RAILS CE Archives: Over 150 Training Opportunities for Staff

RAILS would like to remind members of our vast array of free, recorded webinars and workshops available through the RAILS CE Archives. At a time when many libraries may require staff to work from home for the foreseeable future, engaging in staff learning may be an excellent option for telecommuting.

A full list of our recorded trainings can be found at: https://www.railslibraries.info/services/ce-archives/. Staff need to simply log in to the RAILS website using their L2 credentials to access the full list of trainings, as well as any supporting documents.

Below you will find a partial list of recorded trainings that may be of interest. You can also find a list of upcoming CE events at https://www.railslibraries.info/events.


JJ's List Disability Awareness Training

Library Accessibility: What Public Library Staff and Trustees Need to Know

Cataloging/Technical Services

Cataloging Non-Traditional Resources

Assessment of Technical Services

FRBR (Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records)

Understanding WEMI(Work, Expression, Manifestation, Item)

Census 2020

Links to Recordings on the RAILS Census 2020 Pulse Page


Librarian Copyright Superpowers:Interlibrary Loan, Preservation, Fair Use and More!

Copyright and Standardized Rights Statements for Digital Collections

Data Literacy

Great Graphs: Transform Spreadsheets into Stories with Data Visualization

Report Redesign

Developing a Scalable Strategy for Gathering and Reporting Analytics

Introduction to Google Data Studio

Simple Spreadsheets: Data Analysis Techniques and Time-Saving Tips

Using Your Data Superpowers for Good

Wrangling Library Data Patron Privacy

Collection Development

Developing Diverse Children's and YA Collections: What They Don't Teach You in Grad School

Truly Great Children's Books of 2019


Conducting a Library Facility Security Assessment

Opiate Users in Your Library: From Behavior Management to Overdoses

Space Planning


Director Essentials - Finances

Library Use of Social Media - Navigating the Legal Landscape


A Librarian's Crash Course in Marketing: The Beginner's Guide to Promoting Your Collection and Events

Facts Tell, Stories Sell: Marketing Your Library's Message

How to Create Social Media Video on a Shoestring Budget: Tips & Tools

How to Use Social Media to Build Community and Drive Engagement

Marketing & Community Partnerships

Revamping Strategies for Social Success

Video for Libraries - Why Video is a Tool Your Need for Telling Your Library's Story

Usability Testing

Stop Talking and Start Testing: How to Improve Your Website with Usability Testing

Usability Testing for Everyone and Everything

Other Topics

Don't Panic! It's Only the Law. . . Resources for Patron Legal Inquiries

Methods for Creating and Assessing Library Outreach Initiatives

Promoting Fairness and Belonging: Insights from Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat

Winning Grants: Essentials for Writing Effective Proposals

Additional Training Resources

RAILS members on the Community Engagement listserv have begun compiling a list of additional online learning resources. You can view that list, as well as contribute resources, at this link.

As always, feel free to reach out to RAILS with any questions or suggestions at ce@railslibraries.info or 630.734.5132.

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