Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Virtual Professional Development: General Info

How to conference amid coronavirus restrictions - Go virtual!

We’d like to encourage you to dream big while travel is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Many top-notch conferences and training events are virtual this year. Instead of this being a drawback, think of it as an opportunity to experience a specialized conference that would normally be difficult to attend. For example, try an international conference or a highly specialized training event. Many other states are also offering training opportunities to which we would normally not have access. We’ll post some opportunities here that you can use as a jumping off point.

Explore your options and let us know what you’d like to try, we will consider anything you propose. You may want to renew standard librarian expertise or develop project management or marketing skills. There are a lot of social issues that affect your communities, like developing digital literacy, helping the unemployed or students learning from home, or facilitating important discussions like racism in your organization or communities. We’re ready to enable your development in any of these areas – and more.

Washington State Library (WSL) funds Professional Development (PD) Grants for all library staff that work at least ten hours in a library. These awards use federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Sciences and Technology Act (LSTA).

Your organization can apply for awards to send library staff to conferences, workshops or seminars.

We accept applications between 90 and 15 days before an event.

We encourage everyone to try to take advantage of savings like early bird registration and group rates.

Contact WSLgrants@sos.wa.gov for more information or help.