I prefer to do most of my continuing education through online methods, like self-paced online courses and webinars. Live webinars are a great opportunity to interact with other professionals interested in a common topic and ask instructors questions, but some days I may be too busy to take an hour at a specific time to attend a live webinar. In those circumstances, I always appreciate when the organization hosting the webinar later offers a recorded version of the training that they post online. Many organizations (including national networks of libraries like NNLM and FDLP) offer recorded archives of their webinars, and these webinar archives can be a fantastic source of on-demand training.
Here are three library organizations that offer webinar archives featuring a wide range of training topics, from marketing and data visualization to finding government and health information resources:
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM): Visit the NNLM YouTube channel to view dozens of recorded webinars, including playlists of webinars from the Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and National Training Office. Also find playlists related to topics like data visualization and bioinformatics and trainings about National Library of Medicine online resources like PubMed and ToxNet. Example: Learn the basics about strong visual design techniques through the one-hour webinar Midday at the Oasis: Good Design for Data Visualization presented by Cindy Olney of the NNLM Evaluation Office.
- Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Academy: Choose the “View past webinars” option on the FDLP website to view a list of past Depository Library Community Webinars, Federal Agency Webinars, FDLP and C&I Webinars (related to cataloging and indexing), and GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) and govinfo Webinars. You can choose to download the slides and completion certificates for webinars and watch a recording of the WebEx presentation. Example: View another webinar related to data visualization and infographics, with the 35-minute presentation Telling your Story with Data.
- WebJunction: The WebJunction site from OCLC offers recorded webinars that can be accessed for free by all library workers and volunteers. Users need to register to access the recorded webinars and self-paced trainings that cover topics ranging from social media, marketing, and outreach to collections development and organizational management. Users can also download slides, handouts, and chat transcripts from the webinars and find links to related resources. Example: Watch yet another webinar related to data visualization: Data Visualization for the Rest of Us: A Beginner’s Guide (1 hour).
Even if you just have thirty minutes to spare during the workday, you can use these webinar archives to find interesting learning topics and watch high quality trainings anytime.