Continuing Education, Professional Development, and Academic Programs


Library and Information Studies – Masters and Certificate Programs (many online programs):

• American Library Association’s Directory of Institutions Offering ALA-Accredited Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies.
The latest edition with distance education options also lists programs that are “100% online” and programs that are “primarily online with some face-to-face courses required.”

Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library

• California State University, Long Beach, CATeacher-Librarian Services Credential

• San Jose State University, San Jose, CASchool of Library and Information Science – MLIS program – fully online

• University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) – Dept. of Information Studies.

• University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA. Master of Management in Library and Information Science online (MMLIS), within USC’s Marshall School of Business.  Online – full-time or part-time. For information: .


Judaica Librarianship

• See AJLSC Calendar for and upcoming conferences.


Courses and Workshops in Judaica

• Builders of Jewish Education, Los Angeles.  BJE is the Jewish educational resource for the Greater Los Angeles area. From time to time, BJE offers workshops, seminars, and professional education for administrators, teachers, and librarians of Jewish schools.

• Hebrew Union College-JIR, Los Angeles.  HUC offers full courses of study and lifelong learning (“Learn”) as part of the HUC-JIR Los Angeles curricula.

• American Jewish University, Los Angeles.  AJU, formerly University of Judaism, offers full courses of study on Judaica as part of the AJU curricula. In addition, AJU offers continuing education Judaica courses for teachers and extensive CE courses for general Judaica knowledge. Those geared to Judaica librarians will be listed in the AJLSC Calendar, when available. Also, the Bell and Jack M. Ostrow Library and the Burton Sperber Memorial Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles provides unique exhibits, rare collections, and interactive multimedia experiences, besides the main collection, which incorporated the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA) collection.


Continuing Education and Professional Development in Librarianship

• American Library Association – online courses, videos, webinars (registration fees vary)
Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Young Adult Library Services Association – YALSA’s Online Learning

ALA Online Courses and Resources:
Advocacy Clearinghouse
American Libraries Live – Video broadcasts of various upcoming topics.

• Association of Jewish Libraries:
AJL ha-Safran — AJL’s online member discussion forum with current postings of online classes, workshops, webinars, archives, books, and other items of interest – many free. Subscribe here.
AJL Bibliography Bank — sharing of bibliographies on Judaic topics among AJL members and the public at large.
AJL Book of Life podcasts – interviews and discussions about Jewish books, music, film, and the web.
AJL Conference Proceedings —  A record of Judaica library papers presented at AJL annual national conferences.
AJL Jewish Book Carnival HQ — a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others’ posts.
AJL Jewish Values Finder — selective guide to Jewish values found in Jewish children and teen books, in English or in translation.
AJL Library Management Resource Wiki— A one-stop knowledge base for everything related to Judaica librarianship, including “how to’s” and resources.

• Booklist Online — Booklist offers free webinars. Also, Webinars Archive contains recordings of past Booklist webinars – covering many topics of interest to librarians.

• Info People –  Helping libraries think differently! “Infopeople is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.” Online library courses and many free library webcasts; sometimes on-ground courses presented locally. Some ALA certificate programs.

 OCLC Web Junction publishes Crossroads, a monthly newsletter, with library news and resources. See free online courses for librarian continuing education, and for library workers and volunteers. See also Web Junction Upcoming Events and Archived Webinars.

• Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. – Continuing Education Workshops – online courses (fees vary)


                         MOOCS – Massive Open Online Courses

• Coursera — “An education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.” Example: Copyright for Educators & Librarians.

 Data Librarians — Free online courses and resources for basic concepts of data and data analysis. Example: Resources for Data Librarianship.

• edX — Online free courses, unless you choose a verified certificate, in many topics offered by global members. Higher education focused on “cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses.” Example: Library Advocacy Unshushed.