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Professional Development

In order to assist Pennsylvania librarians meet their continuing education requirements, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) offers many opportunities for continuing education through in-person workshops, online webinars and resources, and through other organizations working on behalf of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Announcements about in-person workshops and webinars are made on the Office of Commonwealth Libraries listservs and in the Compendium

WebJunction is also available for Pennsylvania library workers and trustees.  WebJunction offers live and archived webinars, courses and content on library technologies, management, and services.


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 the Continuing Education (CE) Guidelines for Public Library Staff (PDF), approved by the Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development.

For questions, please contact Library Development staff at the Office of Commonwealth Libraries at RA-Libdev@pa.gov.

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