Continuing Education

NYLA provides a wide array of continuing education opportunities ranging from our Annual Conference and Trade Show to the Developing Leaders Program and online Webinars.

Annual Conference and Trade Show

The Annual Conference and Trade Show held in 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 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! PLEASE LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT BEFORE CLICKING THIS LINKNYLA's Webinarary is behind a paywall to ensure only NYLA members can access this content. 

Developing Leaders Program

The Developing Leaders Program (DLP) is a six-month program (January-June), totaling 50 contact hours, which 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 with two in-person programs. Participants will be divided into groups to complete a team-based project and will be matched with a mentor in the field. Applications for the 2024 Cohort are OPEN. Learn more here.

VIRTUAL Library Skills Academy

As of 2021, the Library Skills Academy has been reworked into an online format.  The program now consists of 6 90-minute live webinars taking place over the course of 6 consecutive weeks. The program remains open to individuals already working in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries.  You can learn more and register for the Fall 2023 here.

Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) or CE (Continuing Education) Credit

Have you recently attended a program that qualifies for CTLE or CE credit?

If you attended a 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 transcript request you will not receive CTLE credit for the workshops you have attended for $10. These CTLE credits will also appear in your NYLA Account under "Personal Details" and then under the "CE Transcript" section..

If you attended a program that qualifies for CE Credit: These credits will automatically appear in your NYLA Account under "Personal Details" and then under the "CE Transcript" section. If you need a physical certificate, please email with the name of the program you attended and we can issue you a physical certificate for $10. 

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.

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:

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!