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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.

Amigos Library Services: Virtual Storytimes Webinar Free 3-Month Access to Archived Recording 

This webinar takes a look at some of the ways that many libraries are already offering Virtual Storytime services, early Literacy best practices, increasing family engagement and storytime accessibility. Viewers will also leave with the foundation to develop a plan for your library. Register at

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.

The League of Awesome Librarians (The Library Collective) Trial Membership

The Library Collective is offering free 60-day memberships at the "Awesome" level to their professional social network, "The League of Awesome Librarians." Sign-up is available until April 1, 2020, at

Library Journal

Library Journal is offering a temporary, all-access pass to support the library community during the COVID-19 emergency. Access includes temporary free access to the digitized edition of LJ, as well as all the content on their website. Log in with the following credentials for full online access to
Email:  Password: LJfullaccess1

Library Juice Academy 10% Discount

Library Juice Academy is offering a 10% discount on all course registrations through the end of April. Use the discount code CRISIS10 at checkout if paying with a credit card. To apply the discount to a payment by invoice, mention it when you inquire. The discount can't be combined with other discounts that may be available to you (e.g. as a member of a consortium).

Library Works

Three free webinars may be viewed free and on-demand until June 30 with no registration required:

Numerous other Library Works Webinars on Demand are also offered at a reduced rate ($25 instead of $49) through June 30.


LYRASIS is providing several opportunities to help support libraries and their communities during this time:

  • LYRASIS is opening LYRASIS Learning to members and non-member institutions alike through May 31, 2020. Members will have access to all live AND recorded classes at no charge during this time. Non-member institutions will have access to our vast library of recorded classes. Email to register your institution.
  • Need a virtual classroom or place to meet? Use LYRASIS's extra Zoom rooms as availability allows. Email
  • LYRASIS is offering complimentary access to our professional services and senior staff, from our CEO onward (including HR, Fiscal, Technology, Strategy, Vendor Negotiations, etc) with no limits for the duration of this crisis. Their leadership team and outward facing staff are available for 1:1 discussions as needed. Email Jocelyn Jones for more information or to schedule a meeting.
  • Office Hours with LYRASIS staff and teams: A complete list of office hours will be announced during which you can collaborate in real time with LYRASIS's experts on challenges ranging from HR questions to digital technologies and beyond.

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.

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