Continuing Education

NYLA provides a wide array of continuing education opportunities ranging from our Annual Conference and Trade Show to Regional Institutes and online courses.

Annual Conference and Trade Show

The Annual Conference and Trade Show held in October/November is the largest state library association conference on the East Coast. Featuring a wide variety of programs, special events, networking opportunities, and vendor displays, the Annual Conference and Trade Show offers educational opportunities for all segments of the library community. 

NYLA Conference Program Archive

Regional Institutes & e-Institute Webinars

NYLA Regional Institutes, both full- and half-day workshops, are offered across the state and focus on current hot topics and bring the most popular Conference workshops to your region. The Institutes can also be custom designed for the needs of particular library systems or libraries. 

NYLA e-Institute Webinars provide professional development that is as close as your computer.

Leadership and Management Academy

The New York Library Association's Library Leadership and Management Academy is an educational program for emerging leaders in the library profession. Participants will gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance up the career ladder in library management.

Enrollment in the Library Leadership and Management Academy is limited initially to 40 students each year. Enrollees are required to complete ten courses over a three year period to receive a Leadership and Management Academy Certificate. Qualifying courses are generally offered around the Annual Conference (Oct. - Nov.) and during June in Saratoga Springs.

Library Skills Academy

This certificate, non-credit Library Skills Academy is offered on the same day over the course of three weeks (e.g. three consecutive Tuesdays), each class is six hours long (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM), and is offered in conjunction with Public Library Systems. It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate from the community college, the individual must complete the entire 18 hour program.

Teaching Skills for Librarians

A Professional Development Course Offered in Collaboration with the College of Saint Rose

Course Description:

The College of St. Rose in cooperation with the New York Library Association is offering a professional development course for librarians. The course will be offered as a completely online study expereince.  The modules will engage students in the development of foundational skills for teaching and learning for librarians; delivery of Instruction about libraries and library skills; use of technology for teaching and information resources for teaching library skills; and the need for collaboration in selecting content for effectively teaching library skills.  The course will run from:
Monday, January 30, 2017 through Friday, April 10, 2017.

Click here for details.

Submitting Proposals to Conduct Professional Development Workshops

NYLA accepts proposals from subject-area experts who wish to conduct workshops at our Annual Conference or our Regional Institutes. More information is available on our workshop proposal page.

State Education Requirements

Attendance at NYLA’s Annual Conference and other professional development opportunities help meet these requirements, plus we keep track of all your NYLA CE hours and can provide you with the documentation you need to keep your certification.

NYLA CE Calendar

Thanks to the efforts of the 2015-2016 NYLA Continuing Education Committee (CEC), an online calendar has been established to serve as a listing for all library-related professional development opportunities.
This calendar is designed to distribute and promote programming, as well as to serve as a planning tool to avoid duplication of effort, and conflicts in scheduling.

In order for this tool to function, it is reliant upon content submissions.
NYLA is asking that all those who are responsible for organizing professional development activities to add submitting the details to this calendar to their production process.

Finding the calendar, and linking to it is easy:
nyla.org/calendar

(It is also linked to from the bottom of the events listing on the lower-right of the NYLA homepage.)

Adding your programs to the calendar is equally easy – Directions for Submitting an Event

One point of clarification – the calendar is intended to catalog professional development for those working in the library community – it is not intended for patron programs, or events targeted at the general public.

Thanks in advance to all those who help this endeavor succeed by submitting events, or sharing and promoting the calendar.