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COVID-19 Support for Libraries and Librarians: Professional Development & Support

Tools to help West Virginia libraries and librarians in response to COVID-19.

COVID-19-Related Events

Professional Development and Support Opportunities

Some organizations are making special offers or providing other opportunities to support librarians and their communities during this time.

Free Webinars and Training for Academic Library Workers (Jessica Dai, WVU Libraries)

Created by Jessica Dai at WVU Libraries and crowdsourced:

Crowdsourced Library Webinar Schedule (Crystal Chen, New York Public Library)

Maintained by Crystal Chen, New York Public Library, and crowdsourced.

ACRL Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries

This LibGuide from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) lists numerous resources to help librarians, teachers, and others newly supporting distance learning. Topics covered include Government Resources, Distance Education and Engagement, Self-Care and New Ways of Working, Free Learning, ALA Resources, and Community Resources.

Citing the Obvious Podcast (ExLibris)

A podcast discussing issues facing the modern academic library that interviews librarians and thought leaders. Several episodes tackle reopening and coronavirus-related issues.

Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)'s #DPConnect

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has launched an online platform to connect members of the digital preservation community during a time when many are working in isolation. #DPConnect <> is a new activity which will provide an ongoing, online presence at regular intervals each day, run so that it is available in different time zones around the world. It is available to all digital preservation community members free of charge, DPC Members and non-members alike, provided all participants are respectful and supportive of one another and adhere to the DPC's Inclusion and Diversity Policy.<>.

Healthy Community Tools for Public Libraries

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) created to provide health-related reference tools, training on health reference, and free databases.

InfoPeople COVID-19 Resources for Library Staff
Free webinars, Niche Academy tutorials, and general COVID-19 resources for library staff during the COVID-19 emergency.

Niche Academy COVID-19 Support Tutorials

Collaborative tutorials developed by the library community on many aspects of coping with and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OCLC Virtual Town Hall: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis (RECORDING) (WebJunction)
Panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries share their experiences with the shifting landscape, including how libraries are moving services, programming, and learning online. They also discuss methods for taking care of ourselves and one another as we grapple with the stress and fear that results from a crisis of this magnitude. Panelists include:


Link includes recordings of the webinar, slides, a chat log, and captions.

Public Library Association: Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Free Webinar Series

Free recordings provided for several popular webinars from March and April, including The Current Landscape, Successful Ways to Work Remotely, Managing Stress and Anxiety, Innovative Solutions in Times of Crisis, National Survey Results, and Strategies for Advancing Digital Equity Now.

Share-Outs and Celebrations of All Things Adolescent Literacy with Dr. Andrea Lemon

Beginning the week of April 6th, Dr. Andrea Lemon will be hosting weekly 20 to 30 minute share-outs and celebrations of all things  adolescent literacy. Live, interactive, weekly share-outs will feature free digital and non-digital learning resources, professional discussions, and celebrations of the great work you and your fellow WV educators do every day. Using the Microsoft Teams platform, each share-out can host approximately 200 educators, so more than one day/time may be needed each week. Each Monday, an announcement of dates, times, and topics will be posted to the ELA and Library Media Listserv.

Please see the Event Listing to the left for upcoming dates and more information.

WebJunction Training and Resources:

About this Guide

This guide is a work-in-progress and will be updated as we are able.

Listings are not endorsements and may not be comprehensive. If you learn of something that you'd like us to include, please share it with the librarian below.

Digital Resources Librarian

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