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Keeping Busy – Professional Development

As in-person training, events, conferences will not be able to go ahead for the foreseeable future, below are links to free, online things you can do to keep up your professional development.

CILIPS Online Learning – we are facilitating a number of webinars on various topics

Catch up on your professional reading – our guide to accessing research from the LIS field easily and for free

Articles and Essays from the Association for Scottish Literary Studies – an index of articles, essays, conference papers and other material on Scottish literature and language.

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning – especially recordings of past webinars

Librarian Support Real-Time sessions – free professional development for librarians during the pandemic. Every Tuesday and Thursday live online (1-2pm UK time) join library professionals from across the world sharing their expertise.

Microsoft Word – brush up on your Microsoft Word skills and discover some new tips you might not have known about.

Microsoft Excel – training on the basics of Microsoft Excel. Additionally, you can find courses on using Excel here. There are free and paid courses but many of the paid ones are not too expensive.

FutureLearn – there are loads of MOOCs available on FutureLearn and you can take the majority of them for free. As well as pursuing anything of interest to you, there are a number of courses that could provide useful professional development for library and information professionals. Below are a few to get you started but explore the website and we are sure you will lots more of interest:

There are also lots of online resources that you can use to improve your social media and other digital skills for example:

Learning resources from Scottish Book Trust – help for educators

Webinars from the UK Copyright Literacy Team (Jane Secker and Chris Morrison)

  • Copyright and Online Teaching in a Time of Crisis – webinar and slides
  • Copyright and Online Teaching in a Time of Crisis (2) – webinar and slides
  • Copyright and Online Teaching in a Time of Crisis (3) – webinar and slides
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