With in-person training sessions now postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, many organisations are making Continuing Personal Development (CPD) material available online. 

This includes live sessions where you can participate in debate and online courses which have been designed to enhance existing skills as well as develop new ones.

Below you will find a selection of CPD courses which you can access during social distancing measures.

The Carnegie UK Trust has developed a new leadership programme in partnership with CILIP. The Stepping into Leadership course was originally developed as part of the Carnegie Library Lab (CLL), to encourage creativity, innovation and leadership in public libraries in the UK and Ireland.

The course can be accessed by those working in the library and information sector and aims to: 

  • Increase understanding of key leadership concepts
  • Encourage reflection on your own leadership qualities
  • Develop a personal action plan to improve your effectiveness as a leader


With social distancing postponing all in-person training sessions CILIPS has introduced a series of online learing sessions to help members keep up-to-date with their professional development during the Coronavirus pandemic.

CILIPS Online Learning offers a number of talks on a variety of topics. The live sessions take place via Zoom every Friday from 11am - 12 noon. All sessions are free for members but places are limited - members must register for any sessions they would like to attend.


Culture & Wellbeing Community Network Scotland is a joint venture between SLIC and Fun Palaces Scotland.
The group, which offers peer training and online discussions, is supported by Fun Palaces Scotland Ambassador Lewis Hou. Every week the Facebook-based network hosts peer-led Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions which involve librarians, cross-sector practitioners and community groups across Scotland interested in culture and wellbeing.
There are weekly live themed discussions both by video and text and monthly open forums every Tuesday. Queries, resource sharing and network building is encouraged in between.
Resources and discussions are all organised into archived Units and accessible at any time.
If you have any questions or queries relating to accessing the Facebook group you can contact Lewis directly.


Libraries of Sanctuary have published a Resource Pack which is full of information and ideas. It is aimed at public library staff but designed to be shared with all frontline staff & volunteers.



The British Library has developed a number of webinars in response to the Coronavirus pandemic as part of their Living Knowledge Network (LKN) - a UK-wide partnership of national and public libraries.

For a limited time they have made the webinars available beyond the network for the benefit of all public libraries. The first webinar developed focuses on working well remotely. You can view this and register for more webinars using the link below.


This toolkit was created by public libraries in Aarhus, Denmark and Chicago in the USA with funding from the Gates Foundation. The Design Thinking for Libraries toolkit introduces a way of working that helps libraries understand the needs of patrons and how to engage with communities as well as encouraging services to experiment to create services, processes and programmes that meet the changing needs of customers.

The Open University has made a number of courses free to support learning in light of the current Black Lives Matter Movement.


There is also Continual Personal Development available on an international level. For instance, the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science and Public Libraries 2030 has made their expertise available to libraries wanting to use this time for professional development.

You can view thier sessions by clicking on the link below: