Library Staff Development

For more information or to access to any of our training opportunities, please contact Naomi Diebel, Staff Development Coordinator:

Upcoming 2024 Live Training Sessions

Managing Hostile Interactions

Learn proven strategies for managing hostile interactions in a manner that dramatically increases the likelihood of a constructive resolution for both parties. These sessions are held over two 3.5 hour blocks on consecutive days.

The Spring 2024 dates are:

  • Tuesday, March 12 & Wednesday, March 13.
    Registration deadline is February 20.
  • Tuesday, April 9 & Wednesday, April 10. 
    Registration deadline is March 19.
  • Tuesday, May 7 & Wednesday, May 8. 
    Registration deadline is April 16.

Foundations of Coaching & Advanced Coaching

The Foundations course focuses on understanding what coaching is (and is not), and ways it can apply for leaders and managers. Students begin to build, through theory and practice, some of the key foundational coaching skills, and introduce the GROW coaching model. The focus is on a blend of theory and practice, with extra attention to practicing coaching and receiving a lot of feedback. An advanced course is also available.

The 2024 dates are:

  • Foundations Course: May 7/10/14 and May 28/31/June 4
  • Fall Foundations Course: Oct 15/18/22 and Nov 12/15/19
  • Advanced Coaching: Oct 29/Nov 1/5 and Nov 26/29/Dec 3


ONGOING, Self Paced Training

AIDE Canada’s Autism Awareness for Librarians Course

This course offers information about autism and intellectual disability for library personnel. It offers communication techniques and strategies for supporting autistic people and people with intellectual disability. It also presents ideas for increasing a library's capacity to serve the autism and/or intellectual disability community.

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Ace the 3Rs and Moments of Power Customer Service Training

Offered through the UVic Gustavson School of Business this training is available to all public library staff across BC. These popular courses include informative, actionable content based on easy to follow frameworks that are applicable whether you serve customers or colleagues locally or internationally. After completing a final quiz, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business. 

To Register:

Homeless Training

Homeless Training by Ryan Dowd is an online de-escalation training for staff who interact with individuals experiencing homelessness .

To register:

Homelessness Services Association of BC 

Through our partnership with the Homelessness Services Association of BC, Public Library InterLINK is pleased to provide free access to in person workshops and webinars for library staff.  Topics include substance abuse awareness, work-life balance for front line workers and conflict, communication and listening skills. For a comprehensive list of upcoming training opportunities, please see the calendar:

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Indigenous Awareness and Indigenous Relations 

All library staff in BC have access to the Indigenous Awareness and Indigenous Relations training courses offered through the Indigenous Relations Academy.  These courses offer a foundation of knowledge about the historical background of indigenous relations in Canada and students can expect to learn about history, culture and relationships with indigenous people.

Contact to register

Library Juice Academy

Library Juice Academy offers an exciting range of online classes focusing on building practical skills in topics such as accessibility, cataloguing, collections, outreach, readers advisory, youth services and more.  Courses are designed and taught by librarians and are offered asynchronously, allowing students to work when it’s convenient. 

Public Libraries will receive a 20% discount when they register for LJA courses through InterLINK.

Questions? Want to register for a course? Please email

Safe Harbour: Respect for all Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

Offered by the Affiliation of Multi-cultural societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA), this workshop will help participants build awareness of diversity, understand the value of diversity and inclusion and address issues of discrimination in the workplace.

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