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Professional Development

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries offers opportunities for the professional development and continuing education of library staff and trustees through in-person workshops and online webinars.

Announcements about in-person workshops and webinars are made on email distribution lists and in the Compendium

WebJunction is available for Pennsylvania library staff and volunteer leadership. WebJunction offers live and archived webinars, courses and content on library technologies, management, and services.

The PA Library Staff Academy is an online platform of tutorials for Pennsylvania library staff and trustees.  Library staff and trustees may access it via the link to PA Library Staff Academy on the For Librarians section of POWER Library.

Public Library Staff

Continuing Education Requirements

The Public Library Code requires libraries that receive state aid to provide staff with continuing education (CE) that is approved by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

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" (24 PA.C.S. §9334(c)(5). )

To qualify for Incentive 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" (24 PA.C.S. §9335(b)(4). )

The Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development has issued Guidelines for Continuing Education for Public Library Staff that explain the types of CE that qualify and the documentation that is required to verify staff attendance.

School Librarian Continuing Professional Education Requirements

Have a question?

Check out the resources listed on the right or contact the Bureau of Library Development.