The Librarian’s Ultimate Resource Roundup

With you, your patrons, and your loved ones spending more time at home during this difficult period, it is of utmost importance for us here at Booklist to provide you with resources that keep you connected, informed, and hopeful about the world around us. The below links, compiled with the help of Audio editor and librarian Heather Booth, bring professional development webinars, virtual story times, organizational tools, online meeting tips, and more right to your fingertips.

Album Plus Book Pairings from “Two Bossy Dames”

From the creators of the Two Bossy Dames newsletter come pairings of full albums with brilliant books (think Margo Lanagan’s The Brides of Rollrock Island and Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone).

Booklist Digital Editions

As you may already know, Booklist is now freely accessible to all; that includes 20-plus years of content, reviews, articles, interviews, subscription required.

Booklist Webinars

Sign up for upcoming free, hour-long webinars here, and check out our brand-new YouTube playlist, a collection of 10 high-interest webinars from over the past year, here.

A Crowdsourced List of Free Webinars and Trainings for Academic Library Workers from Librarian Jessica Dai

Eleven precious pages of information . . . and counting. What would we do without Google Docs?

DK’s Stay Home Hub

To support readers during this unprecedented time, DK has launched the Stay Home Hub, which offers informative and inspirational resources for people of all ages, with a focus on home-learning tasks for children and activities for adults.

Encantos Learning Hub

Kid-focused public benefit corporation Encantos curates educational PDFs and online lessons for parents and educators adapting to home learning.


A delightfully thorough list from “the first and only national political action committee for libraries.”

Free Online Resources from Librarian Jay Gibson

Google Doc alert! Jay Gibson, a director of library services in the Tampa Bay area is updating this document weekly, gathering links to educational sites, online databases, and other free news and resources.

Heather Booth’s Personal Resource List

A lot of librarians (Booth included) are compiling resource lists. Here’s her comprehensive Google Doc. Want to share your own list or the list of a colleague? Please contact Briana Shemroske at [email protected].

Ingram’s Adult Book Buzz for Summer 2020

Get the scoop on summer must-reads (either live or on demand) from two collection development librarians at Ingram.

Jbrary Storytime

The Jbrary blog, created by children’s librarians Lindsey and Dana, offers ample storytime tips. Click the link above for livestreams, podcasts, and YouTube playlists (to name a few), and follow the hashtag #kidlitquarantine on Twitter for the latest updates.


An exciting partnership between Public Libraries 2030 and the University of South Carolina, Librarian.Support collects “staff development resources for all librarians working from home.”

Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness

The Homeless Training Institute, founded by Ryan Dowd, author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, offers both free and subscription-based webinars for librarian staff.

Library Love Fest List of Resources

The HarperCollins library marketing team is collecting virtual readings, teaching guides, author interviews, etc. Click above to learn more!

My America Virtual Tour

You’re likely already familiar with the American Writers Museum’s My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today exhibit, which spotlights more than 30 writers from a wide range of backgrounds and literary traditions. But did you know you can now explore the exhibit virtually? Start your tour above.

Pandemic Preparedness and Professional Development and Training Resources

A crucial compilation from the American Library Association featuring library responses and policy as well as webcasts from the CDC, ACRL, American Libraries Live, PLA, and United for Libraries.

Princeton Public Library

The Princeton Public Library, municipality of Princeton, and Princeton public schools have collaborated to create this resource-rich web page, complete with information about local businesses and daily updates from the mayor.

RAILS Continuing Education Archives

Access the Reaching Across Illinois Library System’s (RAILS) past informational webinars above and register for forthcoming programs, such as next Thursday’s “Pop-Up Library Presentation,” here.

Southern Ontario Library Service

In this blog post from the Southern Ontario Library Service, Anne Marie Madziak discusses free upcoming webinars, self-directed online courses, and productivity in this strange and uncertain time.

Upcoming Webcasts and Archived Recordings from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

In the next week alone, ACRL will host three COVID-19-specific webinars, tackling topics including the sudden switch to online reference, managing remote workers, and evaluating online data. Register for these—and view past webinars—above.

Westmont Library

Not only has Heather Booth’s local library completely revamped their main web page, but they are also sharing resources on different topics each day here, on their Facebook page.

Yes, You Can! Tips for Moving Online at Short Notice, an ALISE Webinar

Seasoned instructors Lauren Saunders and Melissa A. Wong provide an hour-long workshop about transitioning face-to-face courses to the World Wide Web.'

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