Professional Development for Librarians

The Arkansas State Library provides training and professional development opportunities to the state’s library workforce to improve skills and foster leadership within the profession.

Professional Development Hours are available to participants in the Arkansas State Library’s Continuing Education programming.

Library Development staff is available to provide customized training for public libraries on a wide variety of topics including Customer Service, Children’s and Young Adult Services, Public Library Trustee Orientation, and more.

Library Juice Academy

Library Juice Academy offers a wide range of online professional development workshops on topics such as readers’ advisory, children’s services, cataloging, web design, digital preservation, dealing with difficult patrons, and more.

All courses:

  • Are prepaid by the Arkansas State Library
  • Begin the first Monday of the month and last four weeks
  • Involve about 15 hours of work (3.75 hours per week)
  • Require an internet connection and standard browser interface

Course Catalog

Courses are taught asynchronously (meaning that you don’t have to be online at any particular time) and involve reading assignments, offline activities, and class participation. Emphasis is on student interaction with instructors and with each other, supported by a variety of class assignments and reading materials. The instructors are librarians and LIS faculty who have developed specialized knowledge in the subjects they teach.

Registration Information

All librarians and paraprofessionals employed by libraries located in the state of Arkansas are eligible to participate. Participants are limited to one active course at a time. Participants must submit an evaluation to ASL after completion of the course.

Because courses are prepaid by ASL, course requests must be submitted through the Arkansas State Library’s online Course Request Form. Do not register through Library Juice Academy.

Course requests must be submitted to ASL by the 15th of the month PRIOR to the month the course will be conducted, but can be submitted earlier.

Online Course Request Form


WebJunction

WebJunction is an online learning platform that provides free training and staff development programs for library workers. Courses and webinars build the knowledge, skills and confidence of library staff to power relevant, vibrant libraries.

  • Self-paced courses on library topics
  • Curated webinar archives ready when you are

Take courses when your time permits, and earn completion certificates as you finish each class. To be eligible for an account, you must be an employee of a public, academic, special or school library, or archive.

Create a free WebJunction learner account.

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