioned to lead their communities. Technology is no longer a luxury but a way to continue to provide services to a community that so desperately needs them. By embracing technology the library can reinvent itself in the midst of tough economic times.


  • R. David Lankes, Professor and Director LIS Program, Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, NY
  • Bill Pardue, Reference and Virtual Services Supervisor, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL
  • Corinne Hill, Director, Dallas Public Library, TX

Hope to see you there!