February 2021 – What’s New for You in Professional Development

February 2021 PD - Advocacy During an Austerity Budget

Program Description:

In this budget climate, library leaders need an effective plan to advocate for their funding. Whether you are in a community, on campus, or at a school, you will be facing COVID-related budget pressures. Join EveryLibrary’s executive director John Chrastka for a discussion of how austerity budgets work and what new advocacy techniques and skills you need to support your next budget request. Come ready to learn what the current revenue forecasts are for states, municipalities, and education, along with effective ways to gauge community priorities and sentiments during COVID-19, and some of the best ways to frame your advocacy message in light of current concerns. We hope for you to come away with actionable insights on building coalitions and partnerships to help advocate for your library.

Presenter Bio:

John Chrastka is co-founder and executive director of EveryLibrary, the only national political action committee for libraries, and the EveryLibrary Institute, a public policy and tax policy think tank for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has supported public libraries in numerous funding negotiations with elected officials and on 115 election days to help to secure over $1.8 billion dollars in stable tax money for libraries. The EveryLibrary Institute publishes funding-focused research and recently hosted the Library Advocacy and Funding Conference as a key part of its training agenda.

Share your expertise and experience. The AzLA Professional Development Committee Monthly Webinar Series is back, and we want you. Submit your webinar proposal here. Submissions will be considered on a monthly basis.

The Professional Development Committee wants to add more voices to our group. If you are ready to help shape the direction of AzLA professional development, contact Patty Jimenez at development@azlahistory.org. We are interested in adding librarians from all types of libraries, from all over Arizona. 

Want more professional development? Check out the sources below!

$ = This webinar requires a fee


  • February & March: NEA Big Read Phoenix: Celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture (The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing – ASU)

Children and Young Adults

Information Literacy & Teaching

Leadership and Staff Development

Library Outreach, Marketing and Advocacy

Technology & Tech Services

User Services

For a complete listing of webinars, see below:

AZ State Library [for a complete listing]

American Association of School Librarians  [for a complete listing]

American Library Association [For a comprehensive listing see ALA’s E-Learning Catalog]

Listing by ALA Unit

Booklist  [Check out the webinar archives for past classes]

EBSCO has hundreds of webinars in their training center  to choose from each month.

Infopeople [For a comprehensive listing see all upcoming training | archived webinars | on demand–Niche Academy Classes]

Infopeople offers a variety of webinars and self-paced online courses on topics of high interest for library staff. Webinars are free, and the Arizona State Library has purchased a block of registrations for the online courses. Arizona library staff may register for courses by sending an email to Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov, containing:

  • The course name and dates
  • Registrant’s name
  • Registrant’s email
  • Library name
  • Library address
  • Library phone number

Library Journal: Online Courses | All Webcasts | School Library Journal Webcasts

Library Juice Academy:  Online Courses

Arizona library staff may register for courses by sending an email to Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov, containing:

  • The course name and dates
  • Registrant’s name
  • Registrant’s email
  • Library name
  • Library address
  • Library phone number

Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development workshops for librarians and other library staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills. Workshops are taught asynchronously, so you can participate as your own schedule allows, within a four or six-week period.


Medical Library Association

PCI: The Arizona State Library now has a subscription to PCI Webinars, giving Arizona library staff access to one live webinar a week and to the webinar archives. PCI Webinars offers webinars specifically for library staff. Email Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov to register.

Public Library Association On Demand Webinars

Archived Webinars by Topic:

TechSoup for Libraries [check here for updates]

WebJunction: Search Course Catalog Browse all Webinar Recordings

Access to WebJunction’s self-paced online library courses is now available and free to all library staff members. Simply create an account at http://learn.webjunction.org and then explore the catalog of library-focused courses and archived webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you for any of the courses or archived webinars you complete from the catalog.

YALSA: Registration | Upcoming Live Webinars | Free Competencies Webinars | Webinars-on-Demand

The Arizona State Library has purchased a subscription for Arizona Library staff to access the YALSA member or subscriber only webinars. Email Email Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov for access.

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