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Professional Development

In order to assist librarians in Pennsylvania's libraries to meet their continuing education requirements, the State Library of Pennsylvania offers many opportunities for continuing education through in-person workshops and webinars and through other organizations on behalf of the State Library.

Announcements about in-person workshops and webinars are made on the State Library's  listservs and in the Compendium

WebJunction and Skillsoft are also available for Pennsylvania library workers:

Continuing Education Requirements for Public Libraries

For a public library or public library system to receive Quality Libraries Aid, "the library director of the local library or library system shall annually attend at least eight hours of continuing education programs approved by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries." (Education Code (24 PA.C.S.) - Public Library Code, §9334(c)(5).

For a public library or public library system to qualify for Incentives for Excellence Aid, "the local library or member library within a library system shall require at least six hours of continuing education every two years for paid staff working at least 20 hours per week in direct support of the library service." (Education Code (24 PA.C.S.) - Public Library Code, §9335(b)(4)).

Guidelines for these requirements can be found in this statement from the Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development. Continuing Education (CE) Guidelines for Public Library Staff (PDF)

Please contact the Library Development staff at State Library with additional questions (717-787-8007).