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

NYLA Webinars

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

NYLA's Webinarary

Interested in watching past webinars? NYLA has compiled a "webinarary" that is free for NYLA members to access! Click here to learn more. 

NYLA Briefinars

We offer a range of Briefinars from learning more about local nonprofits and how your library can partner with them to short talk series from Sections and Roundtables. These will always be 30-minute conversations and are free for all. Learn about our current offerings here

Developing Leaders Program

NYLA is pleased to announce the Developing Leaders Program (DLP). This nine-month program (October - June), totaling 37.5 contact hours, will help participants explore and strengthen their leadership skills.

The program will be delivered in a fully virtual model via live online courses through Zoom. Participants will divided into groups to complete a team-based project.

YSS Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Academy (EALA)

This program ran in 2018 and again in 2019.  Following the pilot years, the program was merged with the Developing Leaders Program.

The YSS Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Academy is a 7 month program is specifically designed for YS Providers who are interested in developing their leadership skills for personal and professional advancement.

VIRTUAL Library Skills Academy

New for 2021, the Library Skills Academy has been reworked into an online format.  The program now consists of six 90 minute live webinars taking place over the course fo six consecutive weeks.
The program remains open to individuals already working in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries.  To receive a certificate of completion, the participant must complete the entire nine hour program.

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 of completion, the individual must complete the entire 18 hour program.

Regional Institutes

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.

Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) Credit

Have you recently attended a SSL program that qualifies for CTLE credit? Please fill out a transcript request and scan and email it to to ensure you receive CTLE credit. If the NYLA office does not receive your transcrit request you will not receive CTLE credit for the workshops you have attended.

Submitting Proposals to Conduct Professional Development Workshops

NYLA accepts proposals from subject-area experts who wish to conduct workshops at our Annual Conference or Professional Development Webinars throughout the year. 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:

(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.