Sometimes it’s hard to set aside the time and money to attend library conferences or workshops. However, there are some great FREE resources on the internet that we should all be taking advantage of.
The SirsiDynix Institute often offers online “webinars” for professional development. I have attended several and found them very useful and interesting. These webinars focus on a variety of topics, including publishing in the profession, Library 2.0 and users’ perceptions in using the library.
After the webinar, SirsiDynix posts the presentations and provides downloadable podcasts and the audio. I highly recommend it.
Online Progamming for All Libraries (OPAL) is another professional development resource. I have not yet taken advantage of their online courses and seminars, but I know several colleagues of mine have. They speak very highly of their experiences.
I urge everyone to check these resources out.