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Professional Development Resources for HPL Staff

Previous Learning Updates

Update 1 - March 17, 2020   |  Update 2 - March 20, 2020    |  Update 3 - April 27, 2020 


The following are examples of online learning and professional development that HPL staff can participate in as they work from home. This list will be updated regularly.  

Use the Learning Log to keep track of what learning opportunities you are participating in from home. Download and fill in the Microsoft Word document or use the questions and chart in the PDF as a guide to keep track on paper. You can also use Microsoft Teams to track your progress. Try to set weekly goals and reflect periodically on what you've learned - the possibilities are endless! 

Work-From-Home Learning Program Log - Microsoft Word

Work-From-Home Learning Program Log - PDF


New Learning Opportunities as of April 27th


Libraries Stepping Up! Serving the Needs of Communities in Crisis (Library 2.0)

  • Archive of 4 one-hour sessions (from March 26th)
  • All upcoming Library 2.0 webinars are free until April 30th. To register for a webinar or to view an archive, you need to be a member of Library 2.0 - set up for an account here.

Together in Isolation (The Partnership)

  • Archive (from March 26th)

Libraries and COVID-19: Providing Virtual Services (American Libraries Live)

  • Archive (from March 26th)
  • Note that this will contain American content and all content may not apply to our libraries

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

  • Join PLA for this new, free webinar series featuring updates on the current status of the pandemic, examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, and opportunities to share and learn from each other.
  • Separate registration for each live webinar is required
  • Recordings will be made available after the webinars have taken place

How to Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation

  • Archive from March 20th

Crisis Communications: Communicating with Consistency and Transparency

  • Archive from April 2nd
  • Featuring Paul Takala and Shelley McKay

From Public Services Health & Safety Association:



  • Check out this list of ebooks in our collection and choose one that interests you.
  • When you are done reading it, write a reflection on what you learned and how you can apply it in your own day-to-day life. Use the questions in the Learning Log to write this reflection.
  • After reflecting on the title, log in to your BiblioCommons account and write a review in the HPL catalogue.


Adobe Creative Suite

  • DT has a number of licenses that staff can request to “borrow” for two weeks
    1. You can install Adobe Creative Suite on your computer and explore how they are used
    2. Central Makerspace ELP participants are encouraged to request a license to keep up on skills learned during the program
  • Before requesting a license, check out some of these courses on LinkedIn Learning to learn about the programs within the Adobe Creative Suite (you’ll need to sign in through with your library card).
    1. Adobe creative cloud interfaceYou can also check out individual LinkedIn Learning courses on specific pieces of software that go more in depth (i.e. Photoshop).
  • To request a license, email and specify whether you would like a license for the full Suite (all Adobe programs) or just Photoshop.


  1. You will receive an email with a “Get Started” link. Click this link.
  2. Click the menu button (9 dots) on the right-hand side of the screen, then click “Creative Cloud”. 
  3. Adobe app selection window.Choose the Creative Cloud App you would like to open, or click “All your apps” to see more options.
  4. Your temporary license will expire after 2 weeks. If you’d like to return it sooner, email



  • Dewey Divas and Dudes (Live Stream)
    • Instead of coming to HPL in May as was originally planned, the Dewey Divas and Dudes will be live-streaming two sessions on the following dates:
      • Tuesday, May 26th (Adult Titles)
      • Wednesday, May 27th (Children’s Titles)
    • This page will be updated once more details (including time) are provided.
    • For more information about the Dewey Divas and Dudes, check out their website.
  • A Love Letter to Libraries
    • Series of 7 Ted Talks related to libraries and their communities
  • OLA Mentoring Survey (for OLA members)
    • The OLA Mentoring Committee is looking for input on current services and ideas for help in designing future services for OLA members.
  • Creativebug Library Trial
    • Creativebug is a collection of thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
    • This trial is for HPL staff only and should not be shared with the public.
    • To sign up, visit the link above and enter your HPL email address. You will be prompted to create an account.
    • Staff who register should send feedback to
  • A Future Date Conference
    • April 21-23 2020 (can view recordings)
    • A volunteer-led virtual event with 3 days of curated sessions that were canceled at major accessibility conferences
    • Tune into the conference from their YouTube channel



  • McGill Personal Finance Essentials
    • 8 modules
    • Registration is required
  • SmartServe Certification Course
    • Become certified for free until April 30th
    • Useful for programs and other library events
    • Must be 19 years of age or older
    • Let your manager know you are participating through your Learning Log
    • Send certificate or proof of training to your manager and
    • Availability of this training course may be limited due to high demand.


Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) – Learn HQ

  • If you don’t already have one, now is a great time to sign up for a free Learn HQ account. You can do so here.
  • All LearnHQ webinar recordings are free until April 30th - check them out here (must be signed in).
    • Ottawa Public Library Juvenile Fiction Book Talks
      • This course contains four modules developed by Ottawa Public Library provide information for public library staff on Readers’ Advisory with a focus on current trends in Juvenile Fiction.
      • Recommended for YSI ELP participants or staff who want to feel more comfortable offering RA to middle grade customers.


Technical Services Training


  • WebJunction
    • Sign up here for a free account using your HPL email in order to access these resources.
    • The World of Cataloguing (includes various webinars and resources)
    • Additional WebJunction modules can be found here